England Women were too powerful for West Indies in opening ODI

England's Katherine Brunt celebrates taking the wicket of West Indies' Hayley Matthews
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England Women were too powerful for West Indies in the opening match of the Royal London ODI series, winning by 208 runs to make it 11 consecutive all-format wins.

Match Summary

England Women 318 - 9 (Amy Jones 91, Heather Knight 94; Hayley Matthews 4-57)

West Indies Women 110 (Sophie Ecclestone 3-30, Laura Marsh 3-30, Katherine Blunt 2-6)

Result - England Women won by 208 runs

It represents England's joint-fourth best run of victories and a perfect start to the summer. Captain Heather Knight (94) and Player of the Match Amy Jones (91) led the charge with the bat, while Sophie Ecclestone (3-30) was the pick of the bowlers.

West Indies will perhaps be disappointed with their performance in the field but England were ruthless throughout their 50 overs, Jones dispatching a first-ball six over fine-leg and No.11 Ecclestone book-ending England's total with a last-ball maximum over cow corner.

It takes England to 20 points in the ICC Women's Championship table. Wins in the second and third ODI, at Worcester and Essex respectively, would all-but guarantee their qualification for the 2021 ICC Women's World Cup in New Zealand as well as maintaining their impressive winning streak.

 

Heather Knight spoke after the match

"It was a brilliant start from the team. I was really pleased to see us pass 300 again.

“Amy was terrific at the top of the innings, it’s great to see her continue her good form.

“There’s probably a couple of areas we could sharpen up in the field, but Sophie Ecclestone and Laura Marsh were consistently threatening.

“Katherine set the tone up top again and we look forward to taking this performance on to Worcester.”

 

England Women - Tammy Beaumont, Amy Jones, Sarah Taylor(wk), Natalie Sciver, Heather Knight(c), Katherine Brunt, Danni Wyatt, Kate Cross, Anya Shrubsole, Sophie Ecclestone, Laura Marsh

West Indies Women - Hayley Matthews, Kycia Knight(wk), Shemaine Campbelle, Stafanie Taylor(c), Kyshona Knight, Chedean Nation, Stacy-Ann King, Afy Fletcher, Chinelle Henry, Shakera Selman, Shamilia Connell

ROYAL LONDON WOMEN'S ODI SERIES

Sunday June 9: England v West Indies (Blackfinch New Road, Worcester)

Thursday June 13: England v West Indies (CloudFM County Ground, Chelmsford)

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