Sciver-Brunt stars as England clinch series success at Chelmsford

England Women v Pakistan Women – Metro Bank ODI Series – Cloud County Ground, Chelmsford – Report

England Women 302 for five (50.0 overs)

Pakistan Women 124 for nine (29.1 overs)

England Women won the toss and elected to bat

England Women win by 178 runs

International cricket returned to Chelmsford as England’s Women took on their Pakistan counterparts in the third match in the Metro Bank ODI Series at the Cloud County Ground.

Natalie Sciver-Brunt (right) on her way to an unbeaten 124* for England Women against Pakistan at Chelmsford (Kieran Galvin ActionFotoSport)

England went into the game holding a 1-0 advantage following a victory at Derbyshire in the opening match of the series. And with Saturday’s second fixture at Somerset washed out, the teams arrived in the county town with everything to play for.

Despite losing Tammy Beaumont – playing a disastrous ramp shot to a ball from Fatima – England made use of the power play, largely thanks to Maia Bouchier’s aggressive approach. However, the Southern Vipers all-rounder found herself back in the pavilion having scored 34 off 33 balls. Fatima took a comfortable catch to give Diana Baig her first wicket.

Umm-e-Hani had England skipper Heather Knight trapped lbw following a successful review, leaving England on 70 for three.

A fourth-wicket partnership between Natalie Sciver-Brunt and Danni Wyatt gave the home side a little more stability. It was eventually broken when Wyatt lifted Nida Dar to Sidra Ameen on 44, the collaboration contributing 79.

Sciver-Brunt reached her half-century off 58 balls and went on to woo the enthusiastic audience further, passing three figures off 110. The 31-year-old finished unbeaten on 124* – Partnerships with Amy Jones and Alice Capsey yielded 66 and 87 respectively, helping England to a formidable 302 for five.

Pakistan’s response got off to the worst possible start when Lauren Bell dislodged Sadaf Shamas’ off-stump in only the second over.

When Ammen scooped Bell to Bouchier, the writing was already on the wall. Ayesha Zafar followed similarly, caught by Charlie Dean to hand Kate Cross a wicket, and leaving the visitors floundering on 35 for three.

Sciver-Brunt emphatically removed Najiha Alvi. However, Muneeba Ali refused to throw in the towel, scoring a dogged 47 before skying Sciver-Bruntto Bouchier. Meanwhile, Pakistan twice unsuccessfully reviewed after Dean trapped Fatima and Sophie Ecclestone likewise to Umm-e-Hani.

Aliya Riaz carried the fight, but with those around her falling, her efforts were always going to be in vain.

Nashra Sandhu went first ball and gave Ecclestone her one-hundredth ODI wicket for England. And with news filtering through that Nida Dar had picked up a hamstring injury and was unable to bat, Raiz’s determined inning concluded on 36, caught sub off Ecclestone to confirm a sizable 178-run success and 2-0 series victory for England.

England Women: Tammy Beaumont, Maia Bouchier, Heather Knight (Capt), Natalie Sciver-Brunt, Danni Wyatt, Amy Jones (WK), Alice Capsey, Charlie Dean, Sophie Ecclestone, Kate Cross, Lauren Bell

Pakistan Women: Sidra Ameen, Sadaf Shamas, Muneeba Ali, Ayesha Zafar, Nida Dar (Capt), Aliya Riaz, Fatima Sana, Najiha Alvi (WK), Umm-e-Hani, Diana Baig, Nashra Sandhu

Officials: Kim Cotton, Jasmine Naeem, Sue Redfern, Helen Pack and Anna Harris


Brian Jeeves