Saturday 23 August 2014 

England Hold On For Series Win After Edwards Century

England players celebrate their win over India
England players celebrate their win over India
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Charlotte Edwards raises her bat to celebrate her ninth ODI century
Charlotte Edwards raises her bat to celebrate her ninth ODI century
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Jenny Gunn (left) celebrates after dismissing Jhulan Goswami (right) caught and bowled
Jenny Gunn (left) celebrates after dismissing Jhulan Goswami (right) caught and bowled
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England Women 214-9 (Edwards 108no) beat
India Women 201 (Gunn 4-23) by 13 runs
Second One-Day International, Scarborough

England Women held on to beat India Women by 13 runs in the second One-Day International in Scarborough after Charlotte Edwards scored a historic century.

No woman has now scored more centuries in the format than her and this innings of 108 not out in 145 balls, her ninth triple-figure score, set up an England total of 214 for nine.

A number of Indian players then made contributions as they threatened to chase down their target only for England to bowl them out for 201 as the game almost went down to the wire.

Jenny Gunn returned figures of four for 23 as England moved into an unassailable 2-0 series lead and claimed two more ICC Women's Championship points.

Most Centuries in Women's ODIs

9 - Charlotte Edwards (ENG)

8 - Karen Rolton (AUS), Claire Taylor (ENG)

5 - Suzie Bates (NZL), Belinda Clark (AUS), Janette Brittin (ENG), Mithali Raj (IND), Sarah Taylor (ENG), Stafanie Taylor (WIN)

India won the toss and asked England to bat, and had much more luck than they did against Edwards and opening partner Heather Knight (13) in the opening game.

An outstanding spell from Jhulan Goswami and Nagarajan Niranjan put pressure on the pair, resulting in Knight's run out by Shikha Pandey in the 11th over with the score on just 26.

Sarah Taylor then made 23 and Lauren Winfield 10, both falling to off-spinner Shivanand Gayakwad before Goswami struck twice in two balls to have both Lydia Greenway and Tamsin Beaumont trapped in front.

That left England at 125 for five but crucially for India, they were unable to get Edwards out, and with Natalie Sciver (17) offering support, she was able to move towards her century.

However, Sciver, Gunn (6), Danielle Hazell (6) and Anya Shrubsole (4) all fell meaning Kate Cross, unbeaten on four, was required to stand firm at the other end as Edwards made it.

Gayakwad also removed Sciver and Shrubsole to finish with four for 42 and Goswami ended with three for 30.

In reply, India started at a quicker rate than England had managed until they lost opener Poonam Raut in the 11th over when she was caught and bowled Cross.

Gunn then struck to dismiss the in-form Smriti Mandhana (32) and Karuna Jain (1) and Knight struck with her first ball to trap Mithali Raj in front for 30.

Harmanpreet Kaur (43) and VR Vanitha (23) then took the score on from 97 for four to 138 for five when Shrubsole had Vanitha caught behind by Taylor, standing up to the stumps.

Goswami then struck the only six of the innings in a quickfire 18 to get India back on track but when she, Pandey (0) and Kaur fell in less than two overs for the addition of just one run, India were struggling at 172 for eight.

However, they were not done yet. Niranjana (5) added another 10 with Ekta Bisht, who then put on 19 for the final wicket with Gayakwad (5).

She finished unbeaten on 14 when Gayakwad lofted Hazell into the air to be caught by Winfield.

Shrubsole (2-44), Knight (2-29), Cross (1-41), Hazell (1-41) were the other wicket-takers.

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