January 14, 2002

Records tumble as England women strike form at last

CricInfo

Caroline Atkins and Arran Thompson set a new record opening partnership for England by putting 150 on the board without loss at the end of the first day of the first Test against India at Lucknow.

Atkins (64*) and Thompson (60*), also made their highest individual scores in internationals. They were opening together for the seventh time for England after captain Clare Connor won the toss.

Thompson said: "Our weakness on tour has been forming partnerships and we really worked as a partnership today."

Atkins added: "It's great we're still in but we've got a way to go to win this Test."

Although England have already lost the one-day series after India took an unassailable 3-0 lead, both Thompson and Atkins have found form on the tour, with Thompson scoring 62 and Atkins 42 in warm-up games.