England’s bowlers ran roughshod over the West Indies tail en route to an emphatic in the first one‑day international in Antigua, though their joy was tempered by the news that the all-rounder Alice Capsey is to return home after breaking her collar bone.
Capsey, who made 17 opening the batting, picked up her injury while fielding at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, with scans revealing the 18-year-old had sustained a fracture.
Her teammate Nat Sciver, who made 90 in England’s innings, said: “I’m really gutted for her. She’ll be gutted too to be missing out on the trip, but she’ll be back and firing, I’m sure. I don’t know how long the recovery time is. I believe she is going to see a surgeon when she gets home.”
After the hosts won the toss and decided to field, England posted 307 for seven from their 50 overs, thanks largely to the efforts of Sciver and Danni Wyatt.
Sciver, who has returned to the side after taking a break because of mental health issues, hit nine fours and looked on course to mark her return with a century before being dismissed for 90 from 96 balls.
“I didn’t pick up a bat at all, or a ball, other than for the dog,” she said of her break. “I was able to do a few more normal things, feel a bit more like a human after a big two years or 18 months. Everything had accumulated into me having to step away from the game. That’s why it’s so important to take the time when you can get away from cricket when you can, to create a bit more longevity in your sport.”
Wyatt celebrated making her 100th ODI appearance smashing three sixes and four boundaries as she made 68 from 60 balls before becoming the final victim of Chinelle Henry, who finished with figures of three for 59 from her 10 overs.
The wicketkeeper Amy Jones also made 30 from 29 balls and Sophie Ecclestone was unbeaten on 19 from 21 deliveries as England set a testing target for the home side.
Despite the early loss of the opener Aaliyah Alleyne, the West Indies top order laid a strong platform for their chase. That was until Rashada Williams was run out on 34, with Shemaine Campbell out for a duck the very next over to leave them in trouble on three for 85.
The crippling blow came a short time later when West Indies’ top scorer Kycia Knight was claimed for 39 by the England captain, Heather Knight. The rest of the batters could do little as England dismissed the hosts for just 165. Charlie Dean led the way for England with the ball, finishing with figures of four for 35 from her nine overs.
England’s white-ball tour of the Caribbean continues on Wednesday in Antigua with the second of three ODIs, which will be followed by five T20s.