Plymstock cricket star Knight pushes her England claims
PLYMOUTH'S Heather Knight was among the runs as England ended even in their two ICC Women's World Cup one-day warm-up matches in India.
England will open the defence of their world title against Sri Lanka in Mumbai on Friday.
Former Plymstock batter Knight has pushed her case for an inclusion in the ODI series opener for England at the Brabourne Stadium, after finishing as England's second top scorer in their 51-run victory over South Africa.
Knight struck four fours in her knock of 42 with skipper Charlotte Edwards top-scoring on 78 in England's formidable total of 270 for nine from their 50 overs.
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In their final warm-up match, England went down narrowly by 13 runs to New Zealand again in Mumbai.
New Zealand were all out for 223 with Lydia Greenaway leading the way with 51 for England who chased in vain and were bowled out for 210.
Knight, who made 10 against the White Ferns, whom England defeated in 2009 at Sydney, Australia to win the world crown, felt the rehearsals will prove invaluable and the win over the South Africans give the side a boost.
The former Plymstock School student paid tribute to the captain and told the England Wales Cricket board's website: "Charlotte batted well up front and, laid a platform for the lower order to get a decent total on the board.
"And then the bowlers got overs under their belts and it was good to get miles in the legs in the field.
"There wasn't a huge amount of turn out here, but I think Holly (Colvin) bowled particularly well and just hit her areas."