England hope to put it across NZ in women's T20 final

Updated: 20 June 2009 13:14 IST

England would look to assert their supremacy in women's cricket by winning another major title when they clash with New Zealand in the final of the WT20.

England hope to put it across NZ in women's T20 final

London:

England would look to assert their supremacy in women's cricket by winning another major title when they clash with New Zealand in the final of the inaugural World Twenty20 on Sunday.

England, the one-day world champions, have hardly put a foot wrong in the event and have won all their four encounters with consummate ease.

The Kiwis are no push overs as they too are unconquered so far, winning all their league matches before crushing India in the semi-final.

Both the sides have some exciting batters in their side and going by their performance so far, another high scoring match is on the cards.

The trio of skipper Charlotte Edwards, Sarah and Claire Taylor at the top makes a dangerous England line up and Kiwi bowlers have to get rid of them quickly if they are to upset the formidable hosts.

The awesome threesome share five fifties among them and have done bulk of the scoring for the hosts.

Claire has hit two half-centuries in the event with the second and a scintillating one coming against Australia in the semi-final on Friday.

Kiwi left-arm seamer Sian Ruck, who has the ability to swing the ball, will have to deliver if New Zealand are to contain the England top-order.

For New Zealand a lot depends on the performance of skipper Aimee Watkins, who is in red hot form. She has two half-centuries under her belt and has a penchant of making big scores.

The left-handed skipper will have to fire one more time to put the hosts under pressure although she has a strong batting line up with Suzie Bates at the top and Nicola Browne and Sara McGlashan in the middle.

Lucy Doolan has shown her all round abilities and could emerge as a key performer for the visitors.

England have a good pace attack in Laura Marsh, Katherine Brunt and Nicky Shaw but spinner Holly Colvin is the one who is real threat for New Zealand.

The left-armer, with her nine wicket tally, has taken wickets in all the games she has played in this tournament.

In all two very talented sides are going to clash for the top honours in what promises to be an exciting contest at the Lord's ahead of the men's final.



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