Ruthless England delight Colvin

ICC World Twenty20 2009

ECBtv spoke to Holly Colvin and Sarah Taylor after England's resounding opening win against India

Holly Colvin hailed England women’s “perfect” start to the ICC World Twenty20 following their 10-wicket mauling of India.

The hosts underlined their status as favourites to win the tournament with a thoroughly professional performance in their opening game at Taunton.

Left-arm spinner Colvin recorded career-best Twenty20 figures of 3-20 to help restrict India to 112 for eight, before Charlotte Edwards and Sarah Taylor hit unbeaten half-centuries to ease England home with 4.2 overs to spare.

“Beating them with no wickets down is what you always want,” Colvin told ECBtv.

“We restricted them really well to 112. We’re really pleased with our fielding performance, and to back it up with the bat was just perfect.

Sarah Taylor & Charlotte Edwards

Sarah Taylor and Charlotte Edwards enjoy themselves during an unbroken opening stand worth 113 as England romp home

“It’s good to get wickets and good to be in rhythm as well. Everyone took their chances and it feels good to be supported so well by everyone in the field.”

Off-spinner Laura Marsh surprisingly opened the bowling for England en route to figures of 1-22, while Edwards claimed 1-23 with her leg-spin.

Colvin expects the slower bowlers to continue to play a key role in England’s bid to add the World Twenty20 to the World Cup they won in Australia three months ago.

“Taking pace off the ball is key,” she added. “In the women’s game there is less power than the men’s, so spin’s always a challenge.

“My main aim is to restrict runs. I’m trying to bowl a bit flatter, than the odd one will be more flighted – it’s variation from all of the bowlers.”

Taylor, whose 50 not out spanned just 41 balls and contained seven fours, also paid tribute to England’s display in the field.

“I don’t think we could have asked for better,” she told ECBtv. “If someone said in the morning that India would only get 112, I would have snatched it out of their hand.

“It was a flat track. Our bowlers did really well, and the fielders kept it tight, so we couldn’t have asked for more.”

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