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ICC Women's C'ship: Shrubsole shines as England beat Windies by 121 runs

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Anya Shrubsole's late hitting with the bat before taking two early wickets helped England secure a comfortable 121-run victory over in a rain-hit ICC Women's Championship match at County Ground in

With the win, England have taken an unassailable lead 2-0. The hosts have now bagged a total of four points and will meet in the third ODI on June 13 at Chelmsford to earn two more precious points.

England opted to bat first and posted 233/7 on Sunday. and stitched a 59-run stand for the opening wicket before Chinelle Henry dismissed Jones, who gave a catch to at the point for 18.

joined Beaumont but soon after rain hit the match and covers were pulled on. The match was recommenced with 41 overs per side. Beaumont raised her bat to celebrate her ninth half-century in the format off 64 balls. made a solid comeback as Afy Fletcher removed Sarah (23) and Beaumont (61) on the second and third delivery of the 24th over.

survived the hat-trick ball and along with her skipper, re-built the innings. Fletcher returned and clean bowled Knight for 14. Before Sciver was joined by her best friend and teammate Katherine Brunt, West got rid off cheaply for three.

England were in real trouble at 179/6 as a settled Sciver (35) dragged the ball on to her stumps off Matthews while Brunt returned after contributing run-a-ball 23. Shrubsole and remained unbeaten on 32 and 11, respectively. Meanwhile, Fletcher was the pick of the West Indies bowlers with 3-48, including two wickets in two balls.

England's total of 233/7 was adjusted to a target of 244 for the West Indies due to a rain delay. The side got off to a bad start as (6) got leg-before off the penultimate ball of the wicket-maiden sixth over from Shrubsole. The right-arm medium bowler returned and got Matthews (17) caught behind.

In the ninth over, dismissed Kycia Knight, who gave a catch to Brunt at mid-off for a five-ball duck. Soon after, at mid-wicket Sciver took a great one-handed catch of West Indies (6) off Cross, reducing the side on 32/4 after 13 overs. The rain again delayed the match and it further got reduced to 28 overs with a revised target of 209 under the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) method.

West Indies struggled to hit the ball and Laura Marsh, who was playing her 100th ODI match, bagged a wicket in the name of Chedean Nation (9). The England dismissed Shemaine Campbelle for 29 on the last ball of the 28th over and West Indies, at 87/6, fell 121 runs short.

Brief scores: England 233/7 (T Beaumont 61, N Sciver 35, A Fletcher 3-48) beat West Indies 87/6 (S Campbelle 29, K Cross 2-4, A Shrubsole 2-12) by 121 runs.

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First Published: Mon, June 10 2019. 09:04 IST