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Anya Shrubsole, a teenage Loughborough MCC University student, took stunning figures of 5-11 as England Women beat New Zealand the first T20I.
Shrubsole, who will be one of the first intake of MCC Women’s Young Cricketers later this year, claimed the best T20 figures in England Women’s history to set-up a six-wicket win in Wellington.
After skipper Charlotte Edwards opted to field first at the Westpac Stadium, seamer Shrubsole led the attack brilliantly, dismissing both openers after coming on second change.
With support from Danielle Hazell (3-15), 19-year-old Shrubsole chipped away before sealing her first five-wicket haul in international cricket by bowling Morna Neilson.
England had few worries in their chase, despite losing opener Laura Marsh and Lydia Greenway in consecutive balls to fall to 31-3.
Sarah Taylor, another YC, steadied the ship with an unbeaten 31 off just 34 balls, and together with Tammy Beaumont (another YC and Loughborough MCCU student) they guided England home.
After the win, Shrubsole reflected on her finest day so far as an England cricketer:
“I’m delighted with my figures and performance; it’s definitely a day I will remember. I’m really excited about the rest of the series,” she said.
The opening match of the T20 series was played in front of a good crowd, ahead of New Zealand men’s victory over South Africa in their first T20 clash.
England’s Women face another four T20 matches on tour in New Zealand, as well as a three match ODI series.