CRICKET: Brunt does her bit in England revival


BARNSLEY’S Katharine Brunt helped England’s women complete a splendid comeback to win the five-match One-Day International series against India yesterday.

England suffered two surprise defeats to go 2-0 down in the series as they struggled against India’s spin-dominated attack.

However, England hit back with wins at Taunton and Truro with Brunt taking four wickets in the series-equalling fourth game.

Yesterday at the Sir Paul Getty ground at Wormsley, Brunt picked up a couple of wickets to help restrict India to 152-8 in their 50 overs.

Brunt finished with excellent figures of 2-19 from her ten overs including the wicket of top scorer Harmanpreet Kaur for 40.

England, after being 64-3, were well on course to overhaul their target at 124-4 with 14 overs left, when halted by rain.

Looking to get back in County Championship action after their successful T20 campaign, Yorkshire suffered once again with the rain, this time at the Rose Bowl.

At least skipper Phil Jaques and Hampshire captain Jimmy Adams managed to get the toss and it was Hampshire who won it and elected to field. Yorkshire included Steve Harmison in their side for his debut. The former England bowler joined the county last week on loan from Durham.

Barnsley’s Azeem Rafiq - who had been captaining the T20 side - was in the team.

However, rain throughout the day meant not a ball was bowled thus adding to Yorkshire’s rain-affected season as they seek promotion back to Division One.

It is the third in a run of five away games which continues next week when they play Derbyshire at Queens Park, Chesterfield, starting next Wednesday. The first of them, against Glamorgan at Colwyn Bay in early June, was a rain-affected draw.

England captain Andrew Strauss made 50 but his Middlesex side were bowled out for just 98 by Notts at Uxbridge.