England maintain winning streak

Charlotte Edwards

Charlotte Edwards shows her class during her vital 65 to help England home

England women moved 4-0 ahead in the NatWest Series against Australia after a narrow two-wicket victory at Sir Paul Getty's Ground in Wormsley.

The home side needed seven to win off the final over, and Laura Marsh and Holly Colvin saw them through, with the winning run coming off the final delivery from Rene Farrell.

Earlier, Australia had recovered from a horrible start to reach 225 for seven from 50 overs, on a day when a pink ball was used for the first time in an international match in the United Kingdom.

That figure had looked a long way off when the tourists lost two wickets without a run on the board as Katherine Brunt ripped through the top order.

But Shelley Nitschke’s well-made 71, coupled with 52 from Karen Rolton, enabled Australia to set a total which almost proved too tough for England.

England got off to a solid start but it was captain Charlotte Edwards who, not for the first time, gave the innings momentum.

Her 65, coupled with a composed 50 from Lydia Greenway, helped turn things in their favour.

The partnership was worth 113 when Edwards was run out with to leave England 191 for five, but some timely hitting from Marsh, who also carried England to victory in the third ODI at Stratford-upon-Avon, and Colvin saw Mark Lane's side to yet another win a 4-0 lead in the five-game series.