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Rain postpones Sri Lanka Women chase to reserve day

Rain postpones Sri Lanka Women chase to reserve day
Natalie Sciver scored 77 for England.
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England Women 240-9 (Sciver 77) v Sri Lanka Women
Fourth One-Day International in Colombo

After spirited efforts from Natalie Sciver and the lower order helped England Women post 240 for nine, heavy showers ensured there was no further play possible, thereby postponing the Sri Lankan chase to the reserve day in the fourth One-Day International in Colombo.

Heather Knight returned back to captain England after missing the previous game and she won the toss and opted to bat first.

After losing Tammy Beaumont (0) early, Amy Jones (28) and Knight (11) added 30 runs for the second wicket but both fell in quick succession to leave England in trouble at 43 for three.

Sciver (77) looked solid at one but England lost Danielle Wyatt (0), Fran Wilson (0) and Georgia Elwiss (6) and were restricted to 58 for six in the 17th over.

However, the lower order stood out strongly for the visitors when the situation demanded with Danielle Hazell (45) adding a 104-run stand with Sciver for the seventh wicket to take England out of the woods.

Sciver completed a fine fifty but was eventually dismissed in the 32nd over after she was castled by Chamari Atapattu (1-47).

Laura Marsh (36) and Beth Langston (21) supported Hazell and ensured England reached 240 for nine in their 50 overs after which there was relentless rain leading the game to the reserve day where Sri Lanka will begin their chase.

England have already claimed the series with a 3-0 lead.

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