England laboured to 220-7 against West Indies, at Bristol, in their bid to secure top spot in the Women’s World Cup standings.
England, already assured of a semi-final place following their 75-run win over New Zealand on Wednesday, had skipper Heather Knight (67) and an unbroken eighth-wicket stand of 48 between Jenny Gunn (31no) and Laura Marsh (24no) to thank for limping past 200, as they struggled to deal with West Indies’ spin pair of Afy Fletcher (3-33) and Anisa Mohammed (1-32).
Natalie Sciver, who made headlines against New Zealand by and , was bowled for a two-ball duck, while Sarah Taylor went first delivery after slashing to slip.
England began slowly after being inserted, chalking up their first run on the 11th ball and scoring just 12 from the first five overs, and just as Tammy Beaumont (42) began to get going, she lost two partners, Lauren Winfield (11) and Taylor.
Winfield pulled to deep square leg to hand 16-year-old left-arm seamer Qiana Joseph her maiden ODI wicket, before Taylor flashed Deandra Dottin into the cordon, Hayley Matthews the catcher on both occasions.
Beaumont and Knight rebuilt, before leg-spinner Fletcher struck twice in three balls – Beaumont caught behind by Merissa Aguilleira after clipping a ramp shot onto her helmet and Sciver (0) castled looking to work through midwicket.
Fletcher then had Fran Wilson (5) out on review, Ultra-Edge proving the batter had cue-ended a sweep shot into Aguilleira’s gloves, as England lost three wickets for 14 runs.
Knight continued to plug away – although she would have been given out lbw on 39 had West Indies opted for the review when Fletcher pinged her on the pad – and brought up her 13th ODI fifty off 76 deliveries, a couple of overs after had been stumped off Mohammed.
Knight also fell to spin, however, when she was bowled through the gate by Matthews, before Gunn and Marsh finished England’s knock with a few lusty blows, Gunn slamming the innings’ only six.