England women clinch series
Sarah Taylor with the bat and Arran Brindle with the ball push West Indies out by 10 runs
Sarah Taylor in action.
West Indies came up just short as England won the third women’s T20I by 10 runs at Northampton.
The hosts take the five-match series with two games to spare thanks to a disciplined performance in the field defending a small total.
West Indies can take heart from restricting England to 103-7 thanks to outstanding performances in the middle of the innings from spinner Anisa Mohammed (2-11) and medium-pacer Shemaine Campbelle (2-14).
Sarah Taylor continued her fine batting form by top scoring with 27 but no other England batsman passed the 17 made at the top of the innings by Charlotte Edwards.
Left-armer Shanel Daley (2-18) also impressed for West Indies as the tourists chased their first win of the series.
West Indies had been given a boost ahead of the match with the return of Stafanie Taylor who missed the first two matches due to exams.
The opening batsman could not make an immediate impact on her return as she was one of two early victims for Arran Brindle.
Batting was tough going for the women from the Caribbean as they did not reach 50 until the 13th over.
Holly Colvin decimated the middle order in a fine spell of 3-12 from her four overs but there was still hope for as long as big-hitting Deandra Dottin remained.
Brindle (3-16) returned for the 18th over and seemed to have finished the match as a contest when she picked up her third wicket to remove Shaquana Quintyne for a single.
Dottin then hit a four and a six off the right-armer’s last two deliveries to partially dent Brindle’s figures and give her side a glimmer of hope.
But, with 18 needed off 11 balls, Katherine Brunt bowled Dottin for 24 off 17 balls to end the West Indies resistance as they were eventually dismissed for 93 with four balls to spare.
The teams move onto Hove for Saturday’s fourth T20I.