Monday 4 August 2008 

England Women Ready To Return To Lord&#39s

England Women’s cricket team, who are currently right at the top of their game after series wins over the West Indies and New Zealand as well as an historic Ashes victory over Australia, return to Lord’s on August 8 2008 for the second ODI in their NatWest Women’s Series against South Africa.

The team celebrated their recent Ashes win with a victory parade at Lord’s during the interval of the final NatWest Series ODI between England and New Zealand.

Captain Charlotte Edwards said: "Lord’s is a very special place for us. That Ashes victory parade was amazing; it was such a great experience and something that will stay with me for the rest of my life.

"To lead the team out at Lord’s will be fantastic and something I will relish. Our aim will be to put in a fantastic performance for the crowd, which historically has always been supportive of women’s cricket. Last time we played here was in front of more than 2,000 people and we’re hoping for similar numbers again this year."

England last played at Lord’s in 2006 when they beat India by 100 runs with Claire Taylor smashing 156 not out to become the highest run-scorer ever at Lord’s in a one-day international.

This match signifies the start of an agreement between the MCC and ECB whereby England will play at least one match at The Home of Cricket every year from 2009 onwards.

The final of the ICC World Twenty20 will be held at Lord’s next year with the women’s final preceding the men’s. This will undoubtedly be on both sets of players’ minds as they take to the field on August 8.

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