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Ecclestone reaches landmark in opening ODI

Ecclestone reaches landmark in opening ODI

Lancashire and Thunder's left-arm spinner passed 100 international wickets as England Women cruised to victory in New Zealand on Tuesday

Sophie Ecclestone claimed her 100th international wicket - aged just 21 - as England thumped New Zealand by eight wickets in the first ODI in Christchurch. 

England, playing in their first ODI for over a year, lost the toss and were asked to bowl first but skittled out the hosts for 178 in just 45.1 overs. 

Ecclestone burst into life in the 37th - and her ninth over - trapping Frances Mackay and then Hannah Rowe LBW in successive deliveries to bring up her 100th and 101st international wickets. 

Since making her England debut aged just 17, Ecclestone has claimed 39 ODI and six Test match wickets but she has shone particularly in IT20 cricket, taking 56 wickets, and is currently ranked as the World's No.1 bowler in the shortest format. 

England's batters went on to wrap up a convincing victory, with 16 overs to spare, courtesy of half-centuries by Tammy Beaumont (71) and skipper Heather Knight (67*).

Ecclestone and England are back in action for the second ODI on Thursday evening (10pm UK) live on BT Sport Cricket. 

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