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England Claim T20s

Nov 22


ECB Media Release
Monday, November 22, 2010

England women dominate in Sri Lanka and claim the Twenty20 Series.

England women completed a comprehensive three-nil win over Sri Lanka in their Twenty20 series today after the remaining two matches in the rain-affected series were played back-to-back.
Stand-in skipper Jenny Gunn led England to a 17-run victory over their hosts in the 2nd Twenty20 which was originally due to have been played yesterday until bad weather intervened.
Charlotte Edwards then picked up the captaincy reins again for the final match of the series and saw the tourists wrap up the series by an 89-run margin.
In the first of the two matches played today, Laura Marsh (30) and Danielle Wyatt opened the batting for England with Marsh top scoring, hitting three boundaries along the way. Danielle Hazell and Marsh hit a tidy partnership of 32 before Hazell was bowled, leaving England on 42-2 after seven overs.

After a steady contribution from the middle order Gunn came in and hit a quick fire 13 off 10 balls clearing the ropes in the process before being caught on the boundary, to leave England on 100-8. England were bowled out for 114 with one ball to spare.

Isa Guha put the pressure on as she picked up the wicket of Chamari Polgampola off the first ball of the Sri Lankan innings.

Beth MacGregor, in her second international match, held a good catch at backward point off a ball from Danielle Hazell to leave Sri Lanka on 34 for 2 in the fifth over.

It was a day for the spinners as Marsh, Wyatt and Hazell all picked up wickets but Marsh was leader of the pack with 2-15.

Some quick glovework from Taylor in the sixteenth over left Sri Lanka on 77 for 6, needing 38 runs off 26 balls to reach the target.

England looked to keep control and wrap up the game by following up with two run-outs and a well held catch by Hazell on the boundary, to leave Sri Lanka on 85-8. England restricted Sri Lanka to 90 from their twenty overs to win the 2nd Twenty20 by 17 runs.

Edwards was back at the helm for the third Twenty20 as England dominated once again, but it was Gunn who had the performance of the day.

England opted to bat first, with Gunn coming in at three to hit a stunning 69 off 46 balls. The vice captain cleared the ropes on three occasions, hitting four boundaries and clocked up her first half century in international Twenty20, off just 46 balls.

Wyatt (27) also put in a tidy performance having opened with the captain and then built a partnership of 68 with Gunn.
Gunn was eventually stopped from smashing it around the field when she was caught on the boundary in the 14th over, leaving England on 114 for four.

Susie Rowe (24 not out) and Fran Wilson (16 not out) finished the innings for England with a partnership of 43 not out, with Rowe hitting and clearing the boundary on the way. England used all 20 overs to set Sri Lanka a target of 161.

Guha once again opened the bowling with the first Sri Lankan wicket falling in the first over.

Wickets continued to fall to the hands of the spinners, this time Hazell being pick of the bunch with figures of 3-14.

Gunn added to her player of the match performance by securing an impressive overhead catch on the boundary to leave Sri Lanka on 14-3.

England continued to dominate in the field with Beth MacGregor picking up her first international wicket as Taylor caught Deepika Rasangika behind to leave Sri Lanka on 27-5 in the ninth over.

Sri Lanka wickets continued to fall to the hands of Edwards, Wyatt and Gunn as England rattled through the lower order and bowled Sri Lanka out for 71 to win the third T20 by 89 runs.

England won the Twenty20 Series 3-0.

Jenny Gunn said: I never dreamt I would play for my country never mind captain. It was another great experience and makes me appreciate what a fantastic job Charlotte does. I really enjoyed the second match. Ive felt really good all tour and it was great just go out in the middle and enjoy myself.

Charlotte Edwards said: It has been a really positive tour, we have had a few frustrations with the weather but the team has dealt with it really well and we have managed to get the games in. We brought a few young players on this tour and I am really pleased that they have taken their opportunities. We are hitting our straps now as we demonstrated in the last game and will look forward to the tour of Australia in January.