Cricket - Edwards steers England home

Charlotte Edwards led England to victory.
Charlotte Edwards led England to victory.
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Captain Charlotte Edwards steered her England women’s team to a comfortable win over New Zealand today (February 19).

In the first of three Twenty/20 matches against the Kiwis, England won by eight wickets in Whangarei with 50 balls to spare.

Spinner Heather Knight (3-10) took three wickets for two runs to reduce New Zealand to 10-4 after five overs.

Anya Shrubsole later took 3-6 as New Zealand collapsed to their lowest T20 international score of just 60.

Edwards, who hails from Ramsey, made an unbeaten 32 as England reached their victory target after just 11.4 overs.

England lost Lauren Winfield for one with the score on five, but Edwards looked in confident mood and steered her side to an emphatic victory.

Victory was a measure of revenge for England after they lost the one-day series 2-1.

The second Twenty20 international is to be played at the same venue tomorrow (Friday).