Sarah Glenn’s double role, spinners’ exploits help England down West Indies to go 2-0 up

Sarah Glenn (c) celebrates the fall of a wicket with Amy Jones (l) and Danielle Wyatt. © ICC

Spinners’ stranglehold, allround efforts from Sarah Glenn and a batting implosion from West Indies helped England go 2-0 up in the five-match series at the County Ground in Derby on Wednesday (September 23).

Chasing 152, West Indies looked to be on course to get there when Deandra Dottin and Stafanie Taylor got together after the early fall of Hayley Matthews (three). Taylor crossed the 3000-T20I run mark, becoming only the second player after Suzie Bates to do so; she got it in two innings fewer than the New Zealander did.

The pair added 61 for the second wicket but fell when they just started to get into the groove. Dottin, who scored 69 in the first match, had her struggles with the sweep shot despite being strong on the cut and the hoick. She eventually failed to execute the shot against Glenn, walking back for 38.

What then ensued was a collapse of great magnitude. Taylor soon followed her partner, getting stumped off the leg-spinner in a bid to accelerate and then a similar tale was on display – no other West Indies batter entering double digits. They ended up losing their last seven wickets for just 24 runs, falling short by 47 runs.

Each of Glenn, Mady Villiers – who got a chance to roll her arm over after not doing so in the first game – and Sophie Ecclestone picked up two wickets.

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Earlier, Glenn and Brunt’s 46-run partnership for the seventh wicket helped England post a respectable total. They were rattled by the discipline of West Indies’ bowlers, who gave nothing away at the start. After her heroics in the first T20I, Tammy Beaumont perished early, trying to cart Shakera Selman over mid-on. She made only 21 off 15 balls.

Natalie Sciver had a second successive failure at no.3, getting out stumped for just eight, charging down the track and failing to read the drifter by Taylor. Danielle Wyatt was then sold down the river by Heather Knight for 14, leaving England reeling at three for 45.

Knight was then joined by Amy Jones, who looked in fine touch, hitting a four and a six in her 20-ball knock. The pair added 40 for the fourth wicket, before Knight holed out to deep mid-wicket for 17, where Britney Cooper took a good low catch.

At six for 96 at the start of the 15th over, it seemed as if the tourists would be able to restrict the hosts to a score, they could be confident of chasing. But it wasn’t to be as England managed to score 40 runs in their last three overs, thanks to some powerful strikes by Glenn and Brunt.

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Taylor got decent purchase from the track and ended with impressive figures of two for 12, while Selman also picked a couple of wickets even though she was expensive towards the end.

Brief Scores: England 151/8 in 20 overs (Sarah Glenn 26, Amy Jones 25; Stafanie Taylor 2/12, Shakera Selman 2/32) beat West Indies 104/8 in 20 overs (Deandra Dottin 38, Stafanie Taylor 28; Mady Villiers 2/10, Sophie Ecclestone 2/19, Sarah Glenn 2/24) by 47 runs. PoTM: Sarah Glenn

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