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Nat Sciver back in full force as England roar to victory in first ODI against West Indies | England women’s cricket team

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England bowlers trampled the West Indies tail en route to a 142-point victory in the first ODI in Antigua.

After the hosts won the coin toss and decided to field, England posted a 307 aggregate for seven of their 50 overs, largely thanks to the efforts of Nat Sciver and Danni Wyatt.

Sciver, who returned to the side after taking a break due to mental health issues, hit nine fours and looked to mark her comeback with a century before being dismissed for 90 balls from 96.

Wyatt then celebrated her 100th ODI appearance in aggressive fashion, breaking three sixes and four boundaries as she went 68 from 60 before becoming the latest victim of Chinelle Henry, who finished with figures of three for 59 on his 10 overs.

Wicketkeeper Amy Jones also had 30 from 29 deliveries and Sophie Ecclestone was unbeaten on 19 from 21 deliveries as England set a Test target for the home side.

Despite the early loss of fly-half Aaliyah Alleyne, the rest of the West Indies High Order established a solid platform for their pursuit. That was until Rashada Williams was run out for 34, with Shemaine Campbell for a duck the next day to leave them struggling on three for 85.

The crippling blow came shortly after when West Indies top scorer Kycia Knight was claimed for 39 by captain Heather Knight. There was little the rest of the order could do from there as England sacked the hosts for just £165.

Charlie Dean led the way for England with the ball, finishing with figures of four for 35 from his nine overs.

It was a great result for new head coach Jon Lewis as he started his tenure with a dominating victory. England’s White Balls tour of the Caribbean continues on Wednesday in Antigua with the second of three ODIs, to be followed by five T20s.

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