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Ecclestone tops T20I charts

Ecclestone tops T20I charts

Semi-final heartbreak for England but Sophie Ecclestone tops ICC world rankings

England suffered T20 World Cup heartbreak as they were eliminated at the semi-final stages without a ball being bowled in Sydney on Thursday. 

Heavy rain meant no play was possible at the SCG, and with no reserve day in place, India advanced to the final after finishing top of Group A while England, who came second in Group B, were knocked out.

It left Lancashire's Sophie Ecclestone without the opportunity to add to her outstanding numbers in the tournament, after taking eight wickets at an average of just 6.12 - and adding further records to her growing CV. 

The 20-year-old became the youngest woman to take 50 T20I wickets when she claimed 3-7 during England's 46-run group stage victory over West Indies which sealed qualification to the semi-final. 

Ecclestone had previously taken 2-19 against South Africa, 1-11 against Thailand and 2-12 against Pakistan, to become second-highest wicket-taker in the tournament, with eight in four matches, at an average of 6.12 and economy rate of 3.23. 

Those performances have also catapulted the left-arm spinner into the number one spot in the ICC T20I bowling rankings, the first England bowler since Anya Shrubsole in April 2016, and the first England spinner at the top since Danielle Hazell in August 2015.

Ecclestone and England return to the UK this weekend ahead of a busy summer of county action, The Hundred and England's home series' with India and South Africa.  

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