Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Thursday | March 5, 2009
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England dispatch West Indies women in warm-up
SYDNEY, Australia (CMC):

World No. 1 batter Claire Taylor and Beth Morgan stroked half centuries and steered England to a massive 116-run victory over West Indies in their ICC Women's World Cup warm-up match yesterday.

After winning the toss and choosing to bat at Raby Oval, England compiled 210 for six off their 50 overs and then restricted West Indies to 94 all out to handsomely rebound from their loss to Australia on Monday.

Second consecutive loss

It was the second consecutive practice-match loss for the Caribbean women, who had slumped to a two-wicket loss to New South Wales on Monday.

Taylor, the top-ranked batter on the Reliance Mobile ICC Women's ODI Player Rankings, continued her good form, belting six fours in a 63-ball 68. Morgan also made a solid contribution, with 58 off 72 balls with three boundaries.

The West Indies batting failed again when they replied and they only lasted 42.2 overs in their sub-100 total. Afy Fletcher (24) and Stafanie Taylor (20) were the highest scorers for West Indies against Holly Colvin (2-6), Laura Marsh (2-13) and Anya Shrubsole (2-23).

Fletcher and Taylor were also the top scorers for West Indies in their loss to NSW two days ago when they were bowled out for 145.

West Indies, fifth at the 2005 Women's World Cup in South Africa, will open their campaign on Sunday against South Africa and will also face holders Australia and New Zealand in the Group A preliminaries.

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