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Cricket - 05. March 2009.

England Women v West Indies

Warm-Up Match 2


England women romped to victory in their second official warm-up match at the ICC Women’s World Cup beating the West Indies by 116 runs at Campbelltown.

cricket England women romped to victory in their second official warm-up match at the ICC Women’s World Cup beating the West Indies by 116 runs at Campbelltown.


Charlotte Edwards won the toss for England and elected to bat first on an overcast, windy day on a used wicket with some cracks which showed signs of potentially breaking up later in the day. Thirteen players were played from both sides, again to give more players the chance to experience the conditions and spend some time in the middle. Claire Taylor and Lauren Griffiths missed out for England.


The West Indies bowled tightly to start with, restricting England to 28-1 off ten overs. Sarah Taylor and Caroline Atkins opened the batting for England and started slowly. Atkins was dropped on nine in the ninth over at mid-wicket and was then run out in the very next over. Taylor was facing and the ball took a deflection off her shot to ricochet into Atkins’ stumps. Atkins had left her crease to make the run, but having made nine she was on her way to the pavilion.


Beth Morgan joined Taylor at the crease with England 25-1. Together she and Taylor pushed England forward and got them into their stride. Taylor (68) passed fifty in the 17th over and then required treatment following a hit to the elbow. She was due to retire after the 24th over but was caught at mid-wicket by Stacy-Ann King off the bowling of Stafanie Taylor as she tried to play the pull shot.


With England 90-2 Jenny Gunn joined Morgan at the crease and together they added 79 to England’s tally. Morgan struck the ball well and ran quickly between the wickets striking a four to square leg to bring up her half century. The West Indies had three chances to dismiss her but dropped all three catches. At the start of the 43rd over Morgan (53*) and Gunn (18*) retired to make way for Holly Colvin and Ebony Rainford-Brent with England on 169-4.


Colvin, batting higher up the order than she’s used to, at number five, fell next for England as she tried to sweep. Aly Fletcher had her trapped lbw for two. Nicky Shaw joined Rainford-Brent at the crease and made five before she was clean-bowled by Deandra Dottin as she missed the shot.


With England 183-6 Laura Marsh headed to the middle and she (9) and Rainford-Brent (19) pushed England to 210-6 from their fifty overs. They worked hard, running quickly between the stumps and striking boundaries to see England past 200.


In reply the West Indies lost early wickets. Isa Guha and Anya Shrubsole, who is back from a groin strain, opened the bowling for England. Guha claimed the scalp of opener Dottin in the first over who was trapped lbw and fell to a fourth-ball duck. Daley, coming in at three, was the next to fall. She was caught at short cover by Gunn off the bowling of Shrubsole for three in the sixth over. With West Indies on 12-2, Lavine headed to the middle. She made four before she was clean bowled by Shrubsole leaving the West Indies reeling on 21-3.


Jack replaced her in the middle and Gunn replaced Shrubsole with the ball. Marsh came on for Guha to bowl spin from the pavilion end and made an impact in her second over dismissing opener Stafanie Taylor. Lydia Greenway took the catch at mid-wicket and Taylor returned to the pavilion having made 20 and the West Indies were 40-4.


Stacy-Ann King came in at six and joined Jack in the middle. Jack (13) was the next to fall on the last ball of the 17th over. She hit the ball straight back to the bowler and Marsh claimed her second wicket of the day. Fletcher headed out with the West Indies on 44-5. Without adding to the total King was run out without scoring from a direct hit by Colvin who was fielding at mid-on.


With six down, Greaves joined Fletcher in the middle and Colvin replaced Gunn with the ball. In her third over, Colvin claimed the wicket of Greaves (0) who pitched the ball directly to Marsh fielding at mid-off.


Mohammed replaced her in the middle with her side still short of fifty runs on 47-7. Together with Fletcher she added eleven for the eighth wicket before Mohammed was caught behind by Sarah Taylor off the bowling of Colvin for two in the 30th over. As Alexander headed out West Indies were 59-8.


The two spinners were replaced by the seamers. Guha, Shrubsole, Gunn and Morgan were all brought on to try and dismiss the West Indian tail. Morgan got the breakthrough taking the wicket of Alexander who was caught behind by Taylor for six and the West Indies were on 79-9 as Lewis headed out. Colvin was brought back on and got the final wicket trapping Lewis lbw for two.


The last pair had fought bravely to take West Indies to 94 all out off 42.2 overs with Fletcher finishing unbeaten on 24.


After the match assistant coach Jack Birkenshaw said:”We experimented a little with the batting line-up – giving Tails (Claire Taylor) a rest and dropping Lottie down to number 8. It proved successful for Beth who we promoted to number three. She played really well and got a really attractive 50 not out, which should give her confidence for the rest of the competition. Sarah Taylor put in an excellent innings timing the ball beautifully and once again she was retired after making an attractive 50.


“Other contributions came from Ebony who accepted the number 6 spot and showed a good array of improvised shots.


“Of the bowlers our spinners, Holly and Laura once again impressed. There was also a chance for Anya to show her potential. She bowled with good pace and showed a good slower ball which captured one of the West Indian wickets. Overall it was a good performance and we have to keep improving from that as the opponents get stronger.”


Colvin added: “It went really well today – it was good to win the toss and get some runs on the board mixing the order up to give others time in the middle and to show that we don’t always have to rely on Claire and Lottie. It was great to see Beth and Sarah set the tone for the match.


“In terms of bowling we kept it really tight – keeping our discipline and we were patient with the wickets. The pitch was a bit more of a turning wicket so good for spinners. I think we bowled well in partnerships, keeping the scoring rate down from both ends and good to get a win under our belts before our first official game on Saturday at Canberra against Sri Lanka.

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