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Nat Sciver completes seamless comeback as England sweep series 3-0

England 256 (Sciver 85, Selman 3-29, Matthews 3-56) beat West Indies 105 (Matthews 28, Ecclestone 3-9, Sciver 2-16) by 151 runs

Nat Sciver was within the runs – once more – and the wickets as England wrapped up a 3-0 sweep of their ODI sequence with West Indies in Antigua.

Sciver, the participant of the match and the sequence, scored her second half-century in three video games since making her comeback on this tour from a three-month psychological well being break, setting a report for most ODI runs by an Englishwoman in a calendar 12 months within the course of.

Her 85 off 69 balls to regular England from 84 for 4 took her to 833 ODI runs for 2022 and previous Claire Taylor’s 2005 mark of 807 regardless of lacking the three matches in opposition to India in September. It adopted her 96-ball 90 within the first match in opposition to West Indies, which marked her return to motion.

Sciver additionally took two vital wickets in a superb bowling efficiency by England on Friday, led by Sophie Ecclestone‘s miserly three-wicket haul, as West Indies collapsed to 105 in pursuit of 257.

For the second match in a row, the hosts didn’t capitalise after bowling England out inside their 50-over allocation they usually have now gone 11 ODI innings with out reaching 200.

Apart from captain Hayley Matthews, who had given her facet an opportunity by claiming the wickets of Sciver, Danni Wyatt and Charlie Dean as England have been bowled out for 256 in 43.3 overs, West Indies’ batting efficiency was poor, with nobody else passing 13.

Even Matthews’ 28 from 39 fell properly brief, however she began properly sufficient with some beautiful extra-cover drives early on off Freya Davies, within the facet for Lauren Bell who was rested following her essential four-wicket haul in Tuesday’s second match.

Matthews fell to an excellent one-handed catch by Ecclestone, launching herself to her proper at slip to pluck the ball from the air off Kate Cross and put West Indies at 40 for 1 within the eleventh over.

Cross was extraordinarily economical with 1 for 14 from her seven overs, however left-arm spinner Ecclestone was next-level in that division with 48 dot balls in her 9 overs, which yielded three wickets for simply 9 runs. Offspinner Dean was additionally frugal with 40 dot balls in eight overs and 1 for 16.

West Indies’ run fee nosedived Matthews’ dismissal. Sciver had Kycia Knight caught by Tammy Beaumont and pinned Rashada Williams, who had scored an unbeaten half-century within the second match, lbw both facet of Dean’s removing of Aaliyah Alleyne, stumped for 8 as West Indies misplaced 3 for 0 within the house of 10 balls.

Ecclestone then had two in an over when she eliminated Chedean Nation for a laboured 10 off 30 balls and Chinelle Henry, each lbw, to make it 91 for 7 on the finish of the thirty second over. From there, the tail fell away and with Shakera Selman unable to bat due to harm, the house facet posted their worst whole of the sequence.

Earlier, Kaysia Schultz, the left-arm orthodox spinner on debut, had claimed the wickets of opener Emma Lamb, ending a 63-run opening stand with Beaumont, and No. 3 Sophia Dunkley earlier than Sciver and Danni Wyatt steadied England with an 80-run partnership for the fifth wicket.

Sciver clipped a fuller ball from Cherry-Ann Fraser to the boundary by means of backward sq. leg to convey up her twentieth ODI fifty. But Matthews introduced herself again into the assault within the twenty eighth over and she or he prised out two key wickets, tossing one up as Wyatt superior and was stumped earlier than her full, flighted supply slid underneath Sciver’s tried slog-sweep and clattered into leg stump.

Selman had bowled Beaumont as England went from 63 for 0 to 65 for two and she or he grabbed her second when she trapped Ecclestone lbw and England wobbled once more at 218 for 7.

Matthews enticed Dean with a well-flighted supply that resulted in a return catch and, after Cross fell to Selman’s yorker, Henry – who had seen probabilities go down off Wyatt and Amy Jones – had Davies caught by Shemaine Campbelle at cowl level.

That left Amy Jones, standing for resting captain Heather Knight as she returns from hip surgical procedure, stranded on 32 off 31 balls following her spectacular 70 not out within the second recreation.

Jon Lewis, England’s new head coach, now has three wins from as many video games in cost and each Jones and Sciver spoke positively in regards to the extra aggressive strategy he has tried to instil within the facet since taking up from Lisa Keightley late final month.

“We’re committing to a style of play and we’re fully backed,” Jones informed BT Sport. “Whilst it’s not going to come off every time, we’ve made three pretty decent scores in this series anyway, so it’s definitely a good thing for us going forward. It’s something we’re going to commit to for sure.”

Sciver added: “I’m feeling really good about being back and really positive about being back with this team and with a new coach who’s really helped us to see a different way of playing.”

Matthews was in little question that her facet’s batting had continued to allow them to down, having posted totals of 165 and 118 within the first two matches, each of which England received by 142 runs.

“Any time you come into an ODI series and the top score is 160 you’re probably missing out a bit with the bat,” Matthews stated. “It’s definitely an area that we need to pay more attention to, find a way to score more runs on the whole, hopefully we can do that in the T20 series coming up. This series was disappointing but as a team I reckon we’ll learn from it a whole lot and hopefully we can take some of those learnings into the series we have coming up.”

The sides play the primary of 5 T20Is on Sunday in Antigua earlier than shifting on to Barbados for the remaining 4.

Valkerie Baynes is a basic editor at ESPNcricinfo

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