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
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