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Cricket - 05. November 2009.

England beat West Indies by 13 runs to level three match ODI series

Coach Mark Lane made two changes to the side that, by his own admission had played poorly during the opening encounter on Tuesday, bringing in Nottinghamshire's Jenny Gunn and Durham's Danielle Hazell who, at 21, was making her debut. Gunn and Hazell replaced Lydia Greenway who was suffering from a thigh injury and Isa Guha.
Captain Charlotte Edwards won the toss and elected to bat. Ebony Rainford-Brent and Jenny Gunn played some superb cricket for a second wicket partnership of 100, frustrating the West Indian fielders with their quick running between the wickets.
Gunn eventually fell for 57 from 78 balls while Rainford-Brent managed an international career best of 72 before being stumped by Aguillereira off the bowling of Staphanie Taylor. An unbeaten 44 from Atkins from 43 balls helped England to a respectable target of 232-5 from their 50 overs.
With dark clouds gathering overhead as the West Indians went out to bat, fast bowler Katherine Brunt opened the bowling and took a wicket with just her fifth delivery when Nicky Shaw caught Staphanie Taylor at mid off with only two runs on the board.
Lavine (57) and Aguillereira (44) both began to look comfortable at the crease but, with England supporters starting to look anxious, Katherine Brunt again played a key part in both their dismissals, catching Lavine off the bowling of Colvin and then showing sharp reactions to run Aguillereira out.
With the required run rate increasing, pressure started to mount on the home side and it took some brave hitting from Dottin (29 from 11 balls) and Nation (17) to bring them back in the game but a combination of sharp fielding from England and nervy running between the wickets from the West Indians, with both Nation and Smartt run out, ensured that that the home side was bowled out for 219 in the 48th over.  Edwards played a huge part in the victory, keeping her side calm and focussed and she picked up the final wicket when Mohammed fell for 0.
Edwards was proud of the performance of her team: "We showed plenty of character and determination today in what was a must win match for us. There was a huge improvement in our game but we still know that there are areas that we can work on before Saturday. The West Indies pushed us hard but in the end I think our experience in tight situations helped us win."
Head Coach Mark Lane was satisfied with the team's performance today: "I thought we showed plenty of fight today. I was pleased with Ebony Rainford-Brent's controlled innings and the energy that Jenny Gunn and Caroline Atkins brought to the crease. I thought Katherine Brunt bowled with more aggression and determination today  and it was a satisfying debut for Dani Hazell who picked up first wicket and good to see Tamsin Beaumont get her first victim in only her second game. This sets us up nicely for Saturday when we're anticipating a big crowd."
England return for the final ODI on Saturday before three Twenty20 matches next week, also at Warner Park.
4 November: England lost to West Indies by 40 runs. Player of the match- Cordel Jack (WI)
5 November: England defeated West Indies by 13 runs. Player of the match- Ebony Rainford-Brent (Eng)
7 November: 3rd ODI, West Indies vs England. Warner Park, St. Kitts
9 November: 1st Twenty20, West Indies vs England. Warner Park, St Kitts
10 November: 2nd Twenty20. West Indies vs England. Warner Park, St Kitts
12 November: 3rd Twenty20. West Indies vs England. Warner Park, St Kitts

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