England stretches its unbeaten record in T20Is to 18 games
England defeated West Indies by eight wickets at Durham in the first match of their women's T20I series.
Katherine Brunt (2-16) got the match off to a flying start for the home team with two wickets in the first over and they never relinquished their grip from that point.
Early conditions were conducive to swing bowling and Anya Shrubsole (1-20) also struck in her first over to remove the dangerous Deandra Dottin without scoring.
Skipper Merissa Aguilleira (21) and Shemaine Campbelle (11) edged their side from 7-3 to 35 but it took them until the 10th over to get there.
Spinners Holly Colvin and Laura Marsh put the squeeze on the West Indies middle order as they conceded just 16 runs from their eight overs.
Colvin returned figures of 2-5 while Marsh's 1-11 was followed with a good effort opening the batting to earn the man-of-the-match award.
Captain Charlotte Edwards (27 not out) and Marsh (31) put on 59 in seven overs to break the back of their paltry run-chase.
Edwards dabbed the winning single into the gully region to ease her team home with 62 balls left.
England have now gone 18 T20Is unbeaten - including one game rained off - and move to Manchester on Monday for the second encounter in high spirits.