LOUTH’S Arran Brindle hit 21 and took a key wicket as England’s women wrapped up a five wicket win in the first one-day international against New Zealand.
Brindle removed home captain Suzie Bates for 15 and caught Lucy Doolan for six as the hosts struggled to 52-3.
But a middle order 74 from Sara McGlashan and a rapid innings from Katie Perkins helped New Zealand reach a competitive 233-6 off their 50 overs,
England captain Charlotte Edwards led from the front in the reply, scoring a watchful 84.
England kept up with the required run rate throughout and Brindle’s late 21, including two fours, helped the tourists over the line with ten balls to spare.
Player of the match was Laura Marsh who took a wicket for England and scored a key 44 off 47 balls in the reply.
England skipper Edwards said: “Our bowling was a bit hit and miss today. It’s a good wicket so there was little margin for error but Jenny Gunn bowled exceptionally well and Georgia Elwiss put in a good performance as did Laura Marsh.
“We batted really well to chase the target down and all wanted to get in and personally I was really pleased to contribute with a decent score.
“I’m pleased with the win today. It’s good start to the series which we will be looking to follow up on Saturday.”
The second ODI of the series will be played at Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln on Saturday.