KEEPING LORD'S WORLD CLASS
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England Women completed a superb turnaround to beat India 3-2 in their ODI series - after starting with two consecutive defeats.
The hosts won the final match of the series at Wormsley Cricket Club by 29 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis method to secure a hard fought win.
MCC Young Cricketer and Loughborough MCC Universities product Georgia Elwiss took career best figures of 3/17 in her ninth ODI as England reduced their opponents to 2/3 in seam friendly conditions.
However, as has been the case for much of the series, India showed excellent resilience with the bat, with Harmanpreet Kaur (40) and Reema Halotra (36*) helping them to a reasonable 152 from their 50 overs.
It was a target well within the reaches of England's strong batting line-up, but the extra pressure of playing for the series win made it a nervy chase.
Lydia Greenway played a gritty knock of 37 not out though, before rain came after 36 overs with England comfortably ahead on the D/L method.
The series has been a breakthrough one for player-of-the-match Elwiss, who had her first call-up to the England squad in 2011.
The 21-year-old from Wolverhampton was also named player-of-the-series, after finishing with six wickets at 14.83 in the five matches. Her economy rate was magnificent throughout, going at fewer than two runs per-over and conceding more than 20 in her spell only once.
England Women now turn their attentions to the ICC World T20, run at the same time as the men's event in Sri Lanka this Autumn.
Their preparations continue in September, when Pakistan and the West Indies are the visitors for seven T20 Internationals, as England ready themselves for an assault on the title they lost in the West Indies in 2010.