Opportunity knocks for Elwiss

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Sarah Taylor & Georgia Elwiss

England women's seamer Georgia Elwiss is aware she must grab whatever opportunities come her way while she is in New Zealand

Georgia Elwiss conceded that opportunities to showcase her talent in New Zealand have been limited so the Staffordshire seamer is determined to grab them whenever they come along.

The 20-year-old claimed 2-32 in today's five-wicket win at Lincoln as the tourists took a 1-0 lead in the three-match one-day international series.

That game was only her second international this tour following an appearance in the fifth and final Twenty20, where her 2-30 helped England complete a 4-0 series victory.

"It was good to be involved," Elwiss told ecb.co.uk.

"I've been itching to get going after watching the Twenty20s. That's what happens when you are part of a world-class squad. You might not always play. I knew that when I got my chance I had to take it."

Elwiss did just that, setting England on their way with the early wicket of Lucy Doolan before returning to dismiss Amy Satterthwaite, who was dangerously poised on 38.

"It was good to get a couple of wickets and contribute to a win," said Elwiss, who has played three ODIs and two T20s since first pulling on an England shirt in South Africa in October.

"I feel settled in now. It's really exciting to be involved in the games and with such a great group of girls."

England have endured a sodden tour of New Zealand and it looked like the opening ODI would be lost to the rain.

Coach Mark Lane described the Bert Sutcliffe Oval outfield as a 'lake' on an early inspection of the ground, only for the sun to unexpectedly come out. The groundstaff ensured the pitch was playable and a 50-over game started just an hour later than scheduled.

"It was bucketing it down," said Elwiss. "We didn't think we'd get a full game."

Rachel Priest & Charlotte Edwards

Charlotte Edwards scored 84 as England won comfortably in Lincoln. "Lottie is a step above everyone else," said Elwiss

When the match began, England captain Charlotte Edwards elected to bowl, which proved wise as New Zealand were reduced to 52 for three. They eventually recovered and set England 234 to win, but the tourists completed victory with 10 balls remaining thanks to 84 from the skipper and Laura Marsh's rapid 44.

"We spoke about the pitch and we thought it would do a bit in the first half hour," said Elwiss.

"At 52 for three, we were well on top but Sarah McGlashan and Amy Satterthwaite put on a good partnership.

"We thought we could chase that total down. Lottie batted brilliantly. She times the ball better than anyone I have seen. She's a step above everyone else.

"Boggy (Marsh) fully deserved to be player of the match. She played a fantastic knock. She's making her way up the batting order.

"It's the perfect start. A win's a win and there are areas we can work on. We want to win this series 3-0 and remain unbeaten."