Cricket: England's World Cup campaign is up and running
ENGLAND'S women picked up the first win of their World Cup campaign with a 32-run victory over India yesterday.
Charlotte Edwards' side had made a disastrous start to the defence of the 50-over title they claimed in Australia four years ago with a surprise defeat to minnows Sri Lanka in Group A on Friday.
But they exorcised the demons of that setback at Mumbai's Brabourne Stadium to return to the venue and turn in a much-improved display.
Danielle Wyatt, from the Westlands in Newcastle, made just two with the bat, as she was overshadowed by record-breaker Edwards in England's total of 272-8.
Edwards struck a superb 109 which included 16 boundaries to become the top run-scorer in women's one-day international cricket.
The 33-year-old has now made 4,901 in the limited overs format to overhaul Australia legend Belinda Clark's tally of 4,844.
The England skipper received fine support, adding 100 for the second wicket with wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor (35), before Arran Brindle chipped in with an unbeaten 37.
India's run chase started in inauspicious fashion after they slipped to 29-3.
Their recovery was led by Harmanpreet Kaur and Karuna Jain, who compiled an impressive fourth-wicket stand of 106.
Jain fell for 56, and from that point on the hosts' challenge disintegrated, despite the best efforts of Kaur, who finished on 107 not out. India could only reach 240-9 at stumps.
Yorkshire seamer Katherine Brunt was the pick of the England attack, claiming 4-29.
And Wyatt weighed in with a couple of late wickets with her off-spin en route to figures of 2-52 from eight overs.
However, the 21-year-old was also in the wars after being hit in the face stopping a drive at short cover, although she was able to continue.
The top three in the group progress to the Super Six stage. With England lying in third place, they need to beat West Indies at Mumbai's Bandra Kurla Complex tomorrow to guarantee their progress.
Edwards said: "It was about character, coming out and giving a good team performance, and we certainly did that; the standards we've set are those that we want to continue.
"I'm very proud of the team and pleased to be able to contribute.
"But the record is something for me to look back on at the end of my career, not something I'll focus on at the moment."
The West Indies currently top the group after demolishing England's conquerors Sri Lanka.
Stafanie Taylor smashed 171 from 137 balls as the West Indies posted 368-8 before bowling out their opponents, who now prop up the rest in Group A, for just 159.
In Group B, Australia edged to a three-wicket victory over South Africa, while New Zealand beat Pakistan by seven wickets – meaning both victors progress to the Super Six stage.
Pakistan and South Africa meet tomorrow to decide that group's final qualifier.