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West Indies makes strong start in ICC Women’s Championship

Hosts win first match by five wickets against New Zealand

West Indies makes strong start in ICC Women’s Championship - Cricket News
West Indies players celebrate a wicket.

West Indies made a strong start to the ICC Women’s Championship when it defeated New Zealand by five wickets in the first One-Day International in St Kitts on Friday.

Fast bowler Tremayne Smartt took five for 24 to help West Indies skittle out New Zealand for 142 in 44.1 overs and then Deandra Dottin hit 60 off 77 balls as the home side romped home with five wickets and just under 10 overs to spare.

This was the West Indies’ fourth victory over New Zealand in 12 One-Day Internationals. New Zealand still leads the head-to-head with seven victories, while the March 2005 match in the ICC Women’s World Cup in Pretoria was washed out.

The victory has given the West Indies two points in the ICC Women’s Championship, but with two more matches to be playedon Sunday and Wednesday, New Zealand can bounce back and not only get on the points table but also win the series.

New Zealand, electing to bat first, lost its last six wickets for just 13 runs in almost seven overs to be bowled out for 142 in 44.1 overs. After New Zealand had slipped to 59 for four, Sophie Devine (36) and Katie Perkins (36) had repaired by damage by adding 70 runs for the fifth wicket.

However, when New Zealand looked set to post a competitive score, Smartt, who later won player of the match award, returned and broke the partnership by dismissing Devine. This dismissal triggered a collapse, as New Zealand’s lower middle-order fell like a house of cards. Smartt’s scalps also included Suzie Bates (0), Sarah McGlashan (1), Rachel Priest (4) and Lea Tahuhu (0).

In its target chase, the West Indies lost a couple of early wickets but Stafanie Taylor (21) and Dottin (60) put on 58 runs for the third wicket to swing the balance of the match back in the home side’s favour. And though the West Indies lost Dottin and captain Merissa Aguilleira (0) at the score of 126, Shemaine Campbelle (18 not out) made sure there were no further hiccups.

Dottin, who had entered the series as the 12th ranked batter, faced 77 balls and hit fours and a six.

For New Zealand, Bates picked up two for 17 while debutant Georgia Guy snapped up two for 26.

Summarised scores:

New Zealand Women – 142 all out, 44.1 overs (Sophie Devine 36, Katie Perkins 36, Amy Satterthwaite 33; Tremayne Smartt 5-24, Shanel Daley 2-32)

West Indies Women – 145-5, 40.1 overs (Deandra Dottin 60, Stafanie Taylor 21, Kycia Knight 21, Shemaine Campbelle 18 not out; Suzie Bates 2-17, Georgia Guy 2-26)

Result – West Indies Women won by five wickets

Player of the match - Tremayne Smartt (West Indies Women)

Next match – Sunday 14 Sep, St Kitts

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