Women off to a fine start

Isa Guha

Isa Guha took two wickets in consecutive overs to leave New South Wales reeling

England women smashed their way to victory in their first warm-up game as they overcame the New South Wales Breakers by six wickets.

The hosts made 99 in 39.4 overs, to leave England with a reasonable total to reach - which they did with 22 overs to spare, to give their World Cup hopes another boost.

Sarah (31 retired) and Claire Taylor (34 not out) were England's chief contributors with the bat, with the latter seeing them to their target alongside Lydia Greenway.

On an overcast morning at the Alan Davidson Oval, NSW won the toss and elected to bat on a reasonably-paced wicket, with England using the game as an opportunity to give all their players some time out in the middle.

Katherine Brunt and Isa Guha opened the bowling for England and bowled tightly for their first couple of overs before Brunt claimed the first victim of the day when she took a catch off her own bowling to dismiss Laura Wright for six.

Kate Blackwell joined opener Sarah Coyte at the crease and was dropped by wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor off her first ball.

Guha then made inroads into the NSW line-up as she took two wickets in consecutive overs. She bowled Coyte for two and then caught Blackwell off her own bowling for one to leave the hosts struggling on nine for three.

After their bowling spells, Guha and Brunt left the field to be replaced by Caroline Atkins and Ebony Rainford-Brent while Sarah Taylor gave up her gloves to England newcomer Lauren Griffiths.

Sarah Taylor later replaced Claire Taylor in the field.

Holly Colvin

Holly Colvin's two wickets in two deliveries placed her on a hat-trick, which was survived

Alisse Healy and Corinne Hall continued in the middle for New South Wales and put on 36 before Laura Marsh had Healy caught by Holly Colvin off a full toss for 17.

Healy was replaced in the middle by Sarah Aley but she failed to score and was soon heading back to the pavilion after Colvin took another catch, this time off Shaw's bowling.

Colvin made an almost immediate impact taking a catch off her own bowling to dismiss new batsman Sam Hall for 22 in her second over, and then had Sarah Hungerford trapped lbw first ball.

Charlotte Anevelde made her way out to the middle to face the hat-trick ball and survived.

However, Jenny Gunn rattled through the tail to dismiss the remaining three batsmen and bowl NSW out in 38.4 overs.

In reply, England got off to a great start with openers Sarah Taylor and Atkins (19) putting on 59 before they retired to make way for Claire Taylor, the number one batsman in the world, and captain Charlotte Edwards.

Edwards was trapped lbw by Reakes for nought while Taylor saw England through to the end, posting 34 not out, including one six.

Edwards was replaced by Rainford-Brent, who made five before being caught by Healy off the bowling of Reakes.

With England 68 for four, Greenway headed to the middle to join Claire Taylor and together they posted the required runs to ease England home.

Edwards said: "It was a great start to the tour for us and good to see some individuals put in some decent performances ahead of our next challenge. The girls have acclimatised well and we'll look to continue to work on that as we head closer to the start of the World Cup next week."

Head coach Mark Lane added: "We put in a sound performance today with plenty of positives. It was good to see the girls back playing on grass as opposed to indoor nets and we look forward to improving when we play the Australians on Monday in our first official warm-up game."