Cross and MacLeod set up rapid win
Kate Cross and Alice MacLeod shared eight wickets as the England women’s Academy made it two wins from two on their trip to India, beating Poona men’s under-19s by seven wickets.
Cross returned outstanding figures of 4-13 from five overs and MacLeod also impressed with 4-35 in 10 as the hosts, inserted by Arran Brindle, were dismissed for 142 with four of their 50 overs unused.
Cross left them seven for two, which became 16 for three, before opener Fahad Khalid and captain Sanket Tudavekar shared a 54-run stand. That ended when Khalid was run out by Helen Shipman on 24 and MacLeod soon bowled Tudavekar for 29.
MacLeod struck twice with the score on 120, firstly removing Avais Shaikh who top-scored for Poona with 33, and once more on 130 before Cross polished off the tail.
England lost Danni Wyatt, lbw to Prem Jadhav, with just two on the board but opener MacLeod and Brindle put on 60 until the former was caught and bowled by Neil Jain for 30.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Sarah Taylor then proved the value of a winter of rest by speeding to 45 from 41 balls, dominating a stand of 71, when she fell to Shaik.
Brindle eased her side to victory with 24 overs to spare, finishing on 45 from 77 deliveries.
The tourists face the same opponents in two Twenty20 contests on Wednesday.