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Twin triumphs for women's academy

The England women’s academy recorded successive wins over Sri Lanka women in a T20 double-header at Loughborough yesterday.

After sneaking to an 11-run triumph in the opening encounter, Lauren Winfield’s side eased to victory by nine wickets in game two.

Twenty-four hours earlier, Cordelia Griffith had shone as the England women’s development side pushed Sri Lanka all the way before suffering a three-run defeat at the same venue.

Griffith’s return of 3-28 helped limit Sri Lanka to 123 for seven and the all-rounder then added 32 with the bat in a home total of 120 for nine.

The academy’s first victory owed much to skipper Winfield, who contributed 39 from the top of the order to a score of 115 for six.

Alice Davidson-Richards then impressed with 3-13 from three overs and there were two wickets apiece for Natasha Farrant and Danni Wyatt as Sri Lanka were dismissed for 104 with three balls unused.

The tourists struggled with the bat in the afternoon, labouring to 91 for nine in the face of disciplined bowling highlighted by an economical analysis of 3-0-7-2 from Cecily Scutt.

Winfield again prospered with 33 not out in reply, while Wyatt struck two sixes en route to 47 from 33 balls as the academy hurried to the winning post inside 14 overs.

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