Having won the toss Charlotte Edwards had no hesitation in opting to bat this time round. In a smart move New Zealand opened with spinner Morna Nielsen who kept things very tight and then accounted for Heather Knight who tried to play a paddle sweep in the fifth over of the game, but left her leg stump exposed and was bowled for 5. Lauren Winfield had a lucky escape before she scored, dropped behind by Priest diving to her right, and then looked completely out of sorts struggling to time anything she managed to hit. But she survived long enough for her and Edwards to put together a partnership of 54, before she tried the umpire's patience once too often with her pads and was adjudged lbw for 14 off 40 balls. This brought Taylor to the crease and suddenly it looked a different game. She timed the ball from the off and hit a beautiful 45 from 41 balls. At the other end Edwards also looked to be in fine touch and passed 50 for the 44th time before she lost another partner. Suzie Bates had decided to turn to unproven international spinner Anna Peterson. She appeared to be bowling a mixture of off breaks and the occasional leg break. But with her fifth ball in international cricket she enticed Taylor to try and whip the ball over midwicket. She failed to do so and left Taylor swishing her bat in anguish yet again as she headed to the pavilion. The pair had added 68 with the lion's share going to Taylor and England were on 129/3 with 20 overs still in hand.
The middle order needed to consolidate, but Lydia Greenway heaved at Peterson and was bowled for 0 and Nat Sciver (10) was out immediately after the second drinks break, playing round a straight one from Sophie Devine. At 144/5 the pressure was back on Edwards and unfortunately she succumbed as she was bowled by her erstwhile Kent team-mate, leggie Erin Bermingham, trying to work the ball to the legside. At 152/6 with 11 overs to go England opted for slow accumulation mode, but Brunt was caught behind off Bermingham for 16 and Gunn dollied up a full toss from Petersen to square leg for 5. Dani Hazell and Anya Shrubsole made sure England used most of their overs before they too succumbed and England had just 194 on the board. It was well short of a par score. Probably 60/70 runs short.
England needed a good start, but when Anya Shrubsole's first over went for three boundaries off the bat of Rachel Priest, the signs were ominous for both Shrubsole, who has been out of sorts, and England. But Edwards then contributed more than any bowler as she ran out Suzie Bates, as she started for a single before the ball had gone passed Edwards' outstretched hand. Edwards parried it and then got it into Taylor behind the stumps before Bates could get back. It was a huge bonus for England and a body-blow for New Zealand.
|Anya Shrubsole who claimed 4/36 (c) Don Miles|
re-introduce Anya Shrubsole to the fray, and she rewarded her skipper's faith in her. She bowled Broadmore on the back foot and then next ball had McGlashan lbw. Two overs later Perkins was her third victim, lbw playing across the line and then Devine was bowled by a peach of a yorker, which removed her leg stump. The New Zealanders had slumped to 82/7 and the game was effectively over. Shrubsole finished her 10 overs with 4/36 and looked to be back on song. The Kiwis will not fancy facing her again on Sunday!
Dani Hazell and Brunt finished the game off as New Zealand were bowled out for 104 in the 37th over. Charlotte Edwards was named player of the match and England will once again be favourites for the third game on Sunday. New Zealand will struggle now that England have their dander up.
Full scorecard here - http://scoring.blackcaps.co.nz/livescoring/match2513/scorecard.aspx