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July 12, 2008
England 42 for 0 (Taylor 30*) beat West Indies 41 (Guha 5-14) by ten wickets
West Indies had been floating through Europe on an unbeaten streak but their tour came to a thudding crash-landing of an end on Saturday at Loughborough when England knocked them over for 41. The home side then eased to a ten-wicket victory to take the two-match series 1-0 after Friday's washout.
Isa Guha inflicted much of the damage with 5 for 14 from her eight overs, her second five-wicket haul in ODIs, which was a fine way to celebrate her 50th one-day appearance for England. A presentation followed the match. Holly Colvin took 2 for 7 from six, while there was one each for Guha's fellow pace bowlers Katherine Brunt, Nicky Shaw and Laura Marsh as England outclassed the visitors.
West Indies' line-up has been vulnerable throughout the tour, but usually one batsman has managed to make a decent score around frequent collapses. This time, though, against the well-organised England they had no chance and fell in a heap, a shame for those who had been looking forward to the sides' first completed ODI against each other since 1993 following Friday's abandonment. They ended with the 10th lowest score in ODIs ever, having themselves inflicted the lowest total on Netherlands a matter of days ago.
So, despite their final-match drubbing, West Indies can take heart from their tour where they managed to beat Ireland and Netherlands convincingly. Though those teams are below them in the international rankings, this trip was as much about gaining experience as anything. While they have work to do with their batting, their bowling and fielding has been impressive young side has performed well and learned much - most of the players having not played international cricket before.
Ebony Rainford-Brent will also be encouraged by helping England to the win. Recalled after more than a year out - during which time she decided to concentrate on batting only rather than risk another serious back injury - she didn't bat on Friday as she was lower down the order. On Saturday, however, she was boosted to open, a role she is equally comfortable with, and played an anchoring 5 not out as Sarah Taylor typically attacked her way to the win at more than a run a ball, ending with 30 not out. Though the start was delayed, the players got in a full match.
England have used the opportunity to size up West Indies and to warm up ahead of their next test, the South Africa series, which begins on August 6 at Canterbury.