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Cricket - 18. March 2019.

England Seal Comfortable Sri Lanka Series Win

England cruised to a straightforward six-wicket win in their second ODI against Sri Lanka and with it claimed the series.


On another flat wicket in Hambantota the bowlers produced a solid performance to restrict the hosts to 187/9 in their 50 overs and the batters did the rest, sealing the win for the loss of just four wickets.

Amy Jones was England's top-scorer, making her second half-century in as many matches, while with the ball Alex Hartley bagged three wickets.

There was 43 for Tammy Beaumont and 44 for Lauren Winfield - both of whom will have been disappointed to not make 50 - but it was a day without too many downsides for Heather Knight's side.

Since defeat in the first two ODIs of the India leg of this tour they have now won six games on the spin.

QUOTES

Amy Jones: "It wasn't easy out in the field and I think all the bowlers did really well to stick to their plans and keep the pressure on in heat like that.

"Laura Marsh got us going but every bowler kept it tight and it's not an easy wicket to bowl on. It was nice to see Alex pick up some wickets, and for our bowlers to deliver without Katherine.

"I feel in good form with the bat at the moment and I'm enjoying the fast outfields but any time you pass 50 you do want to go on and make three figures. Hopefully if I keep doing what I'm doing and working hard the rewards will come.

"It's nice to have another two points in the bag in the ICC Women's Championship and it's important to win the series, as well. We've got one more ODI in Colombo and we want to be at our best for that game too."

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