England women wrap up T20 series

Laura Marsh

Laura Marsh continued her good form with a quickfire 30 which was the highest score by either side in Colombo

England women wrapped up the Twenty20 series with Sri Lanka after a low-scoring victory in the rearranged second fixture.

The two sides were due to meet yesterday but suffered frustration when more bad weather forced organisers to reschedule for today - the first part of a double-header.

Coach Mark Lane shuffled his pack with Charlotte Edwards handing the reins to vice-captain Jenny Gunn and star batsman Claire Taylor sliding down the order to allow some of the more inexperienced squad members a chance to showcase their talent.

Sri Lanka won the toss and inserted England, who, after losing Danielle Wyatt in the second over, made steady progress during the powerplay.

Laura Marsh, who has enjoyed an excellent tour with bat and ball, and in-form Danielle Hazell took England to 42 for one before falling to successive deliveries.

Hazell was the first to go, stumped off Shashikala Siriwardene for 10, followed next ball by Marsh, who was bowled for 30, which would be the team's highest score.

Suzie Rowe was soon run out as England got bogged down in the middle overs and it needed contributions from Fran Wilson and Lydia Greenway to get the innings back on track.

Gunn hit a six to give the England charge some much-needed impetus but, having helped her side reach 100, she was the eighth batsman out as the tourists were eventually bowled out for 114.

England made a perfect start with the ball when Isa Guha struck with her first delivery, Chamari Polgampola edging behind to Taylor.

But Sri Lanka regrouped with Inoka Galagedara looking a particular threat to England's modest total as she took her side to the 50-mark despite the loss of Chamari Atapattu to Hazell.

England made a crucial breakthrough at the end of the eighth over when Wyatt induced the well-set Galagedara to hit straight to Greenway.

Wyatt was celebrating for a second time en route to impressive figures of 2-18 as England began to squeeze the Sri Lanka batsmen.

Marsh then picked up two quick wickets and when Gunn ran out Deepika Rasangika Sri Lanka were in deep trouble at 77 for seven.

Gunn soon struck with the ball before England secured victory with two run-outs, Guha and Taylor combining on both occasions to complete a 17-run victory.

Gunn said: “I never dreamt I would play for my country never mind captain. It was another great experience and makes me appreciate what a fantastic job Charlotte does.

“I really enjoyed the second match. I’ve felt really good all tour and it was great just go out in the middle and enjoy myself.”