Summer (!) 2016 – England vs Pakistan ODIs

The dawn of a new England team, but in the same cause – qualification for the 2017 World Cup, to be held in England.  Three games against Pakistan who had only been to these shores once before, when they won one game in the tour, the last game when England reversed their Batting order at Loughborough. You would have thought Pakistan had won the World Cup, so joyful were their celebrations.

1st ODI – 21/6/16 Leicester

This tour continued its damp theme, the visitors having struggled to complete their warm-up and acclimatisation, with the first game day weathered out at Leicester. The rain all morning was bad enough, but a torrential downpour about the time the game was due to start ensured that a ‘reserve’ day was used for, I think, the second time in the tournament.

The second day dawned bright, and despite apparently forgetting a coin to toss, new England skipper Heather Knight won the toss and put the visitors in. Pakistan opened slowly, going at about 2 runs an over, fifth over a maiden and the first boundary in the sixth over, with England opening bowling pair Brunt&Shrubsole being unrewarded until the seventh over when Brunt managed to take the edge of Javeria’s bat, through to new keeper Jones’ gloves for 7, 15-1, bringing great celebration on the field as this was the 100th ODI wicket for Katherine Brunt.

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The Pakistan top order supported their opening batsman S.Amin on her way to her maiden ODI 50.S0583744 - Amin 50

However, Sidra Amin was the 5th wicket to fall for 52, but she had taken her side past three figures, with Pakistan looking to pass their highest total against England.

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Javed c Winfeld b Knight 5

 

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Ashmavia c Cross b Knight 22, 165 all out

Pakistan ended on 165, Knight taking her first ODI 5 wicket haul, and opening bowler Ashmavia the last wicket to fall with the second highest individual score.

England’s reply started poorly with a juggle in the slips from the edge of a poor shot by Winfield from the very first ball – after some consultation between umpires on the validity of the catch, Winfield was gone and England was 0-0. Elwiss joined Beaumont, but departed bowled for 12, bringing the England captain to the crease in an unusual position of 4, at 33-2, a crucial stage.

Beaumont, who had started in boundaries, hitting four in Ashmavia’s 4th over, continued to her first ODI 50, eventually falling for 70 caught by her opposing numer Sidra Amin . England were now 129-2 and cruising, with half their overs remaining.

Natalie Sciver joined her skipper and scored at a run a ball, but with enough of an eye on the scoreboard to ensure her skipper got her 50 – likely that neither of them knew that no-one had EVER taken a 5-fer and got 50 in an ODI, let alone being skipper or the first game as skipper – unsurprisingly, Knight was man of the match.

England win by 7 wickets and the new era was off to a good start.


2nd ODI – 22/6/16 Worcester

Game 2 dawned damp, but they started on time, in front of a decent crowd. The groundsman had clearly been listening to the new coach’s call for smaller boundaries, although they looked rather silly!

In contrast to falling first ball the previous day, Winfield waited until the fifth ball to get off the mark with a boundary. The opening pair scored pretty quickly, bringing up 50 in the 9th over, at more like T20 scoring. Both went through 50, Winfield was first to her century (although needing work on her celebrations as it was so short, none of the pictures are useful) and Beaumont following minutes later with an almost suicidal single leaving her prostate on the turf. Both had cleared the boundary rope twice in their tons.

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It was therefore fitting that both wickets fell in the same over to the 18 year old seamer Maham Tariq, who had apparently got off the plane from Pakistan the day before, in her returning spell having shared the new ball with Asmavia.

239-2 was already a score that Pakistan were likely to struggle to get, but England still had ten overs to cause more mayhem, Elwiss being joined by Sciver continued to press on with the scoring rate, Elwiss getting a 15 ball 17 before Sciver and Knight let rip with 14 boundary crossing shots, including Sciver clearing the rope the covers and significant expanses of turf with a number of her six 6’s.

Scivers’ 50 in 22 balls is likely to be the quickest, it is the quickest recorded, although not all are recorded in this way. It was also the highest 50 over score on that ground in any form or cricket and most 6’s in a WODI…

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England closed on 378, narrowly passing the highest England total.

