Women’s cricket: Edwards century inspires England

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CAPTAIN Charlotte Edwards hit 109 to become the leading scorer in women’s one-day internationals as England got their World Cup campaign back on track with a 32-run win over India in Mumbai.

Edwards’ knock helped her side post 272 for eight from their 50 overs, with Barnsley’s Katherine Brunt (four for 29) then the pick of the bowlers as England limited the hosts to 240 for nine despite an unbeaten 107 from Harmanpreet Kaur.

Edwards needed 53 to surpass the previous record of 4,844 held by Australia’s Belinda Clark and, after a slow start, she did that and more, claiming her seventh ODI ton to help England recover from their opening defeat by Sri Lanka.

Yesterday’s result left Group A wide open, with all four teams having one won and lost one of their first two games. England lost to Sri Lanka in their opener.