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Summary

  1. England win on DLS method
  2. England 377-7 - their highest ever WWC total
  3. Sciver hits brutal 137 off 92 balls for maiden ODI ton
  4. 'One of the best hundreds I've seen' - TMS commentator Alison Mitchell
  5. Captain Knight scores 106; sharing 213 for second wicket with Sciver
  6. Pakistan were 107-3 when rain curtailed match

Live Reporting

By Jamie Lillywhite, Mark Mitchener and Marc Higginson

All times stated are UK

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Farewell

As the groundstaff ironically take away the covers and let the rain water the square, a chance to tell you about the next action in the tournament, which, weather permitting, will be South Africa against New Zealand at Derby.

As ever there will be clips and commentary available here on the BBC website. England's next match is on Sunday against Sri Lanka at Taunton so please do join the team then.

But in the meanwhile, from the three of us, happy travels and cheerio now.

MATCH ABANDONED - ENGLAND WIN BY 107 RUNS UNDER DLS

Finally we have an announcement and there will be no further play today. England gain their first win of the tournament, Pakistan remain without a victory.

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The umpires have wandered slowly out to chat with the gaggle of groundstaff and they are making their way back again now. Is an announcement due?

On a separate issue, does anyone know if the A34 is closed tonight?

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Highlights

There was just time for Ayesha to complete an assured half century before the rain descended.

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England's fielding was not always of the highest order, there were dropped catches, overthrows and this missed chance of a run-out.

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Left-arm spinner Alex Hartley struck in her opening over when she dismissed Asmavia Iqbal lbw for five in the 18th, leaving Pakistan at 67-3. There was no chance of a review with no DRS today, and the batter was not overly impressed with the umpire's decision from Jacqueline Williams.

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Ayesha was beginning to play with delightful freedom and kept the boundaries coming.

Update

Just hearing an announcement from the public address system at the ground. I was expecting it to be the end of the match but the announcer remains hopeful, even if he is one of the few remaining people in the ground, and he says the umpires are continuing to consult with the groundstaff.

In the meantime, it's on with the highlights.

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Katherine Brunt conceded 24 runs in her first two overs in the opening match of the tournament against India, but she collected a second wicket in the ninth over today with a delightfully concealed slower ball.

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Ayesha Zafar impressed for Pakistan, however, and struck a liberal number of boundaries. Here is an impressive pull shot off Anya Shrubsole.

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England finished with 377-7, Knight and Sciver compiling 213 together in 30 overs. Pakistan then lost Nahida Khan to Katherine Brunt in the third over of their reply.

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As we note Kumar Sangakkara passing 1,000 Championship runs for the season, the great Sri Lankan left-hander would have been proud of some of the strokeplay shown by Sciver, who dispatched three successive sixes.

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Her captain celebrated her own century two overs later, from 105 balls with her 11th four.

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Sciver was the first to three figures, reaching her maiden ODI hundred from 76 balls in the 37th over.

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And some bigger hits too.

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There were some audacious touches from the captain.

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Sciver reached her fifty from 35 balls in the 23rd over, striking four fours in the over as the runs began not just to flow, but to cascade.

Sciver was ably supported by her captain Heather Knight, who made 106 from 109 balls with 12 fours and two sixes. Here is Knight on the hunt for boundaries

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But when Nat Sciver came to the crease in the 10th over with the score at 42-2, she quickly began to change the match. Here she is striking an early boundary.

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Bizarrely for a team posting 377 England found it quite heavy going in the early stages and one of their star players, Sarah Taylor was out for only 11, much to the disappointment of the Sussex player's many admirers.

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Despite the soggy bottom at the end we have seen some tasty treats served up by the players today so let's have a look back at some of them now.

It seems an awfully long time ago when Tammy Beaumont was dropped off the very first ball of the match.

Pretty sorry looking sight out there now, the entire square and bowling run-ups under cover, the stadium virtually deserted and just two unmanned tractors out on the playing area. We must be nearing the denouement but no official word yet.

Hello again. Very little change to report. I'm still staring at a screen showing charcoal skies and bright floodlights, the rain still slanting across. A reminder that if there is no further play England will win under the DLS method because we have completed 20 overs of the Pakistan reply.

