England beat Windies to reach Super Sixes
England took full advantage of favourable bowling conditions and Merissa Aguilleira’s surprising decision to bat first, to qualify for the Women’s World Cup Super Sixes by dismissing West Indies for 101 in a six-wicket win with plenty of time to spare at Mumbai’s Bandra Kurla Complex.
Aguilleira’s choice was extraordinary given the damp early morning conditions clearly favoured seamers. Her top order could not cope with Anya Shrubsole and Katherine Brunt’s controlled swing bowling and the Windies slumped to 31 for six in the 15th over.
Kyshona Knight and Shanel Daley’s fifty partnership offered some resistance, but Arran Brindle emulated Shrubsole’s earlier double-wicket-maiden as the tail folded. Shrubsole and Brindle returned stunning figures of 4-21 and 3-0 respectively, both one-day international bests.
A concern for England was Brunt having to leave the field with a turned ankle immediately after her second wicket and captain Charlotte Edwards going off towards the end of the innings feeling unwell. That meant Edwards was not allowed to open the batting when her side had to face half an hour of their reply before the interval.
Brindle was promoted and offered steady support to the more aggressive Danni Wyatt. They steered England to 29 without loss at the break and subsequently took the score to 66 before Deandra Dottin struck twice in two balls to have Brindle caught behind for 14 and Sarah Taylor lbw.
Although Wyatt also went leg before to Subrina Munroe for an ODI-best 40 and Lydia Greenway fell likewise to Dottin, who took 3-20, England completed victory with a full 15 overs to spare.
The result represents a strong recovery from Friday’s shock opening loss to Sri Lanka, a process that began by beating hosts India on Sunday.
West Indies must now wait on the result of the day/night match between India and Sri Lanka to see if they will progress to the Super Sixes. If they and India do, England will carry four points forward. But if Sri Lanka go through, the defending champions will take just two points with them.
Earlier Brunt snared Kycia Knight and Shrubsole removed the dangerous Stafanie Taylor, who flayed 171 in the previous game; the openers were each bowled for nought inside the first two overs.
Shrubsole soon sent down her double-wicket-maiden to have Shemaine Campbelle held at square-leg and Juliana Nero lbw. Aguilleira was run out and the big-hitting Dottin caught behind off Brunt, who then left the field.
In easing batting conditions Knight and Daley rebuilt to more than double their team’s score in a 58-run stand that Brindle broke by having the former stumped for 33. She and Shrubsole quickly knocked over the tail to leave Daley unbeaten on 30 while six West Indians made ducks.
9:04am - ENGLAND WIN BY SIX WICKETS TO REACH SUPER SIXES!! - Knight, who ends unbeaten on 18, drives Smartt for four down the ground to complete a comfortable victory. West Indies must wait on the outcome of India versus Sri Lanka today to see if they will join England in the next phase.
8:55am - Knight and Gunn demonstrate impressive calm to leave 10 needed by England. Knight then commandingly pulls Dottin for four. One hit will do it now.
8:39am - WICKET! Greenway lbw Dottin; Eng 80/4 - Dottin makes a third breakthrough to peg England further back, although they require only 22 for victory with more than 20 overs left. Heather Knight and Jenny Gunn are now at the crease.
8:24am - WICKET! Wyatt lbw Munroe 40; Eng 72/3 - Wyatt pays for playing slightly across the line. However, she has laid a platform that will surely lead to victory. Heather Knight edges her first ball just short of first slip.
8:16am - WICKET! Taylor lbw Dottin 0; Eng 66/2 - Sarah Taylor is trapped in front first ball. The hat-trick delivery is a wide to Lydia Greenway, who is playing in her 100th ODI.
8:14am - WICKET! Brindle c Aguilleira b Dottin 14; Eng 66/1 - Brindle edges Dottin’s first ball behind to end a strong opening stand.
8:04am - Wyatt slog-sweeps Taylor in front of square for four and soon moves to 38, her highest one-day international score, at the ground she made her international debut on. Brindle strikes four down the ground to leave 43 required for victory.
7:59am - MISSED CHANCE - Brindle edges past slip for four off Stafanie Taylor to go to seven, in doing so bringing up England’s fifty. Brindle then opens the face to Daley and nicks through to wicketkeeper Merissa Aguilleira, who cannot hold on.
7:44am - Wyatt cuts four off the back foot but it is otherwise slow going, particularly from Brindle who has not scored a run since the break.
7:35am - Following two more maidens, Wyatt strikes Daley for four to get England going after the break. Aside from that boundary, England are taking their time.
7:25am - Play resumes after the interval with a second straight maiden, but England have plenty of time to reach their target.
6:42am - Wyatt and Brindle reach the break on 29 without loss, meaning England need 73 from 42 overs to qualify for the Super Sixes. Wyatt has 15 and Brindle two while nine runs have come via wides.
6:30am - After a brisk start, Wyatt and Brindle are building steadily in the half hour of England’s innings prior to the interval. The former reminds the Windies of her talent by emphatically pulling Subrina Munroe for four.
6:10am - Shanel Daley begins with a full-toss no-ball that Danni Wyatt smashes for four. She picks up another boundary later in the over to give England a strong start. Arran Brindle, who has her stumps disturbed from a Tremayne Smartt free-hit, is opening in place of Charlotte Edwards who was off the field feeling ill towards the end of the first innings.
