India thrash MCC by 106 runs

India 227 for 6 (Raj 69, Naik 45) beat MCC 121 (Morgan 33, Sultana 3-17, Nagarajan 2-21) by 106 runs

Captain Mithali Raj and wicketkeeper Sulakshana Naik were among the runs as India crushed MCC by 106 runs in their one-day warm-up match at the Bath Cricket Ground. The win was set up by the Indian bowlers, who scythed through the MCC batting order, dismissing them for 121.

Naik and Karuna Jain ensured a good start with a 57-run opening stand after India chose to bat. Naik was in good touch as she stroked her way to 45 and helped set the platform for a big score. Raj's was the stand-out performance though, as she took on the MCC attack, plundering nine boundaries on her way to 69. She put on 98 runs for the sixth wicket with Priyanka Roy (31*) to help India post a challenging total. Lyndsey Askew and Yvonne Craven were the pick of the MCC bowlers with identical figures of 2 for 29.

MCC began their chase poorly, losing four wickets for 37 runs, with Caroline Atkins, Rosalie Birch and Steph Davies, the England internationals, among those who were dismissed. Beth Morgan and Sophie le Marchand then tried to steady the innings with a 33-run partnership. However, Gauhar Sultana dashed MCC's hopes with three quick wickets.

India begin their five-match ODI campaign against England on the same ground on Saturday.