Glenn gives glimpse of Eng­land’s fu­ture by set­ting up vic­tory

Emerg­ing ta­lent ex­cels with bat and ball in just her 12th T20 Hosts can seal series tri­umph over West Indies on Satur­day

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport / Cricket - By Is­abelle West­bury at Derby

It is time to re­place the record player be­cause this one is bro­ken. Eng­land have played West Indies three times this year and, af­ter last night’s ef­fort, have beaten the tourists in sim­i­lar fash­ion on each oc­ca­sion, notch­ing up a 46, 47 and now another 47-run win.

Float it up and pace off was the or­der of the evening as Eng­land’s three spin­ners, Mady Vil­liers, Sarah Glenn and Sophie Ec­cle­stone picked up six wick­ets be­tween them.

Un­less you have got the pin­point ac­cu­racy of the fiery opener Kather­ine Brunt, once again go­ing at un­der three per over, slow and steady was al­ways the best op­tion.

It worked for West Indies, too. Afy Fletcher, the leg-spin­ner, was the first to show signs of turn and, on oc­ca­sion, get­ting the ball to stick in the turf. She kept on con­fi­dently waft­ing it up and, in the 14th over, she was re­warded with cap­tain Heather Knight’s wicket for 17 and just one run con­ceded.

When Fran Wil­son fell the fol­low­ing over, neatly stumped by She­maine Camp­belle for just four, Eng­land were, we thought, reel­ing on 96 for six. So when West Indies cap­tain Stafanie Tay­lor, her own off­spin re­turn­ing two wick­ets for 12 runs, turned not to the slower, ti­dier seam of Chinelle Henry to round off Eng­land’s in­nings but to the faster, more way­ward, Shamilia Con­nell, you wouldd be re­miss not to won­der why. Al­ready hav­ing con­ceded 18 from two overs, West Indies’ penul­ti­mate was dis­as­trous, pelted for 19.

On Wil­son’s dis­missal, the tourists would have been eye­ing up an Eng­land total un­der 130 and a real chance of suc­cess, but they did not ac­count for the per­for­mance of Glenn.

In just her 12th T20I, the 21-yearold showed that with youth can some­times come fewer in­hi­bi­tions, and Glenn does not ap­pear to have any. She swiv­elled and struck 26 from 19 and we got a quick glimpse, per­haps, into Eng­land’s fu­ture as she and Ec­cle­stone took Eng­land be­yond 150.

“It’s quite spe­cial – this is the ground I grew up play­ing on,” said Glenn, who was born and bred in Derby. “I’ve been want­ing to work my way up the or­der, so it felt like quite a spe­cial mo­ment to get some runs in an Eng­land shirt. I want to be seen as a gen­uine all-rounder.”

Brav­ery is not only a bat­ting re­quire­ment, as far as Glenn is con­cerned, ei­ther. “It’s pretty hard to bowl at these bat­ters — you can end up go­ing for a few runs,” con­ceded Glenn. “You’ve just to got to try and fig­ure out a way. I think I’ve got to keep be­ing brave and trust­ing my game for it to pay off.”

Worse for West Indies, Eng­land did not even play that well. De­an­dra Dot­tin once again top-scored for the match, with 38, as no Eng­land player sur­passed Glenn’s total and the field­ing, on a cold au­tum­nal evening, looked hard on the hands.

“We got off to a de­cent start, then they came back,” said a de­spon­dent

Tay­lor. “We were on tar­get for restrict­ing them to un­der 145, or 135, which would’ve been good. The bat­ters didn’t come to the party and we need to im­prove in that area. It just can’t be one player.”

West Indies will look for any pos­i­tives, and Camp­belle’s four stump­ings in two games was one.

Last night Nat Sciver, look­ing pow­er­ful at the crease, made one de­ci­sive step too many and Camp­belle whipped off the bails. A couple of balls later Danni Wy­att, whip­petquick be­tween the wick­ets, could not beat the smooth, sin­gu­lar ac­tion of Camp­belle as she col­lected the throw from the deep and Eng­land’s in­nings had stut­tered.

If only Camp­belle had the rest of her team to sup­port her.

On the front foot: Cap­tain Heather Knight hits out dur­ing Eng­land’s in­nings last night

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