Alice Capsey seals deal after Katherine Brunt sets tone for England

England 109 for five (Capsey 44, Ranaweera 3-29) beat Sri Lanka 106 for 9 (de Silva 25, Ecclestone 3-25) by 5 wickets

England deployed the youth-and-experience system they hope will carry them to a house Commonwealth Video games medal to good impact towards Sri Lanka to open their marketing campaign with a five-wicket victory at Edgbaston.

Between 37-year-old Katherine Brunt taking a wicket with the primary ball of the match to Sophie Ecclestone’s three wickets because the mainstay of England’s spin division and two wickets apiece for brand spanking new seamers Issy Wong and Freya Kemp, qualifiers Sri Lanka by no means acquired going after profitable the toss and opting to bat first.

However, after shedding each openers early after which struggling to stem a gradual circulation of wickets, it fell to a different newcomer, 17-year-old Alice Capsey, to assist overhaul a paltry goal of 107 with 17 balls to spare, her innings of 44 off 45 balls seeing England house by 5 wickets.

In with the ‘outdated’

Brunt, handed a commemorative cap to mark her one hundredth T20 worldwide by former England team-mate Isa Guha earlier than the match, struck with the primary ball when she pinned 16-year-opener Vishmi Gunarathne with a ball that was on course to crash into her center and leg stumps.

Ecclestone, one other veteran of this England aspect at simply 23 given her seven years of illustrious service thus far, was steered away for 4 by third by Hasini Perera as quickly as she entered the assault within the sixth over. However left-arm spinner Ecclestone responded moments later with a calm-as-you-like caught-and-bowled after Perera struck the ball arduous again at her to depart for 17 and Sri Lanka ended the powerplay at 35 for two. Ecclestone roared again within the closing over, claiming two extra wickets to finish with 3 for 25 from her 4 overs.

In with the brand new

Kemp, the 17-year-old left-arm seamer who made her worldwide debut 5 days earlier, struck together with her first ball of the Video games, taking the prize wicket of Sri Lanka captain Chamari Athapaththu for a cautious 10 off 18 with a magnificence that straightened barely off the seam to pluck off stump out of the bottom.

Kemp had taken 2 for 18 in Monday’s third T20I towards South Africa in Derby as England accomplished their preparations for this occasion. She had her second wicket of this match when Kavisha Dilhari spooned the ball straight to Capsey at brief cowl.

Then, carrying on the youth theme, Wong, the 20-year-old Birmingham native, returned to the assault with a double-wicket maiden in her second over. Wong had Nilakshi de Silva caught just by Danni Wyatt at level and dismissed Anushka Sanjeewani with a brief ball that discovered the sting because the batter tried to drag and keeper Amy Jones grabbed the ball above her head as Sri Lanka slumped additional to 74 for six.

As if to tie the innings off with a bow, Brunt sat beneath a excessive ball as Ama Kanchana skied Sarah Glenn to mid-off, Brunt mendacity on the bottom after finishing the catch, arms unfold in one thing resembling aid, or satisfaction, job finished – though it wasn’t fairly for England as Ecclestone returned to seal a commanding effort for the host aspect with the ball.

Capsey caps off victory

England did not have all of it their very own method with the bat. Wyatt fell within the second over of England’s pursuit, effectively caught by Kanchana off the bowling of Oshadi Ranasinghe at mid-off, however then Dilhari put down an opportunity off Sophia Dunkley, on 15, when, having struck Acchini Kulasuriya for 2 fours, the opener chipped straight to cowl. However Ranasinghe claimed her second a short while later when she bowled Dunkley making an attempt to play throughout the road of a slower ball and England have been 26 for two.

After 9 overs, England have been 59 for 3, in contrast with Sri Lanka’s 52 for 3 on the identical stage of their innings, after Nat Sciver added 17 runs off 14 balls and her try to overturn a plumb lbw resolution off the bowling of Inoka Ranaweera failed. That grew to become 63 for 4 when Jones supplied Ranaweera’s second wicket, edging to Kumari at level.

However Capsey, sporting an enormous shiner beneath her proper eye after a fielding accident in the course of the warm-up, marshalled the rest of the run chase, in simply her third worldwide match and second innings with the bat. Having impressed with a 17-ball 25 towards South Africa on Monday when she got here in at No. 3, Capsey retained that spot and supplied stability for England with a mature innings that includes 4 boundaries. She was joined by Maia Bouchier in a 42-run partnership for the fifth wicket and, after Capsey was stumped off the bowling of Ranaweera with England needing simply two runs to win, it was Bouchier who introduced up victory, slamming the subsequent ball, from Athapaththu, for 4 by long-on.

Valkerie Baynes is a basic editor at ESPNcricinfo

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