Windies Women lose by single run

Windies Women lost by the narrowest of margins, one run, to the New Zealand White Ferns in the first one-day international (ODI) of the ICC Women's Championships at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln University.  Captain Stafanie Taylor won the toss for the Windies Women and sent New Zealand in to bat first.  The White Ferns got a solid start from their most experienced pair, in Sophie Devine and Suzie Bates. This pair posted a 76-run partnership before Bates fell for 44, caught behind off Hayley Matthews.

Devine carried on, sharing a 60-run partnership with Amy Satterthwaite and then 63 with Katey Martin. Devine reached her third ODI century before she fell for 108 off 103 balls.  The White Ferns' middle order found it difficult to score as freely as the top order. New Zealand finishing their innings on 278/9 from their 50 overs.  The Windies Women had a tight bowling attack, led by Taylor, who finished with -/54, followed by Afy Fletcher with 3-55 and Hayley Matthews 2-68.  In their reply, Windies Women lost their first wicket with the score on 31, when Hayley Matthews was bowled by Holly Huddleston for 18.  Kycia Knight and Taylor then consolidated, in a 57-run partnership, before Kycia was trapped leg before wicket for 38.

Taylor was then joined by Chedean Nation, and the two Jamaicans rebuilt the Windies innings with a 64-run partnership. Taylor reached her 30th half-century, then Nation fell for 29.  Deandra Dottin and Britney Cooper played short cameos of 11 and nine, respectively, with the skipper.  Taylor soldiered on, taking on the bad deliveries and quick singles when the chances arose. She fell for a valiant 90 with the Windies still 64 runs short of victory.  Merissa Aguilleira then joined Kyshonna Knight at the wicket and rotated the strike regularly. However, Aguilleira fell for a well-played 20.  Afy Fletcher and Kyshonna had a mix-up in the middle that saw Fletcher run out for two.  Tremayne Smartt made three, as Shamilia Connell and Kyshonna Knight had four to make off the last ball.

Connell connected with a shot straight back but could only get two as the Windies Women lost by one run.

Windies Women finished on 277/9 from 50 overs. Leigh Kasperek, Holly Huddleston and Amelia Kerr had two wickets each for the White Ferns.





*S Bates c Nation b Matthews 44

S Devine st Aguilleira b Fletcher 108

A Satterthwaite c Matthews b Fletcher 27

+K Martin lbw b Dottin 22

M Green c Cooper b Taylor 14

L Down c Matthews b Taylor 11

K Ebrahim b Fletcher 0

L Kasperek not out 19

A Kerr c Kyshona Knight b Taylor 7

L Tahuhu c Kyshona Knight b Matthews 1

H Huddleston not out 16

Extras (w8, nb1) 9

TOTAL (9 wkts, 50 overs) 278

Fall of wickets: 1-76 (Bates), 2-136 (Satterthwaite), 3-199 (Martin), 4-211 (Devine), 5-233 (Green), 6-234 (Ebrahim), 7-236 (Down), 8-246 (Kerr), 9-251 (Tahuhu).

Bowling: Connell 8-0-51-0, Smarttt 5-0-21-0, Dottin 7-0-29-1, Matthews 10-0-68-2, Fletcher 10-0-55-3, Taylor 10-0-54-3.



H Matthews b Huddleston 18

Kycia Knight lbw b Kasperek 38

*S Taylor c Kerr b Ebrahim 90

C Nation run out 29

D Dottin c & b Kerr 11

B Cooper c Down b Kerr 9

Kyshona Knight not out 44

+M Aguilleira c Green b Huddleston 20

A Fletcher run out 2

T Smartt c Green b Kasperek 5

S Connell not out 2

Extras (lb2, w7) 9

TOTAL (9 wkts, 50 overs) 277

Fall of wickets: 1-31 (Matthews), 2-88 (Kycia Knight),

3-152 (Nation), 4-167 (D Dottin), 5-185 (Cooper), 6-215 (Taylor), 7-248 (Aguilleira), 8-252 (Fletcher), 9-270 (Smartt).

Bowling: Kasperek 10-0-51-2, Tahuhu 5-0-31-0, Devine 7-0-44-0, Huddleston 9-1-40-2, Ebrahim 9-0-60-1, Kerr 10-0-49-2.

Result: New Zealand Women won by one wicket.

Series: New Zealand Women lead three-match series 1-0.

Toss: West Indies Women.

Umpires: A Mehrotra, D Walker.

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