Claire Taylor shines as England women beat New Zealand

Women's quadrangular one-day series:
England 237-9 (50 overs) beat New Zealand 179 (45.4 overs) by 58 runs at Derby (match scorecard)
Australia 216-7 (50 overs) beat India 215 (49.4 overs) by three wickets at Chesterfield (match scorecard)
Claire Taylor batting against New Zealand
Claire Taylor struck seven fours in her 23rd one-day half century

England women extended their winning streak to six matches with a 58-run victory over New Zealand at Derby.

Claire Taylor top scored with 67 and namesake Sarah made a valuable unbeaten 41 as they posted a total of 237-9.

The White Ferns slumped to 11-4 in reply and although Aimee Watkins hit 59, they were bowled out for 179.

England next face Australia at Lord's on Tuesday, with the two sides already guaranteed to meet again in the final of the 50-over quadrangular series.

Both teams have beaten India and New Zealand, with England looking to lift the longer format trophy, having already won the Twenty20 tournament.

They suffered a shock at the start against New Zealand when Heather Knight and skipper Charlotte Edwards departed in the space of three balls to leave them on 1-2.

Knight's duck was her second of the tournament, in which she has so far faced only six deliveries.

Danielle Wyatt contributed 30 to a stand of 55 with Claire Taylor, who then took over the leading role as she and Lydia Greenway (34) added 89 for the fourth wicket.

It was Sarah Taylor, however, who pushed the total well beyond 200 with an enterprising 43-ball knock and Arran Brindle chipped in with a useful 20.

All-rounder Brindle then took two wickets with the new ball as New Zealand made a dreadful start to their reply.

And although Watkins and Suzie Bates (40) batted well, they lost their last four wickets for only 28 runs as spinner Laura Marsh claimed 3-50 and were all out in the 46th over.

"It was a good victory for the team," Claire Taylor said afterwards. "I enjoyed batting with Lydia Greenway and putting on a partnership. We looked to take any runs that were on offer out there and build a sizeable total to make us as competitive as possible going out to bowl.

"The team is playing some good cricket at the moment and there is more in us yet, we'll take confidence into the next game."

In the day's other match, Australia scored a thrilling last-ball win over India at Chesterfield.

Poonam Raut (60) and Mithali Raj (49) provided the main impetus in India's 215 all out, before Shelley Nitschke laid the foundation for Australia's reply with 78 off 100 balls.

But they slumped from 152-2 to 168-5 after she was caught behind off Jhulan Goswami and it needed Sarah Coyte and Clea Smith to hold their nerve in the final over to see them home on 216-7.

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