Doddaballapur, Loch shine as Germany complete 5-0 sweep against France
Clinical performances from Anuradha Doddaballapur and Bianca Loch helped Germany complete and five-nil sweep against France on Saturday (July 10). Germany skipper Doddaballapur was the player of the series.
After winning the toss, France opted to bat first in the fourth T20I. They lost Alix Brodin early. The other opener, Tara Britton, fell shortly after. France were reduced to 21 for two. Joined by Poppy McGeown, Jennifer King tried to build a partnership and revive the innings.
Together, they added 63 runs before King got run out in the final ball of the innings after scoring 33 runs from 46 balls. McGeown made unbeaten 24 runs from 32 balls, taking France 84 for three in 20 overs.
Chasing four runs per over, the hosts lost Sharanya Sadarangani to Marie Emmanuelle Violleau. However, Christina Gough and Doddaballapur struck and partnership and helped the team get across the line. Gough scored 30 runs from 38 balls, and the skipper made a 32-ball 29. Germany won the match by nine wickets.
In the final match of the series, the hosts opted to bat first. Violleau struck early, getting rid of Gough for nought. With Doddaballapur getting out shortly after, Anna Healey and Janet Ronalds tried to build a partnership. Healy scored 22 runs from 23 balls, and Ronalds made a 30-ball 25.
Bianca Loch’s quickfire 21 from14 balls helped Germany finish with 103 runs with six wickets. Thea Graham and McGeown took two wickets each, giving away 40 and 11 runs, respectively.
Briton and Brodin got France off to a steady start, adding 31 runs in 35 balls. The latter was the first to fall as she was run out by Sadarangani after scoring a run-a-ball 20. Sadarangani dismissed Briton and King shortly after.
Loch ran through the France middle order, taking three wickets for 16 runs. France scrapped their way to 68 for nine at the end of 20 overs. Germany won the match by 34 runs, sealing the series 5-0.
Fourth T20I: France – 84/3 in 20 overs (Jennifer King 33, Christina Gough 1/7) lost to Germany – 85/1 in 13.2 overs (Christina Gough 30, Marie Violleau 1/14) by nine wickets
Fifth T20I: Germany – 103/6 in 20 overs (Janet Ronalds 25, Poppy McGeown 2/11) beat France – 68/9 in 20 overs (Alix Brodin 20, Bianca Loch 3/16) by 34 runs