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England women enjoy easy victory

Women's World Cup

England began their build-up to the Women's World Cup with a six-wicket win over New South Wales in Sydney.

Jenny Gunn took three wickets and Isa Guha and Holly Colvin two each as the state side were bowled out for 99.

Sarah Taylor (31) and Caroline Atkins (19) then put on 59 before retiring to give team-mates time in the middle.

Skipper Charlotte Edwards was lbw for a duck and Ebony Rainford-Brent went for five but Claire Taylor made an unbeaten 34 as England cruised to victory.

The unofficial game at the Alan Davidson Oval enabled England, who last won the World Cup in 1993, to give every member of their squad a run-out.

"It was a great start to the tour for us and [it was] good to see some individuals put in decent performances ahead of our next challenge," Edwards said afterwards.

"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."

England take on Cup hosts Australia in their next warm-up game on Monday.

They will start their World Cup campaign against Sri Lanka on 7 March, with India and Pakistan the other teams in their first round group.

The top three will progress to the Super Six stage.

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