Women's cricket: Heather Knight an all-round winner for England


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Heather Knight’s all-round contribution helped England to a 42-run win over India via the Duckworth-Lewis method in the first one-day international at Scarborough.

Knight took 3 for 28 to restrict the tourists to 193 for 8 from 47 overs before her  fifty at the top of the order put England on course to chase down their target of 195.

The game was called off after 30.1 overs owing to heavy rain and, with the hosts on 153 for 3, well ahead of their D/L total of 112, they ensured they bounced back from their defeat in the one-off Test at Wormsley on Sunday.

Anya Shrubsole reduced India to 13 for 2 after England won the toss but opener Smriti Mandhana produced a well-crafted 74 off 99 balls.

However, two run-outs in 12 balls followed before Knight picked up two late wickets.

Knight and captain Charlotte Edwards took 19 off the first two overs in an opening stand of 110.

“The loss at Wormsley hit us hard,” said Knight after the game. “To bounce back today, in the way we did, was great.”