Taylor, Greenway clinch thrilling win for England Women
2014 finalist clinches last-ball victory in first warm-up match after New Zealand Women put up 130 for 6
11 March 2016 23:43
Sarah Taylor's half-century and Lydia Greenway's cameo were the highlights of England Women's thrilling four-wicket victory over New Zealand Women.
Requiring 10 runs off the last over in pursuit of New Zealand's 130 for 6, Greenway and Natalie Sciver managed to secure victory off the very last delivery.
After Lea Tahuhu dismissed Amy Jones early in the chase, Taylor and Charlotte Edwards, the England captain, brought the innings back on track with a 75-run stand. But when Thamsyn Newton, the medium pacer, removed Edwards for 28, England suffered a small hiccup, losing its next three wickets for only 26 runs to slip from 75 for 2 to 101 for 5, Taylor also back in the hut for 51, bowled by Bates.
With 30 runs needed off 23 balls, the equation was still in England's favour, but New Zealand continued to pile on the pressure and push the required run-rate up. It was then that Greenway took charge. The left-hander scored a vital 23 off 16 deliveries with only two boundaries, to guide England to a last-ball win.
Earlier, Katherine Brunt dismissed Rachel Priest for 7, vindicating England's decision to field first. Bates and Sophie Devine, however, shared a 65-run stand to blunt the opposition bowling attack.
Once Bates was dismissed by Rebecca Grundy, the left-arm spinner, for a 33-ball 38, New Zealand's scoring rate slowed down. Devine perished for 40 soon after in the 16th over, and it found itself 99 for 3.
It was a cameo from Satterthwaite at the back end of the innings that propelled New Zealand to a competitive score. The left-hander scored 22 off 14 balls including two fours and a six.
For England, Katherine Brunt, returning after suffering from back trouble in South Africa, finished with the best figures of 2 for 15.
New Zealand Women 130/6 in 20 overs (Suzie Bates 38, Sophie Devine 40, Amy Satterthwaite 22; KAtherine Brunt 2-15) lost to England Women 131/6 in 20 overs (Charlotte Edwards 28, Sarah Taylor 51, Lydia Greenway 23*; Lea Tahuhu 2-10, Suzie Bates 2-22) by four wickets.