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Friday, 7 February, 2003, 07:42 GMT
England thrash India
One-day match, Lincoln: England Women 191 all out (48.1 overs) beat India 101 all out (43.5 overs) by 90 runs

England eased to a 90-run victory over India to clinch third place in the Women's World Series in New Zealand.

Sarah Collyer
Sarah Collyer took three wickets for nine runs
The win means England move up the world rankings, from fifth at the last World Cup in 2000, to third.

England won the toss and elected to bat, making 191 all out in 48.1 overs.

Kathryn Leng hit 80 from 109 balls, her highest one-day score for her country.

England reached their 150 in the 35th over with three wickets down, having seen off a fiery opening spell of pace bowling from Goswami.

Experienced spinner Neetu David, who together with Al-Khadir ripped through the England middle order once Arran Thompson had been run out three overs later, eventually bowled Leng.

We had a chance to move up the rankings to third in the world and we took that opportunity

England captain Clare Connor
With England on 164-8, a recovery was led by England's leading wicket taker Clare Taylor and Laura Harper, who put on 24 before Taylor was run out for 14.

Following her 98 on Thursday, Mithali Raj set about building a platform with Sharma once opener Paranjpe had been trapped lbw by Pearson in the first over.

Pearson was unlucky to take just one wicket in a blisteringly quick opening seven-over spell which yielded just 18 runs and saw two catches dropped.

But it was a day for the spinners, as Laura Harper and Clare Connor bowled in tandem to inflict irrevocable damage on India's batters.

Prized

Connor had Sharma caught and fellow captain, Chopra, lbw.

Harper gained the prized wicket of Raj as the batsman attempted to sweep her, having found runs the same way from the previous delivery but deceived by extra flight.

At 55-4 and with Raj gone, England knew they could not be caught and set about achieving a comprehensive victory.

Only wicketkeeper, Naik, offered any resistance, reaching 23 before Taylor took a sharp catch from Harper's bowling.

India were 90-9 and added just 11 more runs before Collyer bowled Goswami for the second time in two days to end India's innings and ensure England's victory.

Connor, speaking after the match, said "It was fantastic to beat India by such a convincing margin after Thursday's victory off the last ball.

"We had a chance to move up the rankings to third in the world and we took that opportunity".


England Women: C Connor (capt), C Edwards, S Collyer, K Leng, Claire Taylor, L Newton, A Thompson, D Holden, L Harper, Clare Taylor, L Pearson.

India Women: A Chopra (capt), S Paranjpe, M Raj, H Kala, D Rumeli, A Sharma, N Al Kadeer, S Naik, N David, J Goswami, M Kanojia.

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