Taylor and Morgan power England
A juggled batting order clicked for England women, who romped to victory in their second warm-up match ahead of the ICC Women’s World Cup by beating West Indies by 116 runs in Campbelltown, Sydney.
A second-wicket stand of 65 between Sarah Taylor (68) and Beth Morgan (53 not out) provided the impetus for England to make 210 for six from their 50 overs.
In reply, West Indies slumped to 94 all out in 42.2 overs, with Afy Fletcher stranded unbeaten on 24. Spinner Holly Colvin put the mockers on the Windies with 3-6 from 6.2 overs, while Laura Marsh and Anya Shrubsole took two wickets apiece.
After Charlotte Edwards won the toss and elected to bat, Caroline Atkins was unluckily run out for nine when Taylor’s drive took a deflection and ricocheted onto Atkins’ stumps.
Taylor passed fifty in the 17th over and then required treatment following a hit to the elbow. She was due to retire after the 24th over but was caught at midwicket by Stacy-Ann King off the bowling of Stefanie Taylor as she tried to play the pull shot.
Jenny Gunn (18) joined Morgan at the crease and together they added 79 to England’s tally.
When West Indies responded, Isa Guha claimed the scalp of opener Deandra Dottin in the first over, lbw for a fourth-ball duck. Shrubsole then took two quick wickets to leave West Indies reeling on 21-3.
Spinners Marsh and Colvin then sycthed through the middle-order, and despite a brave last-wicket stand of 15, West Indies were dismissed six short of 100.
England assistant coach Jack Birkenshaw said: “We experimented a little with the batting line-up – giving Tails (Claire Taylor) a rest and dropping Lottie (Edwards) down to number 8.
“It proved successful for Beth, who we promoted to number three. She played really well and got a really attractive 50 not out, which should give her confidence for the rest of the competition.
“Of the bowlers our spinners, Holly and Laura once again impressed. There was also a chance for Anya to show her potential. She bowled with good pace and showed a good slower ball which captured one of the West Indian wickets.
“Overall it was a good performance and we have to keep improving from that as the opponents get stronger.”
Colvin added: “It went really well today – it was good to win the toss and get some runs on the board mixing the order up to give others time in the middle and to show that we don’t always have to rely on Claire and Lottie.
“It was great to see Beth and Sarah set the tone for the match.
“In terms of bowling we kept it really tight – keeping our discipline and we were patient with the wickets.
“The pitch was a bit more of a turning wicket so good for spinners. I think we bowled well in partnerships, keeping the scoring rate down from both ends.”
England begin the World Cup proper with their first group game against Sri Lanka, in Canberra, on Saturday.
Australia, one of the other competition favourites, followed up their win over England last week with a 230-run thrashing of Sri Lanka in their practice game. South Africa beat Pakistan, and India triumphed over New Zealand.