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England Women end warm-up with comprehensive win

Anya Shrubsole takes 4 for 10 to star in eight-wicket victory with New Zealand Women bowled out for 48

England Women end warm-up with comprehensive win - Cricket News
Anya Shrubsole took 4 wickets for just 10.

England Women ended its last warm-up match of the ICC World Twenty20 2014 with a comprehensive performance against New Zealand Women, the bowlers coming to the fore in an eight-wicket win. Anya Shrubsole took 4 for 10 as New Zealand was bowled out for just 48, and England then chased the target down in just 9.2 overs at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan No 3 Ground in Savar on Friday (March 21).

Shrubsole was the chief architect of the win, and was well supported by Rebecca Grundy and Jenny Gunn, who picked up five wickets between them.

England got off to a superb start after deciding to field. Shrubsole trapped Sam Curtis in front of the wicket off the first ball of the third over, and four balls later Gunn caught Suzie Bates.

After that Grundy joined the party to remove Sara McGlashan and Sophie Devine in one over. Shrubsole then sent Rachel Priest and Hayley Jensen back before Grundy accounted for Maddie Green. The procession of wickets meant that New Zealand was 19 for 7 before the end of the Power Play overs.

Katie Perkins and Frances Mackay, the only two batters to reach double digits, added 20 runs before Mackay was run out for 10.

Gunn trapped Georgia Guy in front and Perkins was the last player to be out for 15, off the second ball of the 15th over.

England’s chase got off to a steady start. Charlotte Edwards and Sarah Taylor put 28 runs before Devine caught and bowled Edwards for 21. Taylor followed soon after that, but Tammy Beaumont and Lydia Greenway remained unbeaten to finish off the task.

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