Monday, 4 February 2013

First weekend - thrills, spills and surprises


- All four teams in Group A in with a shout of the super six
- England in shock defeat to Sri Lanka, but recover against India
- Australia and New Zealand cruising ahead of their first clash
- England skipper Charlotte Edwards breaks ODI record


The opening weekend of the Women's World Cup produced drama of the highest order, as champions England were pipped by a plucky Sri Lankan team by just one wicket thanks to a superb 56 from middle-order ace Eshani Kaushalya.

England bounced back to beat India by 32 runs two days later with opening bowler Katherine Brunt (4-29) particularly vocal in victory and captain Charlotte Edwards registering yet another international hundred to break the record for most runs in ODI cricket.

This sets up Group A perfectly for a 3.30am start on Tuesday morning, as all four teams have a chance of making the next stage. England play West Indies and India host Sri Lanka.

In group B the form book has remained intact, as second favourites Australia and the tournament dark horses New Zealand have both registered enough points to qualify for the super sixes already with back-to-back victories. They face each other on Tuesday morning to see who will top the group.

Tune into twitter tomorrow to get the latest on the world cup matches: @womencricket

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