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Cricket - 03. July 2013.

England wrap up series triumph

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Natalie Sciver claimed three wickets in just her second one-day international for England Women as they completed a series whitewash over Pakistan with a six-wicket victory at Loughborough.

The 20-year-old took her first wicket in England colours when she made her international bow in the 111-run triumph at Louth on Monday, and the Surrey seamer returned 3-28 this time around to spearhead an attack which reduced the tourists, who won the toss and elected to bat, to 156 for six in their allotted 50 overs.

Sciver’s trio of victims all fell within the space of six runs while the more experienced Arran Brindle accounted for the other three wickets, finishing with 3-38 before turning her focus to batting as she opened with Charlotte Edwards.

The duo made excellent progress before Brindle eventually departed when she was stumped off Nida Dar with the total on 72.

Captain Edwards recorded her fourth successive half-century prior to perishing on 62 as Dar struck for the second time.

Lydia Greenway was then out for four and the aggressive Sarah Taylor added 34 from 38 deliveries before Heather Knight and Lauren Winfield clinched victory with 72 balls to spare.

Player of the match Sciver said: "It was really good to contribute to a team win today and another good team performance all-round.

"We were happy to bowl first as we thought it might do a bit in the morning here. For me personally it was great to get the ball in my hand and felt a little bit like a home game with me studying at Loughborough University.

"Arran and Charlotte played with good intent and we were confident we could chase down the target. I was really pleased for Lauren as well today, to contribute with runs after making her debut on Monday. We're all now looking forward to the Twenty20 matches on Friday."
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