Edwards revels in resounding win
Skipper Charlotte Edwards could not hide her delight after watching England’s women wrap up a convincing 2-0 NatWest International T20 success against India.
Sarah Taylor once again shone for the home side, who eased to an eight-wicket success at Chelmsford to follow up their victory at Canterbury two days ago.
Taylor struck 67 not out and, while acknowledging the opener’s fine efforts, Edwards was also quick to pay tribute to the rest of the XI.
She said: “I’m delighted; today was about us getting a result to win the series and we did that convincingly.
“I'm really pleased that it’s been an all-round team performance, though obviously Sarah Taylor has been a huge standout for us.
“It’s a really good ground for us here at Chelmsford; we’ve been successful here in the past so it’s nice to continue that and a nice way to wrap up the series.”
An excellent example of England’s brilliance came from Lydia Greenway, who produced a quite incredible piece of fielding during the India innings, which ended with the tourists being dismissed for 114.
Greenway’s diving stop to flick the ball back over the rope and prevent India’s top scorer Harmanpreet Kaur, who made 34, hitting a second six is sure to become a YouTube hit.
Edwards commented: “Lydia Greenway’s commitment to her fielding is second to none - she leads our fielding unit. Some of those stops were exceptional and she works really hard out there so all credit to her.
“The bowlers bowled well and we get people in the right places, fielding is something we set ourselves really high standards on and I’m pleased with how we performed today.”
For Edwards et al, attention immediately turns to the five-match one-day international series - which gets under way at Lord’s on Saturday - against the same opponents.
“We’re really looking forward to the one-day series,” added Edwards. “Playing at Lord’s is always special and we also love playing at some of the out-grounds.
“It’s great to have the opportunity to showcase the game to crowds that don’t often get to see us play.”