Rain frustrates England

Charlotte Edwards

Charlotte Edwards was unbeaten on 60 before rain forced the players off

Torrential rain brought a premature end to England's opening game of the summer.

With the hosts 156 for four from 42.1 overs, play was halted at Loughborough when the heavens opened forcing the players to scarper for cover. Claps of thunder did little to boost the prospects of a resumption and umpires called the game off at 3.30pm.

Earlier in the day, the exciting Sarah Taylor looked set for a big score when she raced to 26 - an innings which included four boundaries. However, with England on 36, the opener dragged a ball from Deandra Dottin back on to her stumps.

England suffered a further set-back when Vodafone Women's Player of the Year Claire Taylor was run out for just seven.

Caroline Atkins dropped anchor and with Charlotte Edwards put on 30 runs for the third wicket before the former chipped a catch to leave England three wickets down.

Lydia Greenway soon became the second run out victim - the West Indies' fielding was exceptional - but Edwards led from the front and was unbeaten on 60 from 84 balls when play was halted. Beth Morgan provided valuable support and was 17 not out as she and her captain added 53 runs.

At the start of play Isa Guha was presented with her 50th ODI cap.

The two teams will do battle again on Saturday with players on each side hoping for some decent weather.