Monday, March 5, 2012
England women beat New Zealand to seal 3-0 series whitewash
Sarah Taylor scored an unbeaten hundred as England beat New Zealand by six wickets to seal a 3-0 series whitewash.
The wicketkeeper struck 109 off 113 balls in a stand of 201 with Lydia Greenway (84) as England passed their target of 221 with 44 balls to spare.
Earlier, Laura Marsh and Danni Wyatt took three wickets apiece as England bowled their hosts out for 220.
Arran Brindle claimed two wickets as the Kiwis collapsed from 202-5, with Amy Satterthwaite top-scoring with 58.
The tourists lost openers Tamsin Beaumont and captain Charlotte Edwards within the first six overs, both adjudged lbw to Rachel Candy
But Taylor and Lydia Greenway rebuilt the innings with the fifth-highest stand by an England pair in one-day internationals.
England also won the Twenty20 series 4-0, with the only match they did not win - a T20 in Invercargill - having been called off without a ball being bowled.
"It was a fantastic team performance today," said Taylor. "The bowlers bowled well to restrict New Zealand and I was delighted to contribute and get a big score.
"Lydia batted really well. It was great to share a partnership with her on such a fantastic wicket.
"Once we got in we just looked accumulate and build the runs. We knew that if we just batted the runs would come.
"The whole team have performed throughout the tour and to go unbeaten in both series is a fantastic achievement."