Brindle stars as England kick-start their World Cup defence

Katherine Brunt of England celebrates with her teammates after taking a wicket of Mithali Raj captain of India during the ICC Women World Cup match against India at the Brabourne stadium in Mumbai, India on February 3, 2013. (ICC/SOLARIS IMAGES)
Katherine Brunt of England celebrates with her teammates after taking a wicket of Mithali Raj captain of India during the ICC Women World Cup match against India at the Brabourne stadium in Mumbai, India on February 3, 2013. (ICC/SOLARIS IMAGES)

Louth’s Arran Brindle played a crucial role as England Women finally kick-started their ICC Women’s World Cup defence on Sunday.

After a surprise one-wicket defeat to Sri Lanka on Friday England found their old winning habit with a 32 run win over hosts India in Mumbai.

Charlotte Edwards captain of England raises her bat after scoring a century during the ICC Women World Cup match against India at the Brabourne stadium in Mumbai, India on February 3, 2013. (ICC/SOLARIS IMAGES)

Charlotte Edwards captain of England raises her bat after scoring a century during the ICC Women World Cup match against India at the Brabourne stadium in Mumbai, India on February 3, 2013. (ICC/SOLARIS IMAGES)

Captain Charlotte Edwards became the all time leading run scorer in one-day women’s cricket when she struck 109 before Brindle hit a handy unbeaten 37 as England reached 272-8.

Bowlers Katherine Brunt and Anya Shrubsole then rattled through the Indian top order and Brindle picked up the key wicket of Karu Jain for 56 when she was caught by Laura Marsh. It was Brindle’s 23rd wicket in one day internationals.

India were unable to keep up with the required run rate and finished on 240-9 off their 50 overs.

Brindle will have been pleased to have found some form with the bat after hitting 31 against Sri Lanka in the opening game.

She also took two wickets as England fell to defeat, but the all-rounder will be key as England look to defend their crown.

Charlotte Edwards said after the win: “Today was about character, coming out and giving a good team performance and we certainly did that; the standards we’ve set today are those that we want to continue.

“I’m very proud of the team and pleased to be able to contribute, it meant a lot to me as today was about the team. The record is something for me to look back on at the end of my career not something I’ll focus on at the moment.

“I’m delighted with a win and that a lot of people have contributed to it, now we have to carry our form on from here.”

England were due to face West Indies in Mumbai in their final Group A game on Tuesday, with a win required to guarantee their place in the super six stage of the competition.

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