Lauren Bell's 5-37 Leads England to ODI Series Sweep


July 04, 2024 · 1 min read

Lauren Bell's 5-37 Leads England to ODI Series Sweep
Other Sports | July 04, 2024
England completes an ODI clean sweep over New Zealand led by Lauren Bell. (Image: Getty)

Lauren Bell’s career-best bowling figures of 5-37 guided England to a five-wicket victory over New Zealand in the third ODI at Bristol. Following a rain delay, New Zealand managed 211-8 in 42 overs. England stumbled early at 33-3 but Nat Sciver and Amy Jones steadied with a crucial 90-run partnership. Sciver remained unbeaten on 76 while Jones scored a brisk 50, securing victory with 20 balls to spare. Bell, 23, played a pivotal role by dismissing key New Zealand batsmen including Sophie Devine and Amelia Kerr.

Her performance highlighted England’s strong bowling effort despite missing Sophie Ecclestone. The win sealed a clean sweep for England in the ODI series, ahead of a five-match T20 series starting in Southampton. England’s early batting struggles were countered by Sciver and Jones’ composed partnership, nullifying New Zealand’s bowling threat. Despite a drop in intensity towards the end, Alice Capsey’s valuable contribution ensured a comfortable finish for England.

Reflecting on the match, Heather Knight praised her team’s resilience and ability to adapt under pressure. Lauren Bell, named player of the match, credited mental adjustments for her performance, emphasizing a collective team effort in Ecclestone’s absence. New Zealand’s Sophie Devine acknowledged her team’s improvement in resilience ahead of the upcoming T20 series.

Overall, England showcased depth and adaptability, setting a confident tone as they transition to the T20 format after a dominant ODI series performance.