England's Charlotte Edwards marked her record-breaking 142nd ODI by producing a career best bowling performance against Sri Lanka in Colombo today – but her team was ultimately frustrated by the weather after the 2nd ODI was abandoned due to bad light and rain.
Edwards finished with a 4-30 haul on the day that she became the most capped player in women’s international cricket and England performed well in the field to restrict Sri Lanka to 173 after winning the toss and inserting the home side.
The England captain was ably supported by tight bowling from spinners Laura Marsh (2-16) and Danielle Hazell (2-39) in a match reduced to 38 overs a side by rain.
But only nine overs of England’s reply were possible before bad light and then rain ended the proceedings with Heather Knight (15 not out) and Claire Taylor (7 not out) after Edwards had fallen leg before to Sripali Weerakkody for seven.
Charlotte Edwards said: ‘It was a disappointing day, we obviously want to get as many games in as possible, but that’s cricket, you can’t control the weather. We’ll now look towards the Twenty 20 Series and hope those games are not affected by the Colombo monsoon season.’
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