England women end preparations in style
England women demolished South Africa by 121 runs in their sole warm-up in Sri Lanka before beginning the World Twenty20 versus Pakistan on Thursday.
Charlotte Edwards typically led by example with 54 of 180 for four and the Proteas were then dismissed with eight balls unused.
The result completed fine preparation for England, who beat West Indies 4-1 in the NatWest Women's International T20 series shortly before flying to the sub-continent.
Edwards justified her decision to bat first at the Moors Sports Club Ground in Colombo by underpinning the innings. Her smooth knock occupied 38 balls and containing seven fours.
Her opening partner Laura Marsh eased to 22 before falling to Marcia Letsoalo and Sarah Taylor, who matched Edwards’ boundary tally, had raced to 31 from 18 deliveries when she was caught behind off Dinesha Devnarain.
Edwards retired out at the end of the 15th over and, once Lydia Greenway was stumped off Sunette Loubser for 23, Danni Wyatt’s unbeaten 14-ball 24 lifted England to a formidable total against opponents who used 10 bowlers.
All 11 South Africa batters were soon called upon and only opener Shandre Fritz, whom Holly Colvin snared for 33 in the 14th over, made double figures in a feeble reply.
Colvin, Anya Shrubsole, Hazell and Marsh each took two wickets with Hazell’s three overs costing a mere five runs.
Edwards, whose team now travel to Galle where all the women’s group games are being held, said: "It was a good team performance today and great to get a game out here under our belts. Everyone has been contributing throughout the recent series back home and again today which is fantastic.
"I was pleased to contribute with some runs today. The wicket played well and the outfield was quicker than I expected, which suited me. My approach is to go out there and hit boundaries and we did that today.
“We're really confident heading into the tournament and looking forward to getting the group games under way down in Galle on Thursday."
In today’s other women’s warm-up game Asmavia Iqbal’s 4-11 helped to limit Sri Lanka to 77 for eight, a score Pakistan overhauled with four wickets and 2.4 overs in hand at Nondescripts Cricket Club in Colombo.