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Cricket - 11. November 2009.

West Indies defeat England by 5 wickets to win Twenty20 series

A thunderstorm delayed the start by three hours for the second successive day and England were again put in to bat after Charlotte Edwards lost the toss. Ebony Rainford-Brent returned to the side after missing the first Twenty20 match through injury, replacing Danni Hazell. Edwards and Rainford-Brent opened the batting and the first wicket fell in the fifth over when Rainford-Brent was run out for 6 with the score on 19. Jenny Gunn followed two overs later to leave England on 29-2.
A partnership of 41 between Edwards and Beth Morgan steadied England and, as Edwards neared the half century mark, it looked like England would be able to set their opponents a testing total. Edwards (41) and Morgan (14) were out in quick succession followed by Atkins (0) to leave England struggling on 74-5 in the 15th over. With the lower order able to add only 25 runs England were bowled out for 99 in the 20th over.
Defending a total of 99 it was vital that England's bowlers got off to a good start and opening bowler Katherine Brunt struck in the first over when Staphanie Taylor was judged lbw without scoring. Anya Shrubsole was also bowling well and was unlucky not to take a wicket in her first over. Pamela Lavine was her side's top scorer with 37 coming from 40 balls and a controlled 22 not out from Stacey Ann King and 18 from West Indian captain Merissa Aguilleira helped the home side to victory with 5 balls to spare.
Speaking after the match Head Coach Mark Lane said:"It's been a disappointing couple of weeks for us, we were expected to win both the one day series and this Twenty20 series but we were out played. The team played well for maybe 75% of the match today but ultimately that's not good enough to win these sorts of games. I think we've all learnt a huge amount from the trip so far which will help us when we come back here in May for the ICC World Twenty20. There's still another match to prepare for and we'll work hard tomorrow in training and come back here on Thursday and show the West Indies the level of cricket I know we are capable of."
The final Twenty20 match will take place on Thursday at Warner Park, St Kitts.

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