England Women make it three out of three

England Women 2016

Tammy Beaumont became the first English woman to hit back to back One-Day International centuries as England made it three successive 50-over victories against Pakistan at the Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton.

The 25-year-old, who was dropped on two and 64, made the most of her good fortune, by posting the second highest score by an English woman in One-Day International cricket.
In the end, England won by 202 runs with Pakistan, in reply to England’s 366 for four, bowled out for 164, in the 45th over.

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Having won the toss on a typically flat Taunton wicket, England found few difficulties in coping with the Pakistan attack.  Beaumont and Lauren Winfield (43), who put on 235 for the first wicket at Worcester last Wednesday, made a decent start before Winfield became Sana Mir’s first of two victims, caught by Maham Tariq at mid off at 59 for one.

Thereafter, there was precious little over which to enthuse for the tourists as England made the most of the friendly conditions and some poor fielding.  Beaumont passed 50 off 70 balls and featured in a thrilling 166-run partnership with Georgia Elwiss who scored 77 from 78 balls.  She passed 50 off 57 balls before being bowled by Mir at 225 for two in the 39th over.

The arrival of Natalie Scriver brought even greater agony for Pakistan.  With Beaumont in full flow, the pair added 119 off just 58 balls in 39 minutes.  Sciver struck six fours and a six in her 48 off 22 deliveries.

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Beaumont posted her century off 111 balls, with nine fours, and reached 150 off 133 balls with a further eight boundaries.

Pakistan found themselves in early trouble when Katherine Brunt held on to a regulation catch to dismiss Sidra Ameen for nine with the score on 16 for one.  Three runs later Anya Shrubshole picked up the wicket of Javeria Khan.  This time Winfield was the catcher as Pakistan slumped to 19 for two.

Brunt, who bowled with great accuracy and at times hostility, took her first wicket in the eighth over.  Nain Abidi attempted to hook a short delivery from the Barnsley-born pace bowler who will celebrate her 31st birthday on Saturday.  Unfortunately, instead of dispatching the England quick bowler to the boundary as planned, she gloved a catch to wicket keeper Amy Jones at 22 for three.

Faced with a near impossible situation, Pakistan did their best to make a decent fist of things.  Bismah Maroof and Sidra Nawaz added 74 off 92 balls for the fourth wicket and Nawaz and Mir 21 for the fifth.  However, when Nawaz departed, bowled by Laura Marsh for 47 in the 31st over, Pakistan’s hopes of getting within 150 had all but disappeared.

Marsh returned the figures of three for 29 and Shrubsole two for 17.  However, Brunt was the pick of the England attack, finishing with five for 30 off 9.5 overs as Pakistan were bowled out for 164 off the penultimate ball of the 45th over.

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After the match Tammy Beaumont said: “I have been working really hard since I came back from India and I think I have tightened up my game.  Something has definitely clicked in my game and I certainly enjoyed today.  I started pretty slowly, but I just tried to knock the spjnners around and keep my momentum.  I had to change my game from the last game, but I am pretty pleased with the way I achieved that.

“Natalie (Sciver) hits a long ball and she batted so well as did Georgia Elwis.  We built some really decent partnerships which is always important.  I am looking forward to the T20 and I think it could be a pretty exciting series.”

Pakistan captain Sana Mir said: “The England team have been very disciplined and have shown where women’s cricket is heading.  If you are not on target, you get punished.  That was what happened today.  We know the England bowlers are good and it is important to bat well.  It was difficult to chase that total, but we are developing slowly.  We have not been able to play a lot of one day cricket and we are more in to the T20 game.  So, we are looking forward to the series.”

England captain Heather Knight said; “It’s been an exciting series and I could not be more proud of the girls.  I have been very pleased with how the girls have played throughout the series and I thought we adapted well to the bigger boundaries today.  I thought our bowlers were excellent.  All of them.  It’s great to have those girls to captain and we finished off the game and series well.

“I thought Laura (Marsh) changed her pace brilliantly and she reads the game well.  It’s great to bowl with her, at the other end.  She keeps it so tight and that means you can attack a bit more.  We will have a chat and see how we approach the T20 but we have played some brilliant cricket in the 50 over games.”

As It Happened:

17:03 – England Women win by 202 runs!

17:02 – Pakistan 159/9. England on the brink of a series whitewash

16:53 – The score here at Taunton is 157/7. Iqbal is 11* and Yousaf is 0* 16:23 – Pakistan currently needing a miracle to win this one as they slip to 122/5. The required run rate is 14 runs per over. 15:42 – Pakistan fighting back a little with the score 81/3 from 20 overs. Nawaz has 31* and Maroof 26* 14:58 – England well on top here with the score 23/3 in the 9th over. Check out this catch from Winfield below!

14:50 – Pakistan 18/1 in the 7th over. Anya Shrubsole has the wicket!

14:35 – The Pakistan reply has begun and they currently stand at 13/0 in the 4th over. Local girl Anya Shrubsole is opening the bowling with Katherine Brunt. It is very hot and sunny now here in Taunton. England Women v Australia Women 210715 13:49 - England end their innings on 366/4 against Pakistan at the CACG! Tammy Beaumont made a sublime 168 not out from 144 balls 13:28 – England 319/2 from 46.1 overs. Tammy Beaumont is still going strong with 148* 13:11 – Excellent century from Tammy Beaumont, who has become the first England player to score back-to-back WODI centuries! England 266/2 (42.1)

12:54 – The 2nd wicket has fallen here in Taunton but a superb 166 run partnership between Elwiss (77) and Beaumont (93*). England heading for a big total at 225/2 from 38.4 overs 12:34 – England 179/1 in the 34th over. Really good partnership from Beaumont (69*) and Elwiss (60*)

11:50 – England 105/1 in the 23rd over and will be eyeing up another score of 300 plus today at Taunton. There was a slight scare for Elwiss, who was nearly run out taking a quick single, but the replay saw her safely home. She has 25* and Beaumont has 36* SPN_0237 11:34 – Mir picks up the first wicket for Pakistan, dismissing the dangerous Winfield for 43. England going well though now with Elwiss at the crease with Beaumont, 77/1 from 18 overs 11:12 – England beginning to accelerate here in Taunton, and have moved onto 52/0 after 11 overs. Both batters looking comfortable now and look set for another big innings, as they did in the 2nd WODI 10:58 – England have moved to 28 without loss from 8 overs. Beaumont has 9* and Winfield 17* SPN_0403 10:45 – England openers Tammy Beaumont and Lauren Winfield have got England off to a quiet start here at the Cooper Associates County Ground. After 4 overs, the score is 11 without loss with the Pakistan bowlers yielding a tight line thus far. It is currently dry and bright with a only a few clouds overhead.


10:03 - TOSS: England have won the toss and have elected to bat first

England XI:  Winfield, Beaumont, Elwiss,Sciver, Knight*, Wyatt, Jones†,Brunt, Shrubsole,Marsh & Hartley

Pakistan XI: Nain Abidi, Sidra Ameen, Javeria Khan, Bismah Maroof, Sana Mir*, Sidra Nawaz, Anam Amin, Nida Dar, Sadia Yousuf, Asmavia Iqbal, Maham Tariq

Lead in

England Women will be taking on Pakistan Women in their third and final RL One-Day Series match of the Summer. Going into this match, the England Women have an unassailable two-nil lead but will be looking to claim yet another win for maximum ICC points.

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