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Cricket - 19. November 2010.

England women dominate in the first Cricket Twenty20 against Sri Lanka women.

England women beat Sri Lanka women by eight wickets, in the First Twenty20 of the Series, in Colombo today.

Isa Guha opened the bowling for England as Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat.

Danielle Hazell (2-15) got England off to flying start when she came on in the sixth over and promptly picked up two wickets off her first three balls. One ball later Claire Taylor claimed the run-out of Chamari Kumarihami to leave Sri Lanka on 25-3.

England dominated in the field, smothering the ball and restricting Sri Lanka to 43-3 after 10 overs. The fall of the eighth Sri Lankan wicket was down to a well held catch by Hazell off a ball from Jenny Gunn who reciprocated the celebration seen earlier in the sixth over.

Charlotte Edwards was once again the pick of the bowlers taking 3-21 in the first Twenty20 match of the Series, which also saw Beth MacGregor and Susie Rowe make their international debuts.

Edwards (48) and Laura Marsh set about knocking off the target of 95 set by Sri Lanka.

Both looked comfortable hitting boundaries and built an impressive partnership of 73 off 59 balls before Marsh (29) was bowled in the tenth over.

Taylor came in at three and hit a quick fire six before she was caught, leaving seven runs needed by England to win the game. Lydia Greenway (6 not out) joined Edwards in the middle to run a couple, then proceeded to smash a boundary to seal the game for England with four overs to spare.

Player of the match Charlotte Edwards said: 'We played our best cricket of the tour so far today. All the bowlers bowled well and I am really pleased with how the whole team performed. It was great for Laura (Marsh) and I to get our innings off to a good start and set up the run chase. We are looking forward to carrying this performance forward to the second Twenty20 on Sunday.'

England Women will play the 2nd Twenty20 of the Series against Sri Lanka women at the Nondescripts Cricket Club on Sunday 21st November.
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