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Match Reports,07 July 2015

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Sarah Taylor leads England to win in the first T20I

England claims 15-run victory to go 6-4 up in the Women’s Ashes Series

Sarah Taylor leads England to win in the first T20I - Cricket News
England celebrates bowling out Jodie Fields of Australia.
Sarah Taylor hit a career best 77, the highest T20 innings by an England player, to lead England to a 15-run victory at the Ford County Ground, Chelmsford tonight.

Taylor excelled with six boundaries from her 58-ball innings after Charlotte Edwards and Heather Knight took no time in finding the boundary, after the hosts won the toss and elected to bat in the first of three Women’s International T20 matches in the Women’s Ashes Series. 

Despite the early departure of the opening pair England were on a healthy 39 for two after five overs. 

Taylor then continued the scoring, sharing a 74-ball 88 partnership with Danielle Wyatt before Wyatt was run out in the 18th over. Natalie Sciver then supported Taylor with a 100 per cent strike rate as England posted 146 for four from their twenty overs with Taylor run out on the last ball.  

England then strangled the Australian chase with two early wickets as Meg Lanning was run out and four balls later Katherine Brunt had Alyssa Healy caught behind by Taylor, leaving the tourists struggling on 10 for two after three overs. The hosts continued to dominate as Jenny Gunn bowled Jodie Fields for six then dismissed Jess Cameron with a carbon copy of the caught and bowled dismissal she took at Hove last week. Lydia Greenway held the catch of Alex Blackwell in the deep and despite the efforts of Elise Perry and Rachel Haynes, who finished on 30 and 25 not out respectively, England claimed a 15-run victory to go six four up in the Women’s Ashes Series. 

Sarah Taylor said: “It’s a great feeling to notch up another win, Danni Wyatt did a fantastic job, we knew if we stuck around and kept the score board ticking along we would post a good target. Anything can happen in T20 and credit has to go to our bowlers who defended the target well. 

“We are two equally matches teams that we won’t be taking anything for granted, yes we are playing good cricket but there are always areas we can improve on and we’ll be looking at those ahead of Thursday, which will be a big game for us.”

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