Defending champions England advanced to the Super Six stage at the women’s World Cup with a six-wicket triumph over West Indies in their Final Group A fixture.
England were outstanding with the ball, major damage was done by seamer Anya Shrubsole, she claimed career-best figures of 4-21 as West Indies were bowled out for 101 inside 37 overs after batting first at the Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai.
Katherine Brunt struck in the first over to get Charlotte Edwards’ side well on their way, ripping the Windies opener’s defence Kycia Knight.
At the other end, Shrubsole shared the new ball with Brunt and she removed Stafanie Taylor and Julian Nero for nought. In between these two wickets, the seamer also had Shermaine Campbelle caught behind.
After the fourth wicket went down it left West Indies in deep trouble at 14-4 at the end of the 10th over.
Following skipper Merissa Aguilleira’s run-out, England turned attentions to spin because as Brunt was forced off with injury.
Number four Knight and batting at number eight Shanel Davey put on some sort of resistance with a 59-run stand.
The pair both scored brisk thirties, Knight only struck one boundary in an 86 ball 33, and her innings was ended via a stumping off medium pacer Arran Brindle.
The pacer accounted for cleaning up the tail with immense figures of 3-0 from her two overs leaving the batters only a low target of 102.
However, it didn’t go all England’s way with the bat as Deandra Dottin picked up three wickets. Brindle opened in place of the ill Edwards and put on a partnership of 66 on the opening wicket with Danielle Wyatt.
The aggressive Dottin had two dismissals in two balls, trapping Sarah Taylor and Lydia Greenway lbw. Wyatt was the fourth wicket to fall for 40 after an innings which included six boundaries, in the process a mini-collapse was sparked as four wickets fell in 13 runs.
Heather Knight was in no mood to hang around, striking three boundaries. Knight had support from Jenny Gunn which saw England home with 15 deliveries to spare.
The team will carry momentum into the Super Six phase after putting the early shock result against Sri Lanka behind them and taking top spot of Group A ahead of the Asian lionesses on run-rate.
England now face Australia in their opening second phase match on Friday in the women Cricket World Cup 2013.