Charlotte Edwards marks 200th England captaincy with win

By Stephan ShemiltBBC Sport in Lincoln, NZ
The England team celebrate victory
Edwards' achievement was celebrated with her team-mates
Third Twenty20 international, Lincoln
New Zealand women 97-9 (20 overs): Knight 2-12, Hazell 2-15
England women 102-5 (18.4 overs): Knight 26, Tahuhu 3-28
England won by five wickets

England women marked Charlotte Edwards's 200th game as captain with a five-wicket win over New Zealand that sealed the Twenty20 series 2-1.

England restricted the hosts to 97-9, Heather Knight, Danielle Hazell and Laura Marsh taking two wickets each.

Knight then made 26 and Lydia Greenway 25 as England reached their target with eight balls to spare in Lincoln.

Edwards, who scored five, said: "There was a lot of hype, but in our dressing room it was all about the series win."

ECB managing director Paul Downton was among those in attendance and prior to the match made a presentation to the 35-year-old who says she wants to play on to the 2017 World Cup.

"There were a few tears walking out but it was great to have people here to mark the occasion," she told BBC Sport.

England women's captain Charlotte Edwards in action against New Zealand
Edwards was bowled trying to cut Lea Tahuhu

Edwards, who made her England debut in 1996 at the age of 16 and took over as captain in 2005, became the first England player - man or woman - to captain in 200 internationals.

The Kent batter has presided over three Ashes series wins as well as the World Cup and World T20 successes of 2009.

In 2014 she became only the second woman to be named one of Wisden's Cricketers of the Year.

Edwards for England
Tests: 1,645 runs from 22 matches at 45.69 average; four centuries and nine fifties
ODIs: 5,728 runs from 183 matches at 38.18; nine centuries and 44 fifties
T20s: 2,295 runs from 84 matches at 33.32; 10 fifties

Winning the toss and inviting the hosts to bat at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Edwards saw her spinners stifle New Zealand.

After home captain Suzie Bates was held on the leg-side boundary in the third over, it began a procession in which only two Kiwis passed double figures.

Indeed, if it had not been Sophie Devine's 31-ball 37, including a straight six off Jenny Gunn, the contest would have been even more one-sided.

Although opener Edwards was bowled trying to cut Lea Tahuhu early on, Knight and Sarah Taylor ensured the England chase began with good momentum.

Sarah Taylor
Sarah Taylor scored 20 off 18 balls

They fell in quick succession, leaving Greenway and Natalie Sciver to push the tourists to the brink of victory.

A succession a dot balls prolonged the match, but Katherine Brunt's six sealed Edwards's 129th victory as captain.

"I'm really proud of the way of the way we played and to win in a convincing manner was really pleasing," Edwards said.

On Thursday (21:30 GMT on Wednesday), the sides will resume the one-day series which preceded the T20s, with New Zealand leading 2-1 and two games remaining.

Edwards's career highlights
Made international debut against New Zealand in 1996, becoming then youngest player to represent England
Hit her highest ODI score of 173 not out against Ireland in the 1997 World Cup, the day before her 18th birthday
Helped England win Ashes for first time in 42 years in 2005
Named women's cricketer of the year by ICC in 2008
Guided England to victory in 2009 World Cup and World Twenty20
During 2013-2014, led England to back-to-back Ashes wins over Australia

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