English women too hot for Lankans
By Harry Jayachandra
It was the tale of two women at the R. Premadasa Stadium yesterday. The touring England Women completely outclassed their Sri Lankan counterparts by 99 runs to sweep the two match one day series.

Opener Laura Newton guided England with the bat to a competitive score of 206 on a placid pitch and slow outfield. Then Off Spinner Rosalie Birch continued from where she left off in the first one day game. Birch spun through the Lankan top order to finish with figures of 4 for 22 off seven overs.
Earlier England’s captain Charlotte Edwards won the toss and elected to bat.

Her decision seemed to have backfired when two wickets fell in quick succession. Newton and Jenny Gunn came together with the score on 31 for two. The pair added 68 for the third wicket. Jenny Gunn scored 49, while Newton top scored with 60 inclusive of three fours. Caroline Atkins with 32 and an unbeaten 16 from Jane Smit guided England past the 200 mark. Of the eight bowlers used, right arm Off Spinner Swini de Alwis was the most successful. She finished with figures of three for 38 off her allocated ten overs.

England struck early. Medium pacer Beth Morgan trapped Chamari Polgampola for a duck. Dedunu de Silva and skipper Sanmali Dolawatte staged a mini recovery, taking the score to 35. Dolawatte was brilliantly run out for 10 and that was the beginning of the end. The Lankans were bowled out 107 in 41 overs. Only Swini de Alwis offered any resistance, top scoring with 29. The next highest scorer was extras - 24.

Sri Lanka made three changes from the side that lost on Thursday. D. Indralatha, W. A. Chandrawathi and Dedunu de Silva were brought in at the expense of Sumudu Fernando, Rangika Galhena and Inoka Galagedera.
Scores; England 206 for 9 in 50 overs. (Laura Newton 60, Jenny Gunn 49, Caroline Harper 32, Jane 16 n.o. Swini de Alwis 3 for 38, Praba Udawatte 2 for 28)

Sri Lanka 107 in 41 overs. (Swini de Alwis 29. Rosalie Birch 4 for 22, Jo Watts 2 for 13 and Isa Guha 2 for 19)


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