Amy Jones and England Women off to winning ways
Monday January 28, 2013
England Women warm-up for the ICC Women’s World Cup with a 51-run victory over South Africa.
England Women claimed a 51-run victory over South Africa at the CCI ground in Mumbai today in their first warm-up game ahead of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2013. England posted 270-9 from their 50 overs and in reply South Africa were restricted to 219-6.
Charlotte Edwards top scored with 78 as England were put into bat by South Africa. After Tammy Beaumont nicked one to the keeper, Sarah Taylor hit a quick fire 20 before picking out Sunette Loubser in the field. Lydia Greenway (35) then joined Edwards for a 101-run partnership which ended with Loubser bowling out Edwards in the 30th over, leaving England on 145-3.
Despite losing a small cluster of wickets, Berkshire’s Heather Knight remained in control posting a tidy 42 off 45 balls before holing out with three overs remaining, leaving England on 242-8. The lower order continued to keep the score board ticking over to the last ball as England set a target of 271 for South Africa.
England rotated 13 players in the field with both Taylor and uncapped Amy Jones keeping wicket. Yorkshire spinner Hazell set the tone early as Shandre Fritz chipped one to Arran Brindle at cover. Brindle later claimed the second wicket for England trapping Sarannats Cordes leg before, putting South Africa on 85-2. Wickets were shared around the England bowlers but it was left arm spinner Holly Colvin who claimed the prize wicket of the dangerous Chetty (57) before she could gather momentum. England remained in control and an impressive diving catch from Greenway at mid-wicket assisted their victory as England claimed a 51-run victory.
After the game Heather Knight said: “It was great to get out there, get into the swing of things and score some runs today. It was a decent wicket with a bit in it for the bowlers and played a little different to what we were expecting, but was nice to bat on.
“Charlotte batted well up front, set a really good platform for us to kick on from and we got a decent total in the end. Our bowlers bowled well, got overs under their belts and it was good to get out in the field for 50 overs and get miles in our legs; we’re all feeling really good leading into tournament.
“It’s a nice ground here at the CCI, I’m looking forward to playing our group games here, it’s well suited for women’s cricket. We’ve got a quick turnaround now for our second warm-up game against New Zealand tomorrow, then it’s into the group stages with our first game against Sri Lanka on Friday.”
England will play their second and final warm-up game against New Zealand tomorrow (Tuesday January 29th) at the BKC ground, Mumbai.
For a full match report and more information on the England Women’s team go to www.ecb.co.uk/englandwomen
For more information on the ICC Women’s World Cup 2013 India go to www.wwc13.com
Fiona Maddocks : Media Manager-International Women's Team/Non-First Class Cricket
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