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Nat Sciver-Brunt's record-breaking ton hands England Women the series

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Last updated on 15 Sep 2023 | 07:22 AM
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Nat Sciver-Brunt's record-breaking ton hands England Women the series

The England all-rounder brought up her century off just 66 deliveries in what was her 100th ODI

Nat Sciver-Brunt smashed a record-breaking century on her 100th One-Day International (ODI) appearance as England thrashed Sri Lanka on Thursday (September 14). Deputising for ill captain Heather Knight, Sciver-Brunt hit England's fastest women's ODI century in just 66 balls.

After eclipsing the previous best by Charlotte Edwards off 70 balls against New Zealand in 2012, Sciver-Brunt went on to reach 120 from 74 deliveries. Her record would only have stood for a couple of minutes if Maia Bouchier had hit her 65th ball for six, but she was lbw for 95, ending a boundary-laden 193-run stand in 121 deliveries with Sciver-Brunt.

Their efforts underpinned England's score of 273 for 8 in a contest reduced to 31 overs each because of a rain-delayed start at Grace Road.

Charlie Dean took five wickets as Sri Lanka were dismissed for 112, giving England a 161-run victory and a 2-0 series success.

Despite the loss, this was a successful tour for Sri Lanka Women, as they registered a 2-1 T20 International (T20I) series victory ahead of the ODIs.

Brief scores:

England Women 273 for 8 in 31 overs (Nat Sciver-Brunt 120, Maia Bouchier 95; Kavisha Dilhari 3 for 42) beat Sri Lanka Women 112 in 24.5 overs (Hasini Perera 32, Hansima Karunaratne 15; Charlie Dean 5 for 31) by 161 runs (DLS)

Player of the match: Nat Sciver-Brunt

Player of the series: Lauren Filer

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