What do cricketers do during rain delays?

England captain Heather Knight has been writing columns for us here on the BBC Sport website for a while - and it's interesting to look back on this one from the 2015 Women's Ashes which featured a day-long washout at Worcester. Heather (vice-captain in those days) wrote:

"Everyone has their own ways of coping with the rain. Charlotte Edwards can be seen sighing after reaching in her pocket for her phone several times an hour, only to realise it's not actually there because of the ICC's anti-corruption measures which mean that all phones have to be removed from the dressing room.

"Katherine Brunt is usually making a large amount of noise somewhere, whether it is in celebration of a game she's found - such as trying to putt a golf ball into an empty coffee cup - or if she's arguing that she's losing at cards because everyone else is cheating. (Brunty's a terrible loser!).

"The Hoof (Anya Shrubsole) will often be frowning at Katherine making so much noise as it distracts her from her Sudoku. I'm usually found filtering between reading the paper, trying and failing to make people laugh, playing cards or doing some running bat repairs."

Heather Knight watches Charlotte Edwards repair her bat with assistant coach David Cape
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Former England captain Charlotte Edwards repairs her bat with the help of assistant coach David Capel as Heather Knight looks on

Very dark out there now, the floodlights shining brightly and rain continuing to fall heavily. India captain Mithali Raj had it right the other day, reading a book and that was while the match was taking place. So what do the players do while it rains? Let's find out.

Mithali Raj
ICC Women's World Cup

WATCH: Ayesha brings up her 50

Rain across the country today, even in sunny Sussex, where there has been very little to see in the tennis at Eastbourne. Raining at the County Ground at Hove as well. While we wait, here's a chance to see Ayesha reach a well deserved half century, her third in only her 13th international.

Rain stops play

Pak 107-3 (target 378)

Heavy rain now and the tractors are waved on to cover the pitch. Just to clarify, they are not using the tractors to cover the pitch, they are transporting the main cover. There are slate grey skies above. It looks like we will at least have a chance to show you the wet weather features we made earlier.

Pak 107-4

Target 378

Pakistan scamper through for a single off Sciver and England not as impressive with their throwing as they were with their boundary hitting. The rain is intensifying now and the groundstaff are poised.

Charlotte Edwards

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

Ayesha is playing very well. She's very clear in her own head about where she wants to score her runs.

Pak 104-3

Target 378

An eighth boundary for Ayesha, fluently driving Hartley down the ground. Spots of rain evident.

Pak 100-3

Target 378

Nat Sciver is certain to win the player of the match award after her stunning 137 but her bowling spell begins with a wide and is then driven to the boundary. There is then an overthrow but the errant throw came from the captain so there is not much admonishment. Hundred up for Pakistan, just the 278 needed now!

Pak 94-3

Target 378

Hartley puts her hands together above her head as she begins her approach to the crease, a bit like a singer encouraging the crowd to clap at a rock concert. She has the chance of a caught and bowled as Nain drives one back but the slow left-armer cannot hold on.

Charlotte Edwards

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

Ayesha has played brilliantly and I suspect she might have a hundred in her sights today.

50 for Ayesha

Pak 89-3

An accomplished half century from Ayesha, featuring seven fours, only the fifth fifty for a Pakistan batter in the World Cup.

All Stars Cricket - still time to get your free kit

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Stuart Broad surprises children with an All Stars Cricket kit

Here's your chance to see the star we've been describing. The ECB's scheme to encourage five to eight-year-olds to try cricket this summer - All Stars Cricket - is in full swing, but there's still time to get involved.Sign up and you'll get a bag of free, personalised cricket kit for your child (possibly not hand-delivered by Stuart Broad but don't let that put you off), so go to the club finder on the website and find a participating club or centre near you!

Pak 86-3

Target 378

They're really rattling through the overs, which I'm all for, but it is hard to keep track at times. Counting the runs is not so much of an issue here, just the single in this over from Hartley.

Pak 85-3

Ayesha 47, Nain 12

There must have been an edge there from Ayesha because it is given as a run. Taylor is amazed that it managed to evade her clutches behind the stumps and bowler Hazell has her hands on her head once again.