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England wrap up the Series at Fortress Chelmsford

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England women complete their record-breaking summer against Pakistan, in front of packed crowd at the Essex County Ground in Chelmsford, with a 57 run victory in the final NatWest International Twenty20 (IT20) against Pakistan.  The result this evening means that Heather Knight’s England team have won all six internationals against the tourists, backing up a 3-0 Royal London One-Day International (ODI) series triumph with the same score line in the NatWest IT20s.

CHELMSFORD, ENGLAND - JULY 7: Heather Knight of England hits out during the Natwest Women's International T20 match between England Women and Pakistan Women at the Essex County Ground on July 7, 2016 in Chelmsford, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Heather Knight

Heather Knight hits out. (Photo: Stephen Pond/Getty Images for the ECB)

Throughout the six matches the players have all played their part in marking the start of a fresh era for England women’s cricket under the new leadership of captain Heather Knight and Head Coach Mark Robinson, by breaking several longstanding team and individual records, including:

  • Highest ODI total: 378-5 (Lauren Winfield 123, Tammy Beaumont 104, Natalie Sciver 80), 2nd Royal London ODI, Wednesday 22nd June, New Road Worcester
  • Highest IT20 total: 187-5 (Tammy Beaumont 84, Lauren Winfield 72), 1st NatWest IT20, Sunday 3rd July, The Brightside Ground, Bristol
  • Highest ODI opening partnership: 235 (Lauren Winfield & Tammy Beaumont) 2nd Royal London ODI, Wednesday 22nd June, New Road Worcester
  • Highest IT20 opening partnership: 147 (Lauren Winfield & Tammy Beaumont) 1st NatWest IT20, Sunday 3rd July, The Brightside Ground, Bristol
  • Heather Knight became the first player in the world (male or female) to take 5 wickets (5-26) and score a half century (50*) in an ODI
  • Tammy Beaumont’s 342 run aggregate in the Royal London ODI series was the highest ever in a three-match ODI series (male or female)

The result tonight also takes England women’s win tally at the Essex County Ground in Chelmsford to an incredible twelve victories from twelve internationals (five ODIs and seven IT20s) played at the venue.

Speaking immediately after the match tonight, England women’s captain, Heather Knight, said: “It has been a brilliant few weeks for the team, and we have all really enjoyed finishing things with another win here at “Fortress Chelmsford”.

“There was a fair amount of pressure on us coming into this series of matches against Pakistan, so it has been really pleasing that we have played with such positive intent throughout, and let our cricket do the talking.  As a group we worked really hard to prepare for this summer, so to see records tumble in the manner that they have is fantastic.  But this is just the beginning for us.  Over the last six matches we have laid some strong foundations on which to build ahead of what will be a challenging tour to the West Indies in October.”

England’s players will next be in action for their respective teams in the inaugural Kia Super League (KSL).  The KSL gets underway on Saturday 30th July, when Lauren Winfield will lead the Yorkshire Diamonds out at Headingley against Loughborough Lightning, captained by her England team-mate Georgia Elwiss.  All six teams will compete in a round-robin T20 competition over a 16 day period, with everyone bidding to qualify for finals day at the Essex County Ground, Chelmsford on Sunday 21st August.

The key aims of the Kia Super League include the development of ever higher standards for the England women’s team with greater competition for places, alongside inspiring more women and girls to play cricket at all levels.  It will offer new opportunities, new role models, and a network of six brand new women’s teams linked to their communities.

England women v Pakistan women – 3rd NatWest International Twenty20, The Essex County Ground, Chelmsford

England women won the toss and elected to bat

England women – 170-5 (Lauren Winfield 63, Tammy Beaumont 55)

20 overs

Pakistan women – 113-7

20 overs

England women won by 57 runs

 England women won NatWest IT20 series 3-0

England women v Pakistan women results 2016

Date Format Venue Result
20.6.16 1st Royal London ODI* Fischer County Ground, Grace Road, Leicester England won by 7 wickets
22.6.16 2nd Royal London ODI* New Road, Worcester England won by 212 runs
27.6.16 3rd Royal London ODI* The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton England won by 202 runs
3.7.16 1st NatWest IT20 The Brightside Ground, Bristol England won by 68 runs
5.7.16 2nd NatWest IT20 Ageas Bowl, Southampton England won by 35 runs
7.7.16 3rd NatWest IT20 The Essex County Ground, Chelmsford England won by 57 runs

 

* ICC Women’s Championship

Report courtesy of the ECB