Women’s World Cup: Sciver shines as England beat Bangladesh in warm-up match

Nat Sciver scored a compound century as England beat Bangladesh by 109 runs in their first warm-up match for the 2022 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup. Lincoln Green was where Sciver crashed out 108 on 101 balls to set Bangladesh a towering target of 311 as they prepare for their first 50+ World Cup.

Sharmin Akhter was defiant with 81 from 137 but Bangladesh were still behind the pace as they finished on 201 just as Sciver was also England’s leading bowler with two for 12. Lauren Winfield-Hill and Tammy Beaumont put 81 for the first wicket. before Beaumont had to leave as Winfield-Hill made 55 of 43 before being given lbw with England on 100 for two.

Her dismissal brought Nat Sciver to the crease and she and Heather Knight set about rebuilding, Knight made 27 before being knocked down by a jubilant Lata Mondal. Danni Wyatt and Sophia Dunkley were successively delivered by Nahida Akter, who was Bangladesh’s top bowler, finishing with three for 49.

Emma Lamb survived the hat-trick ball and was on hand to congratulate Sciver as she passed her 97-ball century. Lamb made a useful 28 appearance as England finished on 310 for nine, setting Bangladesh a target of 100 points more than they had ever scored in the ODIs.

Tash Farrant was forced off due to illness in her third game, but Freya Davies and Sciver were on hand to reduce Bangladesh to 54 for three in the 15th, with Fargana Hoque falling for a duck as Sciver’s second victim. Farrant was joined off the field by Sophie Ecclestone who was unused throughout the match as a precaution due to a slight calf problem and with Katherine Brunt and Anya Shrubsole rested other bowlers had a chance.

Dunkley took his own by dismissing Sobhana Mostary lbw, while Kate Cross was his usual economic self en route to one for 22 from seven overs. Sharmin Akhter was the shining light for Bangladesh but was exhausted on 81 four-balls before the finish, Knight got the final wicket as England beat Bangladesh for 201 to claim a comfortable win. (ANI)

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