Taylor completes preparations in style

ICC World Twenty20 West Indies 2010

Dilani Manodara & Claire Taylor

Claire Taylor scored 70 from 53 balls to gain momentum ahead of England's World Twenty20 defence in the West Indies

England claimed a comfortable 79-run win over Sri Lanka at the St Pauls sports complex near Basseterre in their second warm-up match ahead of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in the Caribbean.

Opener Claire Taylor smashed 70 from 53 balls to lead the world champions to an imposing total of 160 for five and in reply Sri Lanka capitulated to 81 all out in 16.3 overs.

Jenny Gunn gave Taylor some able support with 42 from 34 deliveries as they shared an 88-run partnership for the second wicket.

A brisk 24, including four boundaries, from Laura Marsh off just nine balls added greater authority to England’s total after losing three wickets for 14 runs.

But Sri Lanka never looked like threatening their total.

Off-spinner Danielle Hazell was the pick of the bowlers with 3-9 from 2.3 overs while Holly Colvin claimed 2-15 from three overs as only three of Sri Lanka’s batting line-up reached double figures.

England, who won their opening warm-up match against India yesterday by 25 runs, begin the defence of their Women’s World Twenty20 title against Australia at Warner Park in St Kitts on Wednesday.

And after the victory, captain Charlotte Edwards said: “I’m really pleased how the two warm up games have gone, everyone has had a run out.

“The girls are ready and raring to go now for Wednesday. Its always great to play the Aussies, we had the best of them in the last World Cup but I’m sure they are going to come hard at us on Wednesday, its going to be a fantastic game.”

Australia also made it two warm-up wins out of two with an 82-run victory over Pakistan, while England’s second opponents West Indies beat New Zealand by three wickets. Their final Group B opponents, South Africa, lost to India by 23 runs.