Captain Heather Knight becomes first English cricketer to score a century in Test, ODI and Twenty20 matches
- Knight smashed 108 off 69 balls to propel her side to 176 for two in 20 overs
- Surprise qualifiers Thailand could only make 78 for seven in reply on Wednesday
- The 98-run win got their campaign back on track after defeat by South Africa
Heather Knight became the first English player, male or female, to make hundreds in Test, one-day international and Twenty20 cricket on Wednesday when she powered England to an emphatic World Cup victory over Thailand.
The England captain’s 108 off 69 balls propelled her side to 176 for two in their second group game in Canberra despite the loss of openers Amy Jones and Danni Wyatt for ducks. The 169 Knight put on with Nat Sciver was the highest partnership in women’s Twenty20 cricket for England.
Surprise qualifiers Thailand could only make 78 for seven in reply, with Anya Shrubsole taking three for 21, handing England a 98-run win that gets their campaign back on track after defeat by South Africa.
Captain Heather Knight powered England to an emphatic World Cup victory over Thailand
Pakistan then upset West Indies on Wednesday, throwing Group B wide open and leaving England needing to beat both sides in their remaining matches to be sure of reaching the semi-finals.
Meanwhile, England paceman Stuart Broad has signed a new two-year contract at Nottinghamshire.
Nottingham-born Broad, 33, England’s second highest Test wicket-taker with 485, has spent 12 seasons at Trent Bridge. He said: ‘I certainly can’t envisage playing for any other county.’
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