England Women continued their winning ways with Lydia Greenway hitting 46 off 39 balls as the tourists claimed a 54-run victory in their final warm-up game against New Zealand emerging players, at The Bert Sutcliffe Oval today.
Charlotte Edwards and Laura Marsh opened England's innings with a quick fire 31 before Edwards was caught in the fifth over. Marsh followed two balls later as she hit towards square leg and was caught by wicketkeeper Meg Kendal.
Just as Jenny Gunn (16) got into her stride the vice-captain was unlucky for the ball not to carry over the ropes and was caught in the deep, leaving England on 74 for four.
But it was Lydia Greenway who impressed top scoring, hitting four boundaries and sharing a 34-run partnership off 23 balls with Tamsin Beaumont. The Kent partnership was broken as Beaumont was run out on the last ball of the eighteenth over and Greenway was caught four balls later.
Heather Knight added a quick fire 12 off the eight balls she faced and partnered Georgia Elwiss for the last three balls as England finished on 140 for eight from their 20 overs.
Another disciplined performance from England's bowlers ensured the hosts were restricted to 86 for five with Marsh allowing just eight runs from her four overs.
Gunn (2-23) and Danielle Wyatt (1-16) shared the wickets and England's authority in the field accounted for the run-outs of Janet Brehaut and Anna Peterson.
Lydia Greenway said: "It was another solid performance from us today, we got the runs on the board, stayed disciplined with the ball and took our opportunities in the field.
"With us coming out here from our off season it's been really good to get out in the middle and get use to the conditions. It was really satisfying to get some runs under my belt today before we head into the series.
"We've had three good warm up games out here in Lincoln and we are all now ready for the Twenty20 series. Although we have played New Zealand many times we won't be taking anything for granted as they are a strong Twenty20 side so we're all looking forward to an exciting series."
England women kick off their T20 series against the White Ferns in Wellington on Friday.
Highlights of all matches can be viewed on the New Zealand Cricket website<http://www.blackcaps.co.nz/schedule/white-ferns-host-england/117/series.aspx>
England women match schedule
Friday 17 February, 1st T20 Westpac Stadium, Wellington 1445 (0145 GMT) (before Black Caps v South Africa)
Sunday 19 February, 2nd T20 Seddon Park, Hamilton 1445 (0145 GMT) (before Black Caps v South Africa)
Wednesday 22 February, 3rd T20 Eden Park, Auckland 1445 (0145 GMT) (before Black Caps v South Africa)
Saturday 25 February, 4th T20 Queens Park, Invercargill 1400 (0100 GMT)
Sunday 26 February, 5th T20 Queens Park, Invercargill 1400 (0100 GMT)
Thursday 1 March, 1st ODI Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln University 1030 (2130 Wed 29th Feb GMT)
Saturday 3 March, 2nd ODI Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln University 1030 (2130 Fri 2nd March GMT)
Monday 5 March, 3rd ODI Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln University 1030 (2130 Sun 4th March GMT
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