A clinical performance helped England Women overpower Sri Lanka Women by eight wickets in a one-sided ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 warm-up encounter at Queen’s Park in Chesterfield on Monday (June 19).
Taylor ensured that there was no change in momentum as she got off to a quick-fire start even as Beaumont was trapped in front by Oshadi Ranasinghe for a 36-ball 31. While Sri Lanka would have seen that as a small opening to force their way back into the game, Taylor, in the company of Knight, thwarted such thoughts while helping themselves to some quality time with the bat.
An unbeaten 76-run stand for the third wicket, which came off 16.2 overs, helped England register a comfortable win, which has come close on the heels of their 140-run thumping of India in an unofficial practice game recently, adding to their confidence.
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Brief scores: Sri Lanka Women 155 in 47.2 overs (Chamari Atapattu 33, Prasadani Weerakkody 23; Anya Shrubsole 3-27, Katherine Brunt 2-44) lost to England Women 156/2 in 30.2 overs (Sarah Taylor 49*, Lauren Winfield 35, Heather Knight 32*; Inoka Ranaweera 1-21) by 8 wickets.