England Women v India Women, 1st Test, Grace Road August 10, 2006

Claire Taylor ton powers England

Cricinfo staff

England 229 for 2 (Newton 85, Taylor 105*, Atkins 29*) and 223 lead India 298 (Goswami 69, Kala 69) by 154 runs
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Claire Taylor struck an authoritative century as England enjoyed a commanding day with the bat to play themselves right back into this match. Laura Newton, the vice captain, just missed out on a ton of her own - she made 85 as England whipped their way to 229 for 2 by the close, a lead of 154.

India added 60 to their overnight score before losing their final three wickets, leaving them with a first-innings lead of 75. The final wicket went to Laura Marsh, who had a victim on debut at last.

Jhulan Goswami had England in early trouble, removing Charlotte Edwards for just 4 before the home side had much chance to chip away at the deficit. But if India's bowlers thought that this was the beginning of a successful day for them, they were wrong.

Enter Taylor who joined Newton in a second-wicket stand of 155 which took England into the lead and beyond. The innings gave Newton a timely boost; it was her first half-century in seven innings and only her third fifty in Tests. It was also Taylor's first century since 2003.

Taylor and Caroline Atkins had put on an unbeaten stand of 70 by the close, to leave England in good shape ahead of tomorrow's final day.