Easy for England women
Sharp bowling display sets up comfortable victory at Durham
Last Updated: 08/09/12 2:02pm
England women cruised to an emphatic eight-wicket win over the West Indies in the opening match of the Twenty20 international series at Chester-le-Street on Saturday.
The West Indies, after winning the toss and opting to bat, could only make 71-8 off their 20 overs with captain Merissa Aguilleira top-scoring with 21.
England slow left-armer Holly Colvin proved almost impossible to score off as she finished with superb figures of two for five from her four overs, while Katherine Brunt claimed two for 16 - both wickets coming in the first over of the match.
The hosts then made short work of their target, racing to victory inside 10 overs with skipper Charlotte Edwards (27 not out) and Laura Marsh (31) doing most of the work during an opening stand worth 59.
Marsh, who was named player of the match after also taking one for 11 from her four overs, said: "It was great to start the series off like that.
"We're really pleased with our performance today, the opening bowlers bowled brilliantly and the spinners backed them up. We followed up well with the bat to get the job done in the 10th over.
"We're all looking forward to carrying this momentum forwards to Old Trafford on Monday."
The second of the five-match series takes place at Old Trafford on Monday.