Christchurch: England opener Charlotte Edwards became the first batsman to score a century as she remained unbeaten on 139 against The Netherlands in her country's first outing in the Women's World Cup 2000 at the BIL Oval, Lincoln on Thursday.England riding on the superlative efforts of Charlotte and Barbara Daniels (79) ran up a mammoth 256 for three in 50 overs. Charlotte's efforts came off 152 balls with 17 hits to the fence. Barbara, who was run out, made her score from 108 balls with nine fours. Charlotte and Barbara were involved in a 184-run partnership for the second wicket that sealed the fate of The Netherlands. The Netherlands women were never in contention and managed to reach 116 for nine off 50 overs.Extras top scored on 28 with wides accounting for 20 runs. Lucy Pearson spoiled her splendid bowling analysis of 10 overs, three maidens, 19 runs and one wicket by sending down 11 wides. The best effort from the bat for The Netherlands came from the blade off opener Maartje Koster, who scored 27 runs off 85 balls with three fours.
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