England ensured that they won every match of the ODI Series with West Indies as they won by 135 runs.
England made three changes with Fran Wilson, Jenny Gunn and debutant Bryony Smith coming into the side. Katherine Brunt and Natalie Sciver were rested from the squad and Laura Marsh joined them on the sidelines.
The rain has been a disruption to the English cricket schedule all week (always a risk in the rainy season). The weather shortened the second ODI at Worcester and so it proved again today.
England batting first again started again with the formidable opening partnership of Tammy Beaumont and Amy Jones. Both players complement each other and that showed again today.
The only thing that was going to stop them from another fifty-run partnership was the rain which came down with 10.2 overs bowled.
England were 43 for 0 at that point and when the players came out again after the restart. Both Beaumont and Jones were in the mood for runs.
Beaumont was judging the delivery of the bowlers well. On 46 attempting a reverse sweep Beaumont’s got her execution wrong. Replays suggested she may have got bat to it but she was adjudged lbw.
The form of both Jones and Sarah Taylor have been talked about. Much of that has been about the two playing together. It worked today as the pair added 87 for the second wicket. Jones who has gone so close to scoring her first ODI hundred again looked on course today before she flicked Hayley Matthew to the deep mid-wicket boundary and Britney Cooper took a good low catch. Any other day it would have been the best catch of the match. Fran Wilson would make sure that was not the case.
Sarah Taylor was at her imperious best as she hit the ball to all areas of the ground. Her 70 came from just 61 balls before she gave Matthews her second wicket. Matthews finished with the big two wickets and figures of 2 for 52.
England’s eventual total of 258 for 4 was helped by a cameo from the skipper Heather Knight it a 19 ball 40 not out as England finished their 39 innings with the momentum.
With Matthews promising to hit West Indies into contention today was no different. She was dismissive of the Bowling of Cross and was looking to follow up a big straight six.
Hitting through cover the next ball Matthews could only look in disbelief as the diving Wilson launched into the air and plucked the moving ball out of the air. Even at full speed, it seemed to take place in slow-motion.
It put West Indies onto the back foot. West Indies were without Stafanie Taylor their captain as she was at the hospital having a scan on her hand. While in the field Taylor was going for a catch but caught her awkwardly and ended her involvement.
West Indies did look more likely to score runs but with a D/L/S total of 267 to chase from 39 overs it was ultimately to be beyond the Caribbean side.
England with Anya Shrubsole, Cross and Ecclestone all bowled well for England at the top and from there West Indies were too far behind to stand any chance. The bowlers continued away plug away and the wickets flowed.
Heather Knight bowled Shamilia Connell to wrap things up and give England the series 3-0.