Edwards Leads The Way As England Take Series Lead
England Women 99-2 (Edwards 48no) beat
Sri Lanka Women 95-8 (Edwards 3-21) by eight wickets
First Twenty20 International, Colombo
England Women cruised to an eight-wicket win over Sri Lanka Women to take a 1-0 series lead in the Twenty20 International series in Colombo.
England's spinners once again performed admirably and captain Charlotte Edwards led the way by taking three for 21 while Danielle Hazell two for 15 to restrict the Sri Lankans to 95 for eight.
Openers Edwards (48 not out in 50 balls) and Laura Marsh (29) then put on 73 in 59 balls to put England on course for a comfortable victory, despite Claire Taylor's cheap dismissal for six.
Lydia Greenway won the match with a boundary with four overs to spare.
Marsh and Jenny Gunn were the other England players to take a wicket as only four Sri Lankans could reach double figures with captain Shashikala Siriwardene top scoring with 22 and Eshani Kaushalya making 19.
"We played our best cricket of the tour so far today," Edwards said. "All the bowlers bowled well and I am really pleased with how the whole team performed. It was great for Laura (Marsh) and I to get our innings off to a good start and set up the run chase.
"We are looking forward to carrying this performance forward to the second Twenty20 on Sunday."
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