Life in the slow lane

Laura Marsh spoke to ECBtv after putting her name in the record books today

England off-spinner Laura Marsh admitted partner in crime Holly Colvin was unlucky not to take a greater share of the wickets in today’s eight-wicket win against Pakistan.

Marsh and left-arm spinner Colvin cast a spell over the Pakistan batsmen who capitulated to 78 all out before England knocked off the runs in under half their allotted overs at the North Sydney Oval.

Twenty-two-year-old Marsh, who has only been bowling off-spin for a year since switching from seam-up, weighed in with an England World Cup record 5-15 from her 10 overs.

Colvin, three years Marsh’s junior, produced miserly figures of 1-8 in the same number of overs as Pakistan struggled to hit either off the square.

“It went really well. I was pleased to take a few wickets. It was good to be bowling back with Holly again,” Marsh told ECBtv.

“Bowling in that partnership was good. We restricted the runs and she was unfortunate not to take as many wickets as me, but it was a good partnership.”

Marsh, who also juggled a catch at square leg to remove opener Bismah Maroof, continued: “She keeps the runs down. She bowls really tight lines. We can bowl pressure from both ends so she’s a good person to bowl with.”

Marsh admitted she was unaware of the history she made after captain Charlotte Edwards introduced her to the attack as early as the the 12th over.

Pakistan were going along nicely, reaching 50 for the loss of only Maroof, but Marsh ripped out their middle order to leave them 61 for six when captain Urooj Mumtaz became her fifth victim.

Laura Marsh

Marsh's team-mates rush to congratulate her after she caught opener Bismah Maroof at square leg

“I didn’t realise that but it’s really good to know that. Hopefully I can maybe do better next time,” she added.

“It was probably slightly different conditions to what I would normally bowl in. The ball was a bit newer and the pitch wasn’t really turning that much so I just had to be consistent with my lines and lengths, but it went well.”

Marsh’s World Cup tally now stands at eight after she picked up 3-32 in the tournament opener against Sri Lanka at Canberra’s Manuka Oval. She did not play against India at today’s venue.

“It’s been going well. It’s always nice to pick up wickets so hopefully I can continue that in the next few games,” she said.

Those next few games are the Super Six stage when England will clash with fellow heavyweights New Zealand and Australia, either side of a contest against West Indies.

The White Ferns - the other side to carry forward maximum points from the group stage - are next up on Saturday at the Bankstown Oval in south-west Sydney.

They shocked hosts Australia before going on to overcome West Indies and South Africa, but Marsh knows England can draw confidence from their run of 17 unbeaten one-day internationals

“The team has been doing really well as a whole. We’ve been getting better and better every game,” she said.

“It will be good going into the game against New Zealand and hopefully we can continue to improve our performances.”

England beat New Zealand 3-1 across the Tasman Sea a year ago but Marsh is certain they will not take their next opponents lightly.

“They’ve got a very good side. We played against them last year and won that series but we shouldn’t underestimate them. They’re a very attacking side with the bat and it will be a highly competitive game,” she added.

“The pressure will be on and hopefully we’ve prepared ourselves well enough to stand up and show how good we are.”