Comfortable wins for England and Ireland

Tue, Aug 14, 2007 5:57 PM

The ECB Development XI and Ireland, the two favoured sides, opened the European Women’s Championships in Deventer with comfortable wins on Tuesday, defeating The Netherlands and Scotland respectively.

ECB captain Jenni Halstead struck the first blow by winning the toss and electing to bat, and then led from the front with a fine century. She dominated a 68-run opening stand with Tamsin Beaumont, of which the latter’s contribution was 7 before she was trapped leg-before by Mandy Kornet, and then continued in a series of partnerships, the most substantial of which was 97 for the fourth wicket with Danielle Hazell.

Once Halstead was dismissed for 112, caught by Hermien Rambaldo off Lotte Egging’s bowling, Hazell maintained the momentum, and the ECB XI reached 256 for four. Hazell remained not out on 49.

Kornet was the most economical of the Dutch bowlers, conceding just 31 runs in nine overs, while Marloes Braat and Caroline de Fouw each conceded 39 from ten, the latter picking up two wickets into the bargain.

This target always seemed likely to be too much for the Dutch, and with seamer Georgia Elwiss picking up four wickets for 18 in a six-over spell after Kathryn Cross had secured the initial breakthrough they soon found themselves on 55 for five.

Annemarie Tanke showed the greatest resistance, reaching 19 before she became one of three victims for off-spinner Danielle Wyatt, and Dawn Prestidge then took two wickets as The Netherlands were dismissed for 105 to give the ECB XI a 151-run victory.

Scotland also chose to bat first after winning the toss in their match against Ireland, but they struggled against a tight Irish attack. Kathryn White and Kari Anderson put together a solid 56-run partnership for the second wicket, White top-scoring with 27, but thereafter wickets fell at regular intervals as the Scots battled their way to 123 for eight off their fifty overs.

Marianne Herbert was the most successful of the Irish bowlers with three for 16 off ten overs, while Heather Whelan was equally economical with two for 15 from her ten.

The Irish lost Nicola Coffey, caught by Caroline Sweetman off the bowling of Charlotte Farr, before there was a run on the board, and the same combination struck again to dismiss Clare Shillington for 16 with the total on 20.

That was the last success for Scotland, however, as Cecilia and Isobel Joyce combined to put on 106 in an unbroken third wicket stand to make sure of the victory. Isobel finished on 44, while Cecilia reached her half-century just before the end to close on 50 not out.

These results set up Wednesday’s clash between the ECB Development XI and Ireland as potentially the most decisive of the tournament, while at the same time Scotland will take on The Netherlands in a match with major implications for the seedings at the ICC World Cup Qualifier in Lahore in November.

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