WEST INDIES WOMEN CUT DOWN CHAMPIONS’ CHALLENGE

Reviewed by Clayton Goodwin

West Indies maintained their strong start to the ICC Women’s World Cup by defeating champions England by 7 runs at the University Oval in Dunedin. Here, as in the initial match against New Zealand, the team kept their heads in a tight finish.  Their resilience was marked, too, in the manner in which the batters hit back strongly after a mini-collapse of the early middle-order. In contrast to the faulty catching of their opponents, the West Indians, though also fallible, turned the course of the match with a couple of spectacular catches.

Hayley Matthews (45) and Deandra Dottin (31) were impressive in putting on 81 for the first wicket but fell when Sophie Ecclestone (3-20) achieved two wickets and a run out in a single over as the batters strove to break the grip which sound bowling and ground fieding was beginning to exert.. Shemaine Campbell (66) and Chedean Nation (49 n.o.) picked up the challenge by adding 123 for the sixth wicket. The former fell as the West Indians went for the runs in the closing over (and one ball). The 225-6 total was challenging but well within the scope of their opponents.  

Matthews (2-40) and Shamilia Connell (3-38) unsettled the early England batting which, in spite of resistance from opener Tammy Beaumont (46) was shaken by Dottin’s spectacular one-handed catch to dismiss Lauren Winfield-Hill and reduced to 94-5. Sophia Dunkley (38) and Danni Wyatt (33) put 60 for the sixth wicket but it was the 61 runs ninth-wicket stand between Ecclestone (33 n.o.) and Kate Cross (27) which took England to wards the edge of victory. They were still nine runs short when bowler Anisa Mohammed (2-24) deflected a driven hit into the stumps to run out Cross and one run later bowled Amy Shrubsole.

West Indies 225-6 beat England 216 by 9 runs

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