England ~~A~~ beat India eves in series opener

Published: Thursday, August 3, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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London:Skipper Mithali Raj's half century went in vain as the Indian eves were handed a 22-run defeat by England 'A' via Duckworth-Lewis method in a rain-marred encounter at Uppingham School.

This was a poor beginning by the Indians who play England in the first Test on August 9.

Inserted in a damp pitch, India lost both the openers with Stephanie Davies (2-15) and Kelly Evenson (1-15) doing the trick for the hosts inside the first 10 overs.

Mithali waged a grim battle but didn't have enough support from the other end and Kathryn Doherty was pick of the host bowlers, finishing with 3-21 from seven overs.

England 'A' got off to a sedate start and soon the rain brought the match to an early end. England 'A' were 70 for one at that stage, with Davies batting on 27 and Hannah Lloyd not out on 23. The Duckworth/Lewis method was soon imposed and England 'A' were declared winner by a 22-run margin.

India now play two Twenty20 challenge matches at Uppingham School against MCC Women later today.

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