Surrey Women player and England vice-captain Nat Sciver hit 108 from 101 balls as England thrashed Bangladesh by 109 runs in a warm-up fixture for the upcoming Women’s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand.
Sciver, batting at four, came to the crease with England at 100/2 in the 17th over and hit nine fours on her way to her third ODI century before she was eventually bowled with her team on 299/7.
She also had a real impact with the ball, claiming the wickets of opener Shamima Sultana & middle order batter Fargana Hoque with final figures of 2/12 from seven overs. Bangladesh were eventually all out for 201 with two balls of their innings unused.
There were contrasting fortunes with the bat for Sciver’s Surrey Women teammate Sophia Dunkley, who was caught first ball. She did claim a wicket with her leg spin, removing Sobhana Mostary, and ended with figures of 1/22 from four overs.
The World Cup begins this Friday with England’s first fixture coming on Saturday against Australia in Hamilton. This is the first 50 over Women’s Cricket World Cup since England’s unforgettable win on home soil in 2017, when Sciver was named 12th Player in the Team of the Tournament.