West Indies Innings
5:58am - WICKET! Munroe lbw b Shrubsole 0; WI 101 all out - Shrubsole gets her fourth wicket to make Subrina Munroe the sixth batter to go for nought as Daley is left unbeaten on a gutsy 30. This has been an outstanding effort from England, who have dismissed their opponents so early they will bat before the interval. Edwards, who has been off the field for a short while, will not be able to open.
5:50am - WICKET! Smartt c Shrubsole b Brindle 0; WI 89/9 - The batting powerplay has been taken but Brindle strikes again in her second over to leave the Windies nine down.
5:43am - WICKET! Quintyne b Brindle 0; WI 89/8 - The game’s second double-wicket-maiden sees Shaquana Quintyne depart for the fourth nought of the day. Brindle’s introduction proves an inspired bowling change.
5:39am - WICKET! Knight st Taylor b Brindle 33; WI 89/7 - There is a double bowling change with Shrubsole returning and Arran Brindle being introduced. Brindle strikes with her second ball by drawing Knight, who had recently hit her first boundary, out of her ground and wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor does the rest.
5:29am - FIFTY PARTNERSHIP! - Daley lofts Colvin down the ground for four to bring up the landmark. In the context of the game this alliance could be crucial, although England remain well on top.
5:26am - MISSED CHANCE - Knight and Daley continue to build in a stand that has doubled the score since the last wicket. Edwards would no doubt love to have Brunt available but persists with Marsh and Colvin. Daley survives when Heather Knight cannot hold a sharp chance at lone slip off Marsh.
5:11am - Knight and Daley show some resistance to bring up the Windies’ fifty. After England’s opponents pick up a four in consecutive Marsh overs, Daley cover-drives Colvin for four in an over that costs 10, by far the most expensive of the innings
4:57am - Colvin continues alongside spin twin Laura Marsh. They keep West Indies tied down with Shanel Daley having joined Knight, who is now into double figures, at the wicket. The news on Brunt, who is still off the field, is she has turned her ankle, an injury she should be able to soon recover from.
4:38am - WICKET! Dottin c Taylor b Brunt 4; WI 31/6 - Charlotte Edwards brings Brunt back to bowl to the big-hitting Deandra Dottin, who smashes her first ball over midwicket for four. Later in the over Dottin edges behind but Brunt has to leave the field and Holly Colvin bowls the second half of the over.
4:30am - WICKET! Aguilleira run out 4; WI 27/5 - Laura Marsh enters the attack and another wicket soon falls. Aguilleira turns the ball to midwicket where Lydia Greenway fields excellently and relays to the bowler who comfortably runs out the skipper.
4:26am - Jenny Gunn has replaced Brunt but Shrubsole continues as England continue to limit their opponents’ progress. The Windies are 20 for four after 12 overs. Knight has been joined by captain Merissa Aguilleira, who streakily slashes the first boundary of the game through point.
4:12am - WICKET! Nero lbw b Shrubsole 0; WI 14/4 - Juliana Nero is trapped in front during a double-wicket-maiden. England, with Shrubsole and Brunt spearheading the attack, are utterly dominant.
4:10am - WICKET! Campbelle c Marsh b Shrubsole 2; WI 14/3 - Campbelle loops the ball to Laura Marsh, who claims a catch at square-leg. There is a moment’s hesitation as the onfield umpires consult over a bump-ball - there are no TV replays available - and the wicket is given.
4:02am - Shrubsole oversteps and with the subsequent free-hit knocks over the stumps of Campbelle, who of course is not out. At the end of the eighth over, West Indies are 12 for two.
3:51am - Shrubsole and Brunt send down maidens in their respective third overs, keeping West Indies on eight for two. The ball is just doing enough to tie down Shemaine Campbelle and Kyshona Knight without moving extravagantly.
3:37am - WICKET! Taylor b Shrubsole 0; WI 4/2 - Anya Shrubsole also begins with a wide but then bowls the dangerous Stafanie Taylor, who smashed 171 in the previous game, leg stump. England could barely have made a better start here.
3:31am - WICKET! Knight b Brunt 0; WI 1/1 - Katherine Brunt begins with a leg-side wide but later in the over bowls Kycia Knight through the gate to give England an ideal start.
3:25am - Before play starts there is a small presentation to mark Lydia Greenway's 100th one-day international cap. Here are the two teams in full:
England: Charlotte Edwards (captain), Danni Wyatt, Sarah Taylor, Lydia Greenway, Arran Brindle, Heather Knight, Jenny Gunn, Laura Marsh, Katherine Brunt, Holly Colvin, Anya Shrubsole.
West Indies: Merissa Aguilleira (captain), Kycia Knight, Stafanie Taylor, Shemaine Campbelle, Kyshona Knight, Deandra Dottin, Juliana Nero, Shanel Daley, Shaquana Quintyne, Tremayne Smartt, Subrina Munroe.
3:15am - West Indies captain Merissa Aguilleira has won the toss and opted to bat first, a surprising decision given the early-morning conditions will likely favour seam bowlers. Charlotte Edwards, whose side is unchanged, admitted she would have bowled first given the damp early morning conditions. The Windies have made two changes from their defeat of Sri Lanka with Tremayne Smartt and Subrina Munroe in for Anisa Mohammed and Shakera Selman.
3:10am - Good morning and welcome to ecb.co.uk's live coverage of England's last group game at the 2013 Women's World Cup. Today they face West Indies at Mumbai's Bandra Kurla Complex with the winner definitely reaching the Super Sixes. The loser could progress but that will depend on net run-rate and the outcome of the other Group A match later today between hosts India and Sri Lanka.