European Women secure first win in series opener

Mon, Aug 24, 2009 11:08 AM

The ICC European Women's squad kicked off their campaign with a hard-fought win over the ECB Academy side at Worksop College yesterday.

Although matches were not scheduled to begin until Monday afternoon, the weather forecast prompted an additional Twenty20 fixture to be introduced.

The European Women's XI won the toss under the captaincy of Isobel Joyce and elected to bat.

Europe's start could not be better as they raced to 74 off 10 overs without loss. In the 11th over Clare Shillington fell for 53 and was closely followed by fellow opener Isabel Joyce (22). This saw a slight stutter in the middle of the innings with the loss of four wickets for just 16 runs.

Europe finished their innings strong led by some hard hitting from Helmien Rambaldo (22 not out) to finish up with 138 for the loss of 6. The pick of the bowlers for the England Academy was spinner Danielle Wyatt who finished up with 2 for 14 off her 4 overs.

England's reply could not have got off to a worse start with the loss of Captain Jenny Halstead for 0 in the very first over. Europe restricted the England Academy well in the early overs and with the steady fall of wickets found themselves in a strong position with England 67 for 4 in the 11th over. Some powerful hitting from Heather Knight (53) threatened to swing the momentum back in England's favour but when she was removed by Kari Anderson, the ECB Academy still required 9 to win with one over remaining. Mandy Kornet held her nerve in the last over with the Engalnd Academy finishing on 133 for 7, with Kornet finishing with figures of 3 for 9.

The two sides will lock horns again today in a 50 over fixture

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