Caroline Atkins and Claire Taylor both hit 69 not out to help England beat India by nine wickets at the North Sydney Oval yesterday to seal their place in the Super Six stage of the Women's World Cup. A flurry of late runs from India's 10th batswoman Amita Sharma - who hit 33 runs off 24 balls, including five boundaries and a six - left England with 169 to chase.
After Sarah Taylor set the English on their way with 27 off 43 before she was caught by Thirush Kamini off Priyanka Roy, Atkins and Taylor combined to carry England comfortably over the total with nine wickets to spare on a score of 172-1 chasing India's 169 all out. Of the two, Taylor was particularly impressive, racking up her total off just 65 balls while hitting nine fours and England's solitary six.
Holly Colvin was largely responsible for disposing of India as she took three for 22 off 10 overs. For India Mithali Raj performed the best, hitting nine boundaries on her way to 59 off 90 balls before she was caught by Lydia Greenway off Jenny Gunn. England are unbeaten in the tournament so far having beaten Sri Lanka by 100 runs on Saturday. Meanwhile in other action, the pre-tournament favourites Australia got their campaign back on track by defeating South Africa by 61 runs in Newcastle yesterday.
The hosts slumped to a surprise defeat to New Zealand on Sunday, but this win means they move level on points with the West Indies while New Zealand are top of Group A after two wins from two games. * AP