• Jones seals England Women’s ODI series sweep

    England opener Amy Jones smashed a rapid half-century to help the visitors to victory over Sri Lanka, and clinches Thursday’s Play of the Day award, writes ANITHA MADIKIZELA.

    The wicketkeeper-batter scored a sensational 76 off just 58 balls at a strike rate of 131 as England Women made light work of Sri Lanka Women in the third and final ODI.

    Jones whacked the ball all around the park, picking up eight fours and three sizzling sixes on her way to her third half-century in as many matches in the bilateral series.

    Sri Lanka, who had won the toss and elected to bat first, could only manage 174 all out in their allotted overs as left-hander Harshitha Madavi top-scored with 42 off 72 balls (5×4). England’s bowlers all made an impact, Kate Cross (2-25), Anya Shrubsole (2-30) and Alex Hartley (2-39) sharing in the spoils as Sri Lanka lost wickets regularly.

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    Jones paired up with the prolific Tammy Beaumont – who herself picked up 63 off 66 balls (9×4) – and the two posted 127 runs for the opening partnership. The two were unfortunate to not see their team over the line when Shashikala Siriwardene (2-56) was introduced into the attack and promptly broke through both batters’ defences.

    Lauren Winfield (23) and captain Heather Knight (3) eventually saw the visitors to an eight-wicket victory in Katunayake to seal a 3-0 series whitewash over the home side.

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    England’s tour of Sri Lanka continues with a three-match T20I series, the first of which will take place in Colombo on Sunday, with the home side looking to put an end to England’s winning streak.


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