Lauren Winfield And Nat Sciver Proves To Be An Asset To The English Women’s Cricket Team

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The English women’s team put an excellent show in Jamaica to crush the West Indies team by 112 runs in the third one-day international match .This win gives the tourists a 2-1 lead. The knocks of opener Lauren Winfield (79 runs) and Nat Sciver gave the visitors a solid edge over the Caribbeans. The English team put up an aggressive total of 220 runs in this match which was played at Sabina Park, Jamaica. The decision by the English team to recall three players Jenny Gunn, Laura Marsh and Alex Hartley seemed to be profitable. Each of these players took two wickets. The bowing firepower of the visitors saw the West Indies team getting bowled out for 108 which was well behind their target of 220 to win this third ODI.

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For the English team to earn itself a qualification for the upcoming 2017 World Cup, they will have to win the remaining two ODIs against the West Indies which will be played at the same venue. This third ODI victory gave the English two invaluable points in the first of three International Cricket Council Women’s Championship matches. This victory also gave the batting line up of English team much needed confidence after their defeat in the second ODI by 38 runs after a batting collapse. This second ODI was on a slow surface and it was difficult to make runs on this surface. On the other hand, the Sabina park pitch was a bit conducive for the batting. However, the outfield of Sabina Park was slightly slow. Winfield and Sciver seemed to have a good grasp of the conditions in the third ODI. They could make full use of the conditions. But in the last overs, seven English wickets tumbled for just 53 runs.

West Indies didn’t seem to have any answers to the superb bowling attack of the tourists. The visiting team picked up wickets at ease.

Winfield and Sciver came together at the crease in the 20th over when England were 72-3. They made full use of the sloppy West Indies spin attack. Running between wickets was also very impressive. Their innings also showed some shades of aggression when Sciver put a ball of Shamilia Connell over long-on for a six. However in general boundaries were hard to get. The visitors managed to score only eight fours in their innings. This partnership was also in away helped by the hosts. When Winfield was at three she was dropped at slip by Stafanie Taylor. Her partner Sciver on the other end was dropped twice by  Amy Fletcher at short fine leg.

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