England seal series triumph
England women opened up an unassailable 3-0 lead in the NatWest International T20 series with West Indies courtesy of a battling 10-run win at Wantage Road.
The hosts were limited to a modest total of 103 for seven after choosing to bat, with Sarah Taylor’s 27 the highest score.
However, Arran Brindle and Holly Colvin then shared six economical wickets as the Windies laboured to 93 all out.
Runs flowed relatively freely at the start of England’s innings and 33 were on the board by the time Laura Marsh departed to spinner Anisa Mohammed in the sixth over.
Skipper Charlotte Edwards was bowled by Shemaine Campbelle soon after and the fit-again Lydia Greenway was caught behind off Shanel Daley for 11 as the tourists gained a foothold.
Wickets continued to tumble as the innings drew to a close, preventing England from lifting their run-rate. Mohammed, Campbelle and Daley all finished with two scalps apiece.
Yet if the Windies believed they were in pole position to end England’s 19-match unbeaten run in the shortest form, they soon had reason for concern as Brindle turned in a fine opening spell.
The medium-pacer boasted figures of 2-4 after her first three overs, having bowled Tremayne Smartt and the returning Stafanie Taylor.
Colvin increased the pressure on West Indies by winning lbw verdicts against Stacy-Ann King and Campbelle, either side of Greenway running out Merissa Aguilleira.
Deandra Dottin kept the match alive by thumping two fours and a six in a brisk 24, only to be bowled by Katherine Brunt in the penultimate over.
A second run-out for Greenway then brought proceedings to a conclusion with four balls unused.