Taylor sees England Women home
19 June 2017 National Sport
Sarah Taylor struck an unbeaten 49 as England Women beat Sri Lanka to make it three wins from three World Cup warm-up games.
Taylor struck an unbeaten 49 as England cruised to their victory target of 156 – sharing an unbroken third-wicket stand of 76 with captain Heather Knight – after bowling the visitors out for 155 in 47.2 overs.
New-ball pairing Katherine Brunt (2-44) and Anya Shrubsole (3-27) did the bulk of the damage as Chamari Atapattu (33 off 64 balls) dug in to help Sri Lanka recover from 42-4.
England’s Lauren Winfield (35 off 40) and Tammy Beaumont (31 off 36) put the target in perspective with an opening stand of 66 in 10.5 overs – Winfield the first to go when she was stumped off Inoka Ranaweera.
Taylor and Knight completed the job after Beaumont fell lbw with the score on 80 – Taylor striking five fours off 56 balls to cement a convincing victory.
Warm-up Match 2: England 244 beat India 103 by 141 runs
England captain Heather Knight returned from injury to take three wickets and Nat Sciver again impressed with the bat, making 69, as England defeated India by 141 runs in a warm-up fixture at Loughborough.
In a dress rehearsal for the first match of the tournament – to be played in front of a sell-out crowd at Derby – England batted first and made 244 all out from their 50 overs. Opener Lauren Winfield scored 50 before being run out and Sciver added 69. In reply, India were dismissed for 103.
The visitors started positively before they were becalmed by a flurry of wickets, with Alex Hartley impressive in picking up three wickets and two sharp catches before Knight added three wickets of her own to see England over the line.
Warm-up Match 1: West Indies 150 lost to England 281-7
England Women overcame West Indies by six wickets with Nat Sciver and Tammy Beaumont both passing 50, and Sciver also chipping in with four wickets.
West Indies opted to bat first and were dismissed for 150 in the final over of their innings, captain Stafanie Taylor top-scoring with 59. Sciver (4-39) was joined by off-spinner Dani Hazell who took 3-21 from her 10 overs.
In reply, England reached their target in the 36th over but with World Cup preparations at the forefront of both teams’ minds the decision was taken for England to bat the duration of their 50 overs.
Sciver made an enterprising 85 before Katherine Brunt opened her shoulders with the game won to make a quick-fire 49. England reached 281-7 from their 50 overs.
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