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England eves cruise into World Twenty20 final

England stormed into the final of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 after an all-round effort saw them post a convincing seven-wicket win over New Zealand in the first semifinal on Thursday. Skipper Charlotte Edwards led the chase with a knock of 33 after English bowlers restricted the Kiwis to a mere 93 for eight in 20 overs. Edwards was named player of the match for her batting and astute captaincy.

Chasing a not-so-challenging total, Edwards started in earnest scoring her runs in 37 balls, and with the help of five fours. After the skipper’s dismissal, wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor [22 off 32 balls] and Lydia Greenway’s brisk 19-ball 22 completed the task with as many as 16 balls to spare.

Medium-pacer Sian Ruck returned figures of two for 22 in her four overs for New Zealand. Earlier, the Kiwis failed to recover from early dismissals and lost wickets at regular intervals. Danielle Wyatt and Holly Colvin scalped two wickets apiece for England.

Brief scores: New Zealand: 93/8 in 20 overs [Satterthwaite 30, Danielle Wyatt 2/15, Holly Colvin 2/15]; England:  94/3 in 17.2 overs [Charlotte Edwards 33, Lydia Greenway 22].
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