Tourists triumph in style
England Women moved 1-0 ahead in the one-day international series by easing to a seven-wicket win over West Indies in the second of three matches.
Kate Cross, bowling for the first time in ODIs, led the way with 4-51 as the hosts struggled after losing the toss in a meeting that was all the more crucial following a washout in the first game.
Holly Colvin did the damage thereafter by claiming 2-7 from 10 overs as West Indies were dismissed for 126.
That total proved no challenge for England as Sarah Taylor hit an unbeaten 55 in a comfortable triumph.
It was Cross who did the early damage, passing the bat with the first ball of the innings and never looking back.
The hosts, admittedly, did not help themselves, although the scalps of Kycia Knight, June Ogle, Stafanie Taylor and Merissa Aguilleira were deserved reward for her efforts.
Deandra Dottin, who played with typical impetus, and Shemaine Campbelle at least showed some signs of a response, albeit without contributing significantly.
However, a fine England display was summed up by Colvin, whose economy rate was remarkable over 60 deliveries.
Ultimately, she was one of only two bowlers to send down their full complement as West Indies were bowled out in 38 overs despite Shaquana Quintyne’s 42.
England lost Charlotte Edwards, trapped lbw by Subrina Munroe, cheaply yet Lauren Winfield and Taylor quickly put paid to fears of a difficult chase.
The former chipped in with 31 while Lydia Greenway’s 20 aided Taylor, who easily saw England to victory.
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