Series: France in Germany July 2021
Result: Germany by 9 wickets
Much Improved France Still Falls Short
A much more positive performance from France in the fourth T20 International against Germany but the result was the same, victory for the Golden Eagles by nine wickets.
Emmanuelle Brelivet won the toss for France and elected to bat. It was slow going for the opening batters. Alix Brodin made a 14 ball duck, while Tara Britton was a little more productive with 11 runs from 28 deliveries. Germany’s Bianca Maes Loch (1-12) bowled tight lengths and was rewarded with the wicket of Brodin, bowling her entire allotment in one spell.
Once those two were dismissed the innings took on a rather more swift pace. Jennifer King (33) broke the shackles with a boundary, while Poppy McGeown (24*) played an entertaining knock, chancy yes, but it was just the ticket to get France to a reasonable score. King was runout on the final delivery and France finished with 84/3, their best effort in the series to date.
Sharanya Sadarangani (4) was given the opportunity to open the batting didn’t last long, caught by Thea Graham who plucked the ball out of the air at point from the bowling of Marie Violleau. It proved to be the only wicket to fall. Tina Gough (30*) always patient and steady but gives the ball a real spank when she chooses. Captain Anu Doddaballapur (29*) also enjoyed an extended time at the crease and her back to back boundaries in the final over of the Power Play gave the innings real momentum. A key feature of the batting was the sharp running between the wickets, one of the many basics of the game the Germans do so well.
Victory for the home side by nine wickets. Germany now leads the series 4-0 and have won thirteen consecutive matches. Will it be fourteen after game five?.
France 84/3 (Jennifer King 33, Poppy McGeown 24*, Tina Gough 1-7) 20 overs
Germany 85/1 (Tina Gough 30*, Anu Doddaballapur 29*) 13.2 overs
Player of the Match: Jennifer King