July 10, 2002

Clare Taylor reaches century of wickets as England beat India

Andrea Wiggins

Clare Taylor MBE, England women's most experienced bowler and World Cup winner, has today become the first English woman to take 100 wickets in her test and one-day international career.

She joins only one other female cricketers to achieve the feat, the Australian pace bowler Cathryn Fitzpatrick.

Clare dismissed the India captain Anjum Chopra for just six runs as England beat India by six wickets at the Grainville Ground, Jersey, having restricted India to just 59 runs, their lowest total against England.

Clare, who was awarded the MBE in 2000 for her services to women's sport, made her England debut in 1988 and was a member of the World Cup winning England team in 1993. She was made a Sport England Ambassador in 1999 and promotes sport and a healthy lifestyle to young people in Yorkshire.

Clare is a double England international, playing for England in the 1995 Women's Football World Cup, and at domestic level for Liverpool F.C. and has helped her county Yorkshire win the Frizzell County Championship ten times in the past eleven years.

Speaking from Jersey, where England are currently playing the first leg of the Women's One-Day international series against New Zealand and India, Clare said "I've had a fantastic career with England over the past ten years, and I'm looking forward to taking more wickets this summer".

Debutant Isa Guha took two wickets opening the bowling for England on her debut, and fellow teenager Laura Harper was Player of the Match taking 4-11.

India face World Champions New Zealand in tomorrow's match, with England playing New Zealand on Friday to complete the first leg of the one-day international series in Jersey. The teams then move on to Durham for the final three games and the final on Saturday 20th July at Chester-le-Street.