England handed Pakistan a comprehensive first loss at the ongoing Women’s U19 Cricket World Cup at JB Marks Oval, Potchefstroom.

Despite restricting a strong England side to 156 for seven through some good bowling, Pakistan batters fell short by 53 runs after finishing at 103 for five.

Pakistan, who defeated Rwanda on Sunday, will play a winless Zimbabwe on Thursday in their final match and a victory will put them along with England and Rwanda in the Super-Six Group 2.

Anoosha Nasir (two for 20), Zaib-un-Nisa (two for 24) and Areesha Noor (two for 34) bowled intelligently to limit the aggressive England lineup to 156 but were let down by a lapsed fielding effort as Pakistan dropped several catches.

Seren Smale top-scored for her side with 37, while Ryana MacDonald-Gay (35) and Grace Scrivens (24) were the other notable run-getters in their innings.

Pakistan never really got going in their chase losing last match’s player-of-the-match Eyman Fatima in the third over.

She was soon joined in the dugout by Warda Yousaf, before Shawaal Zulfiqar and Syeda Aroob Shah added 20 runs for the third wicket to give their side a brief lift.

Aroob was the fifth batter out after scoring 34 from 36 balls with five fours before Aliza Khan (16) and Areesha Noor (12) took their team to the final score of 103 for five without being separated.

England moves to the top of group B of the Women’s U19 World Cup with Rwanda in second and Pakistan in third.

Scores in brief:

England Women’s U19: 156-7, 20 overs (Seren Smale 37, Ryana MacDonald-Gay 35, Grace Scrivens 24; Anosha Nasir 2-20, Zaib-un-Nisa 2-24, Areesha Noor 2-34)

Pakistan Women’s U19: 103-5, 20 overs (Syeda Aroob Shah 34, Shawaal Zulfiqar 25; Sophia Smale 2-10)