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Edwards leads England to tT20 victory over New Zealand

Tuesday 29th June 2010

Kent“s Charlotte Edwards (pictured) led England women to victory in the first NatWest Women“s International t20 at Chelmsford.

Opening the batting and top scoring (46) for England, Edwards set the standard to which Claire Taylor (34) followed. Her county team mate, Lydia Greenway (23 not out), showed her power to clear the ropes and followed with a record breaking performance in the field-to be the first player to take four catches in an international Twenty20 match.
England defended a total of 150 for five with their well-drilled bowling and athletic fielding performance. Wickets were shared amongst the England bowlers with Danielle Hazell and Anya Shrubsole taking two apiece. Danielle Wyatt picked up three for 12 to seal victory with seven balls to spare, justifying Edwards“ decision to employ spin for almost 14 of the 18.5 overs England bowled.

Talking after the win, Edwards said: “The bowlers performed fantastically well today, I was after a big performance from the team and they delivered. Hopefully this is the start of things to come this summer, we need to take this performance forward with us.”

Player of the match Lydia Greenway was pleased with her achievements saying: “I had a good day but credit to the bowlers; they put it in the right areas. Hopefully this is the start of a good summer and we are on the way back up.”

England and New Zealand will play the second t20 on Thursday July 1, at The Rose Bowl.

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