England Women Set For Return To Arundel Castle

England Women’s cricket team return to Arundel Castle Cricket Club on Sunday September 7, 2008 for the fourth ODI in the NatWest Women’s Series against India.


England are currently 2-0 up in the five-match series and if they win the next ODI tomorrow, September 4, at Taunton they will remain unbeaten in an ODI series all year.


With that kind of form England are hot favourites to lift next year’s ICC Women’s World Cup in Australia in March and the ICC World Twenty20 in England in June.


This year captain Charlotte Edwards has led her side to series wins over New Zealand, West Indies and South Africa as well as an historic Ashes win over Australia in New South Wales in February.


The fifteen-strong England squad contains four Sussex players, who lifted the LV Women’s County Championship Trophy this year. Caroline Atkins, Holly Colvin, Sarah Taylor and Laura Marsh are all amongst the international squad.




General view of the ground at Arundel. © Action Images / Andy Couldridge


The last time England played at Arundel Castle was in 2006 when they also played India, and England won by five wickets, so England will be looking for a repeat performance to continue their dominance.


Sarah Taylor, England and Sussex wicket keeper is looking forward to returning to her home county and playing in the beautiful surrounds of Arundel Castle. She said: “It’s a lovely ground with a great atmosphere and we really enjoyed playing there in 2006 against the Indians.


“There was a great crowd last time and we’re hoping for more of the same this year as we look to continue our winning form as we look ahead to next year’s global competitions.”