Louth’s Arran Brindle took three vital wickets without conceding a run as England crushed the West Indies in their final group game of the ICC Women’s World Cup on Tuesday.
Brindle bowled just two overs but removed Kyshona Knight for 33, and Shaquana Quintyne and Tremayne Smartt for ducks as they West Indies reached just 101 in Mumbai.
England were asked to take to the field first and Katherine Brunt (2-10) made an immediate impact bowling Kycia Knight with the second ball of the game.
But it was Anya Shrubsole who did the most damage taking three early wickets including the prize scalp of Deandra Dottin.
The Somerset seamer was ably supported by Brindle before Shrubsole returned to end the West Indies innings in only the 37th over – and finish with career best figures of 4-21.
With regular opener and skipper Charlotte Edwards, who hit a century in the last game against India, absent through illness, Brindle stepped up to open with Danni Wyatt.
The pair put England on the path to victory with a 66-run opening partnership before Dottin had Brindle caught behind for 14, and then trapped Sarah Taylor leg before wicket with her next ball.
After top scoring with 40, her highest in one-day cricket, Wyatt was trapped leg before wicket with England needing just 30 runs to wrap up the game.
Dottin (3-20) then claimed a consolation third scalp before Jenny Gunn and Heather Knight knocked off the remaining runs for England to claim a six wicket victory with 15 overs to spare.
After the game bowler Anya Shrubsole, who pipped Arran Brindle to the player of the match award, said: “We’re all really pleased with the win today and another good team performance.
“It was really good to contribute to the win, but we have a world class bowling attack it’s not just me or Katherine, it’s our spinners and the whole bowling unit.
“We’re a team, it’s not about one person, anyone can come out here and contribute to a win. We’ve got a lot of belief, in each and every one of us and we showed that again today.
“The length I bowled was better today, I think that just comes with getting into the tournament, bowling a bit more and gaining confidence from taking a wicket the other day and I brought that confidence with me into today’s game.
“The wicket did a bit all day, when Deandra Dottin game back on and Munroe at the end there so we were just focusing on getting a win and getting the job done.
“We want to go through to the super six stage with momentum and we’re gaining that with every game, we’ve had two really good wins, but we are always looking at what we can improve. We’ll look at this game and talk about what we did well and what we can improve on and head into the super six stage with confidence.”
The result means England end their Group A campaign with two wins from their three matches.
Their Super Six games will be against Australia on Friday, Pakistan or South Africa on Sunday, and New Zealand next Wednesday.
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