Edwards And Greenway Lead England To Victory

Edwards And Greenway Lead England To Victory
Edwards And Greenway Lead England To Victory
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England Women 205-4 (Greenway 51no, Edwards 51) beat
India Women 202-9 (Raut 52) by six wickets
Quadrangular One-Day International Series, Derby

Half-centuries from Charlotte Edwards and Lydia Greenway helped England clinch a six-wicket win over India in their opening match of the Women's Quadrangular One-Day International series in Derby.

Both players scored 51 with Greenway unbeaten when the winning runs were hit as England closed on 205 for four, overhauling India's 202 for nine with more than four overs in hand.

Although plenty of Indian players got themselves in, none could show the acceleration needed to put the game beyond England. Opener Poonam Raut used up 117 balls for her 52, although she had to rebuild the innings following the dismissals of Anagha Deshpande and Mithali Raj without scoring.

Harmanpreet Kaur offered support with 41 in 70 balls and Veda Krishnamurthy put bat to ball effectively to make 51 in 57 balls before India's innings fell away and they came close to being bowled out as Katherine Brunt and Holly Colvin both bagged a brace of wickets.

England also had to recover from losing an opener without scoring when Heather Knight was bowled by Jhulan Goswami and they were forced to rebuild further when Danielle Wyatt (10) was trapped in front by Amita Sharma.

The experience of Edwards and Claire Taylor (41) revived the innings with a 57-run partnership for the third wicket which was broken when Edwards was stumped off the bowling of Gouher Sultana.

Taylor, who passed 4000 ODI runs during her innings, then put on 52 for the fourth wicket with Greenway and her run out was not going to deny England victory, Sarah Taylor finishing things off with a flourish by hitting a brisk 33 not out in 29 balls.

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