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
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
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. I’ve
felt really good all tour and it was great just go out in the middle and
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