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Dottin leads West Indies Women to 65-run win

Sophie Devine fights lone battle for New Zealand Women with 89

Dottin leads West Indies Women to 65-run win - Cricket News
Deandra Dottin hit 82 not out off 99 balls as the West Indies Womens posted a competitive 246 for 5.
Deandra Dottin hit 82 not out off 99 balls to ensure West Indies Women triumphed over New Zealand Women by 65 runs in its second One-Day International on Sunday (September 14) at the Warner Park in St Kitts.
 
The victory has given the West Indies two more points in the eight-team ICC Women’s Championship and another win in St Kitts on Wednesday will see it join Australia in number-one position with six points. In contrast, New Zealand will aim to pull one back so that it can also get on to the scoreboard.
 
Batting first, West Indies reached a healthy 246 for 5, and though Sophie Devine (89 off 83) put up a spirited fight, she was the only New Zealand batter to go past 40 – and one of only two to go past 20 – as the visiting side was bowled out for 181 in 45.3 overs. Anisa Mohammad returned 4 for 32 from 10 overs to be the West Indies bowling star.
 
Kycia Knight and Natasha McLean had given West Indies a solid start, putting on 63 runs in 11.3 overs, with Knight (48 off 69) taking the early initiative. The partnership that put West Indies on track for a winning total though, came when Dottin, batting at No.4 and Stafanie Taylor at No.5 got together with the score 120 for 3 in 32.3 overs.
 
Both Dottin and Taylor have shown in the past that they can take the game away from the opposition with their pace of scoring, and the duo added 97 runs in just 85 balls before Taylor fell to Suzie Bates, the New Zealand captain, for a 41-ball 50. Taylor, who won the ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year awards in 2011 and 2012, hit three fours and a couple of sixes during her innings, but after she left, Dottin ensured that the West Indies didn’t lose steam in the final few overs with some big hits, ending with a second successive half-century after having hit 60 off 77 in the five-wicket win in the first ODI on Friday.
 
While Bates was the most successful New Zealand bowler with 2 for 40 in six overs, the most impressive was Georgia Guy, who returned 1 for 27 in 10 overs in just her second ODI.
 
New Zealand needed a good start from its top order, but wickets fell regularly. Bates held her end up with 38 off 46, but by the time she was out, the score was 55 for 4 in 13.2 overs, and the West Indies was firmly in control.
 
Devine, who had come in at No.5, stayed resolute and was the only one to put up a fight, but with New Zealand 138 for 8 in 39 overs, she started to look for boundaries. However, her entertaining knock that included four sixes and six boundaries came to an end in the 44th over, when she became Mohammad’s fourth and final victim, and New Zealand’s innings came to an end soon after that.
 
The third of the four-match series will be played on Wednesday.

Scores in brief 

West Indies 246-5, 50 overs (Deandra Dottin 82, Stafanie Taylor 50, Kycia Knight 48, Shemaine Campbelle 27; Suzie Bates 2-40) 

New Zealand 18, 45.3 overs (Sophie Devine 89, Suzie Bates 38, Morna Nielsen 17; Anisa Mohammed 4-32, Stafanie Taylor 2-21, Shanel Daley 2-25) 

Result – West Indies won by 65 runs 

Player of the match -  Deandra Dottin (West Indies) 

Next match – Wednesday, 17 September, in St Kitts

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