England beat Bangladesh by seven wickets in Monday’s rain-affected Women’s World T20 fixture at Gros Islet.Left-arm slow bowler Kirstie Gordon’s figures of three for 16 played a key role in restricting the Bangladeshis to 76 for nine in the allotted overs, after which wicketkeeper Amy Jones struck an unbeaten 28 en route to triumph with 39 deliveries to spare.
The Bangladesh innings was lined with single-figure failures, including four ducks. Opener Ayasha Rahman top-scored with 39, but only two others reached double figures.
Jones’ cameo spanned a mere two dozen deliveries – and was well supported by Natalie Sciver’s 23 and captain Heather Knight’s 11 not out.
Gordon was named Player of the Match, having clinched the key wickets of Rahman, Rumana Ahmed and Lata Mondal.
The result left the English at the top of group A with three points. The West Indies, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh currently occupy second, third, fourth and fifth position, respectively.
In group B, Australia hold the lead, while India, Pakistan, New Zealand and Ireland are second, third, fourth and fifth, respectively.
Tuesday will see Ireland clash with Pakistan and Australia battle New Zealand. Both matches will be played at the Providence Stadium in Guyana.
The tournament has been hampered by plenty of wet weather, while running on the pitch – and subsequent run penalties – has been a reoccurring theme.