England Women claim six wicket victory over New Zealand.
17.02.2012 - Cricket
England women got their Twenty20 series off to a flying start with a six wicket victory over the New Zealand White Ferns today.
Anya Shrubsole put in a match winning performance taking a career best 5-11 - the best Twenty20 figures in England Women's history.
Charlotte Edwards opted to field first at the Westpac Stadium and the decision paid off as England's bowlers excelled, restricting the hosts to 80 for nine from their 20 overs.
Shrubsole claimed her first scalp of Sara McGlashan in the fourth over and the hosts continued to suffer to the hands of the Somerset seamer as Susie Bates and Katie Perkins were bowled in the sixth over, leaving New Zealand on 21 for three.
Danielle Hazell put in a fine performance taking 3-15 with Susie Rowe landing the catch of Amy Satterthwaite as she skied to mid-on, then three balls later Hazell trapped Liz Perry plumb in front. The hosts were left struggling on 35 for six as Laura Marsh had Frances Mackay dismissed lbw attempting to sweep.
The White Ferns desperately tried to build through Kate Broadmore and Katey Martin, but as Shrubsole returned for her final spell Martin went lbw for 12 and Morna Neilsen was bowled for a duck next ball.
Broadmore batted out the innings with Sian Ruck as the hosts set England a modest target of 81.
Edwards and Laura Marsh attacked from the first ball and the captain posted a quick fire 19, hitting hit three boundaries before she picked out McGlashan at midwicket.
Ruck gave the hosts glimmer of hope when she bowled Marsh and then trapped Lydia Greenway lbw with consecutive deliveries.
But England continued to dominate as Sarah Taylor and Tamsin Beaumont comfortably knocked off the remaining 37 runs with 14 balls to spare, finishing not out on 31 and 17 respectively.
Player of the match Anya Shrubsole said: "We had a great start to the series today. We are all really pleased with our performance and to continue the momentum from our warm up games.
"All the bowlers did well today and were backed up with some great fielding.
"I'm delighted with my figures and performance; it's definitely a day I will remember. I'm really excited about the rest of the series."
The second T20 of the series will be played at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Sunday.
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
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