Amy Jones stars as England sweep Sri Lanka ODIs

England Women tour of Sri Lanka 2019

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Amy Jones registered her 3rd half century in as many games, as the visiting English swept the 3 match Women’s Championship series against Sri Lanka 3-0, at the Marians Cricket Grounds in Katunayake earlier today.

England needed just 26.1 overs to chase down the 174 set by Sri Lanka, as Jones and her partner at the top of the order, Tammy Beaumont put on 127 for the 1st wicket.

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It was a characteristically laborious effort with the bat by the hosts after skipper Chamari Atapattu won the toss and elected to set a target for England. The visitors have found a way to keep Atapattu quiet and without the left hander making any sort of significant contribution with the bat, her team which relies largely on her for runs, has struggled.

Today was no different as Kate Cross saw to both openers early on and Sri Lanka found themselves in the all too familiar position of being unable to get enough runs on the board, despite batting out their overs.

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Youngsters Harshitha Samarawickrama (42) and Hansima Karunaratne (28), who have had a decent series, once again managed to resurrect the Lankan innings somewhat, while OShadi Ranasinghe hit a few boundaries at the death to take Sri Lanka to 174.

All the English bowlers used by skipper Heather Knight returned good figures, with Cross, Anya Schrubsole and Alex Hartley picking up 2 wickets apiece.

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Sri Lanka have not looked penetrative with the ball and they struggled to counter the English openers once again. The duo took the hosts to the cleaners, cantering to 127 in just over 18 overs. The dismissal of Jones and then Beaumont didn’t slow the visitors down as they got home with nearly half their overs to spare.

Shashikala Siriwardene was the only Lankan bowler amongst the wickets, but by the time she struck, England were well on their way to finishing up the run-chase.

With the win, England secured 2 more points to their ICC Women’s Championship campaign, making it a total of 6 from this series. They have now moved to Number 2 on the table, behind Australia. Sri Lanka remain in 8th spot.









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Full Scorecard

Sri Lanka Women

174/10

(50 overs)

Result

England Women

177/2

(26.1 overs)

ENGW won by 8 wickets

Sri Lanka Women’s Innings

BattingRB
Hasini Perera b Cross414
Chamari Athapatthu lbw by Cross629
Anushka Sanjeewani c Marsh b Hartley1537
Shashikala Siriwardena c Wilson b Marsh1120
Harshitha Madavi c & b Hartley4272
Hansima Karunarathne lbw by Shrubsole2854
Nilakshi de Silva (runout) Jones1826
Oshadi Ranasinghe (runout) Knight2925
Achini Kulasuriya not out815
Sugandika Kumari b Shrubsole37
Inoshi Priyadarshani (runout) Jones12
Extras
9 (lb 1, nb 1, w 7)
Total
174/10 (50 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-6 (GWHM Perera, 3.4 ov), 2-18 (AC Jayangani, 9.5 ov), 3-33 (HASD Siriwardene, 14.5 ov), 4-52 (MAA Sanjeewani, 19.3 ov), 5-105 (H Karunaratne, 35.2 ov), 6-127 (H Madavi, 40.2 ov), 7-162 (OU Ranasinghe, 45.4 ov), 8-162 (NND de Silva, 45.6 ov), 9-170 (BMSM Kumari, 49.2 ov), 10-174 (SIP Fernando, 49.6 ov)
BowlingOMRWE
A Shrubsole91302 3.33
KL Cross101252 2.50
LA Marsh101411 4.10
NR Sciver72220 3.14
A Hartley80392 4.88
HC Knight60160 2.67

England Women’s Innings

BattingRB
AE Jones b S Siriwardene7658
TT Beaumont b S Siriwardene6366
L Winfield not out2928
HC Knight not out35
Extras
6 (lb 3, w 3)
Total
177/2 (26.1 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-127 (AE Jones, 18.1 ov), 2-164 (TT Beaumont, 24.1 ov)
BowlingOMRWE
Achini Kulasuriya51170 3.40
Inoshi Priyadarshani31210 7.00
Oshadi Ranasinghe10100 10.00
Hansima Karunarathne10100 10.00
Sugandika Kumari70450 6.43
Shashikala Siriwardene7.10562 7.89
Chamari Athapatthu20150 7.50