Monday 1 September 2008 

Sarah Taylor Breaks A Record As England Go 2-0 Up

England Women 103-0 (S Taylor 75no) beat
India Women 102 all out (Raj 53no, Colvin 4-20, Brunt 3-14) by ten wickets
2nd One Day International, Taunton. England lead the five-match series 2-0

Sarah Taylor became the youngest woman to hit 1,000 One Day International runs as England Women moved to a 2-0 series lead over India Women with a crushing ten-wicket victory at Taunton.

Sarah Taylor in action for England
Record-breaker: Sarah Taylor in action
© Action Images / Paul Harding Livepic

Taylor, 19, needed just 16 runs to reach the milestone and she was in no mood to hang around after four wickets from Holly Colvin and three from Katherine Brunt ensured England were only chasing 103 to win.

Taylor hit seven fours and a six to remain unbeaten on 75 from 77 balls as she raced past her half-century, and overtook her captain Charlotte Edwards, who had been the youngest woman to 1,000 ODI runs.

Caroline Atkins faced 70 balls and made 24 not out, hitting three fours as Taylor took centre stage, blasting England home in 24.3 overs.

"It never occurred to me that getting 1,000 runs for England at my age would constitute a new record, until I was recently informed," Taylor said.

 

“Even though achieving this is fantastic I am going to continue playing my cricket in the same vain as I have been so far and hopefully further mine and the team’s success,” she added.

 

Earlier, England, still unbeaten this summer put in another supreme performance in the field as they dismissed India for just 102. Only captain Mithali Raj, who was unbeaten on 53, resisted for any length of time as Brunt and Colvin shared seven wickets.

Just as they had done in Saturday's series opening match, Brunt and Isa Guha got early breakthroughs to put India under pressure from which they were unable to recover.

There was just the one wicket for Guha today as she bowled Jaya Sharma for a duck, leaving Brunt to dismiss Sulakshana Naik for nought, Deveika Palshikar for four and Amita Sharma for six to leave India's innings in tatters at 11 for four.

Raj, who hit four fours in her 99-ball innings, added 41 with Hemlata Kala (five) as the innings followed a similar pattern to Saturday's before Kala was run out and despite 11 from Asha Rawat, India's lower order had no answer to left-arm spinner Colvin, who picked up the last four wickets to fall, leaving Raj stranded at the other end having scored more than half of her side's total.

India's innings lasted 45.1 overs with 17 extras the next highest contributor as the Women narrowly failed to better Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men's effort in their last ODI when they scored 103 against Sri Lanka.

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