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21 February 2007 PR 07/18

Loughborough University’s Marsh’s innings not enough for England

A swashbuckling 23 not out from 22 balls by Loughborough University’s Laura Marsh was not enough to help England women to victory in their opening match of a quadrangular one-day series in India on Wednesday.

Marsh, 20, smashed three successive boundaries in her innings as she attempted to fight a rearguard action chasing India’s 231 for six in their 50 overs. The right-arm medium pace bowler, however came up just short as her fellow tail enders were dismissed around her and England were bowled out for 213.

Fellow Loughborough University 1st XI player Lydia Greenway, who has returned to the England team after averaging more than 100 in the county championship last year for Kent, was out for nine as India’s Amita Sharma and a fired-up Jhulan Goswami ran through England’s middle and lower order in the match in Chennai.

A double-strike in the 46th over by Goswami, when Claire Taylor and Isa Guha were dismissed off successive balls, left England needing 40 runs off the last four overs.

Marsh, who is in her first year of a BSc in Sports Science with management degree at the University, gave England a sniff of a victory though her cameo ended when Holly Colvin was run out for four in the 48th over.

England vice-captain Laura Newton, who is studying part time for a MSc in Sports Biomechanics at the University, made 21 in a 33-run opening stand with Caroline Atkins, who top-scored for England with 54.

Karu Jain top-scored with 77 for India as she and Jaya Sharma (61) put on 121 for the first wicket.

In the other match of the tournament, New Zealand wicketkeeper Rebecca rolls stroked a century to lift her side to a six wicket victory over Australia.

England next play New Zealand, while Australia play India. Both matches are on February 23.

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