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England Women seal series win in Sri Lanka with five-wicket victory in third ODI

They will look to complete a series whitewash in the fourth and final match on Thursday.

CRICKET 15/11/16 13:26
England Women seal series win in Sri Lanka with five-wicket victory in third ODI

Tammy Beaumont smashed 78 off 79 balls to fire England Women to victory over Sri Lanka and into an unassailable 3-0 lead in the one-day international series.

Beaumont hit seven fours and three sixes in Colombo as England chased down Sri Lanka’s target of 161 to record a five-wicket win with one match left to play in the four-game series.

Earlier England’s bowling trio of Laura Marsh, Alex Hartley and stand-in captain Danielle Hazell took two wickets each as no Sri Lanka player more than 30.

Beaumont and Lauren Winfield (21) gave England’s reply a solid start and they never looked back as Beaumont lasted all but the last five balls of the innings, with Fran Wilson adding a valuable 30.

When victory was confirmed with 20 overs left, Amy Jones (one) and Georgia Elwiss (five) were left unbeaten at the crease.

England will look to complete a series whitewash in the fourth and final match on Thursday.

They secured qualification for the 2017 Women’s World Cup when they took a 2-0 lead on Saturday.