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England ease past West Indies in World Cup warm-up

Natalie Sciver cuts loose during her 80 from 33 balls Getty Images

England Women laid down a marker ahead of this month's World Cup as they beat West Indies by six wickets in a warm-up encounter in Loughborough.

West Indies opted to bat first and were dismissed for 150 in the final over of their innings, captain Stafanie Taylor top-scoring with 59.

Nat Sciver (10-0-39-4) shared the bowling honours with offspinner Danielle Hazell who took 3 for 21 from her 10 overs.

In reply, England reached their target in the 36th over but, with World Cup preparations at the forefront of both teams' minds, the decision was taken for England to bat the duration of their 50 overs.

Sciver made an enterprising 85, and Tammy Beaumont also passed fifty, before Katherine Brunt opened her shoulders with the game won to make a quickfire 49. England reached 281 for 7 from their 50 overs.