Pakistan nearly managed to see off Englands opening quicks, but Nahida fell to the accurate arm of fielder Dani Wyatt, her opening partner falling in the 6th over lbw Shrubsole, 16-2. Javeria/Bismah came together and put on 49 before the partnership was broken, although at 68-3 in the 17th over, there was no expectation in the ground that they were going to get close and perhaps their target was to beat their score on the previous day.

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Javed c Brunt b Sciver 5

Pakistan Skipper and T20 skipper managed that 50 partnership, putting on 61 for the 5th wicket, Bismah falling for the highest score of 61, 137-5, but with 15 overs left the writing was on the wall.

Wickets from there were shared, Shrubsole ending with 4, Brunt 2, Sciver 2 and two run outs both by Wyatt.

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Mir run out Wyatt 21
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Nida c Elwiss b Shrubsole 8
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High fives all round as 212 run win is wrapped up.

man of the match was shared (!) by the opening pair.


3rd ODI – 28/6/16 Taunton

Raf Nicolson asked on twitter if we’d see the first Pakistan maiden of the series, and they obliged in the first over of the day, after England won the toss and batted. The overhead conditions gave swinging conditions and there was only one boundary in the first six overs. Winfield scored faster, but fell in the Pakistan skippers second over, 59-1.

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Pakistan celebrate Winfield wicket

Elwiss took 10 balls to get off the mark against spin from both ends, but she and Beaumont put on a partnership of 166, Beaumont only just getting to 50 first.

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Sidra tries to stop Elwiss getting to 50
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sheepish G gets 50

Elwiss fell as England accelerated through the powerplay, bowled by skipper Mir (who had dropped her six overs previous) for 77, 225-3. England continued that acceleration into the last ten overs, putting on the last 100 in less than 8 overs. Sciver fell two short of a consecutive 50 in the 48th over, having only been in 9 overs, and Wyatt was bowled trying to continue the charge in the last over.

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Beaumont’s consecutive ODI ton, first by an England woman
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Beaumont 150*

Beaumont ended on 168*, the second highest individual England ODI score, only Charlotte Edwards has more 173* and even Jason Roy was not to pass that mark against SL the day after at the Oval, or the highest men’s score, by Robin Smith, of 165.

England didn’t pass their Worcester total, but were only 12 runs short at 366-4.

Unusually Shrubsole opened the bowling, just an ends thing as Brunt was at the Ian Botham stand end. By the time their spell had finished, after 12 overs, Pakistan were 34-3, both bowlers having conceded 17 runs, Shrubsole with the wickets of both openers – Amin for 9 (dropped by Sciver in the 3rd over) and Javeria 7 – and Brunt the wicket of Nain caught by keeper Jones.

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Javeria c Winfield b Shrubsole 7
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Nain c jones b Brunt 2, 22-3

Bismah again dropped anchor, this time with Sidra

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until the combination of Sciver/Marsh saw her off for 33, 96-4

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Sidra b Marsh 47
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Dar c Shrubsole b Marsh 6

Dar was Marsh’s third victim, although Shrubsole seemed to hurt herself, going straight off the field and a side strain meaning she will not feature in the T20s.  This was Marsh’s her best performance since Lincoln NZ in 2012, conceding one more run at 29-3 and a welcome return after a number of seasons of injury issues.

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Middlesex left arm spinner Alex Hartley bowled her first overs on debut before Marsh and although her first 5 overs went for 38, her returning 5 overs went for 15.

From here it was the Brunt show, taking 4 (mostly tailend) wickets in 12 balls, all bowled, starting with skipper Mir for 29, 157-6

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Mir b Brunt 27
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Sadia b Brunt 0
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Maham b Brunt 0 (1)

with two wickets falling off the last 2 balls of the 43rd over, no-one including the players seemed to realise that the first ball of the 45th over was the hattrick ball, successfully defended. Five balls later it was all over:

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Brunt flying
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Brunt 5-fer
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England celebrate a successful campaign and 6 World Cup qualifying points

So a successful start for the new regime, 3 good wins, some demons settled and places secured, 6 qualifying points for next years world cup, a blooded new left arm spinner, the only shame that some of the lower order batsmen didn’t also get a chance, but with Beaumont scoring 342 runs in three games, averaging 171, it was hardly likely!

 

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