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Sport Capsey guides England to win over SL

02:21  31 july  2022
02:21  31 july  2022 Source:   aap.com.au

Teenage duo star as England notch six-wicket win over Sri Lanka

  Teenage duo star as England notch six-wicket win over Sri Lanka Remarkably, 17-year-old Alice Capsey was born in the same month her team-mate Katherine Brunt made her England debut and it was the 37-year-old who got the hosts off to a fine start. England lost the toss but Brunt, who was awarded a special cap before the game by Isa Guha for her 100th T20I appearance, struck with the first delivery of the match with a skidding delivery that trapped Vishmi Gunaratne plumb.Brunt revealed earlier in the week that she had considered retiring from all formats at various points over the year before retiring from Test cricket in June.

Alice Capsey defied a black eye to anchor England's pursuit of 107 as the hosts marked their first ever foray into cricket at the Commonwealth Games with a five-wicket win over Sri Lanka.

South Africa will be England's next opponents in the Commonwealth Games T20 competition. © AP PHOTO South Africa will be England's next opponents in the Commonwealth Games T20 competition.

England slipped to 4-63 for four on a tricky Edgbaston surface, where timing proved difficult, but Capsey was a reassuring presence despite the 17-year-old only making her international debut last Saturday.

Sporting a shiner having top-edged a ball into her face while warming up in the nets, Capsey shrugged off the issue to top-score with 44 off 45 balls as England overhauled their target after 17.1 overs.

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Capsey was stumped attempting to hit the winning runs but Maia Bouchier did so off the very next delivery to finish on 21 not out as England made an ideal start to their Group B campaign.

While Capsey, one of seven England players aged 24 or under, has already developed a reputation for her big-hitting, the teenager showed her maturity by finding the gaps and milking Sri Lanka's coterie of spinners for ones and twos alongside Bouchier, who was a capable foil in a crucial 42-run stand.

Nat Sciver, deputising as England captain in the absence of the injured Heather Knight, said: "Alice is very stubborn.


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"She got hit in the face and other people might not have wanted to continue, it's hard to get her off the pitch.

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"I've not seen an innings like that from her. We've seen a very explosive sign of her batting but she was very calm and collected here."

Cricket is back at the Games after 24 years and while a men's 50-over tournament was held in Kuala Lumpur, this event in Birmingham which started on Friday is Twenty20 and exclusively for women, with England participating for the first time having declined to send a team to Malaysia in 1998.

They had a fraught couple of hours in the build-up to their tournament opener with their kit bags arriving late but they made a terrific start as Katherine Brunt celebrated her 100th T20 by trapping opener Vishmi Gunaratne in front with the first ball of the match after Sri Lanka had won the toss.

Sri Lanka, the lowest of the seven ranked teams at the Games, lost wickets at regular intervals which undermined their hopes as they posted 9-106, with Sophie Ecclestone justifying her status as the world's top-ranked bowler - in both one-day internationals and T20s - by taking 3-25.

Issy Wong showed off her turn of pace in a double-wicket maiden on her home ground while Freya Kemp, 17, took 2-14 as England restricted Sri Lanka to what looked an under-par score.

England had to overcome a few nervy moments with the bat and their situation might have become more problematic had Gunaratne held on to a low chance at short fine leg after Capsey had top-edged a sweep on 17.

England next take on South Africa, who suffered a 13-run defeat against New Zealand earlier in the day.

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