Calcutta/Colombo: England Women, the only unbeaten side at the World T20, progressed serenely into Sunday’s final with a comprehensive seven-wicket triumph against New Zealand. Having restricted the opposition to 93 for eight from 20 overs, England cruised home with 16 balls to spare.
Charlotte Edwards led the way with a sprightly 37-ball 33, and Sarah Taylor and Lydia Greenway applied the finishing touches with a 40-run partnership. Greenway fell to the reverse-sweep with one needed, but New Zealand just didn’t have the runs on the board to give England serious jitters.
New Zealand’s day was summed up by an incident in the closing stages. Frances Mackay should have had Taylor stumped, but discovered to her mortification that she had bowled a back-foot no-ball. What should have been a wicket became a free hit.
Brief scores: New Zealand 93/8 in 20 ovs (A. Satterthwaite 30). England 94/3 in 17.2 ovs (C. Edwards 33). England won by 7 wkts.