Suzie Bates, the New Zealand Women captain, made it 2-0 in her team’s favour in the three-match one-day international series against Windies Women, with a sparkling unbeaten 101 on Thursday, 8 March. But more than her personal feats, she was delighted by the all-round performance of the team.
In the first match, the home side narrowly won by one run in a thriller. In the second, they were keen not to leave it till the end, and ensured a dominant performance for a comfortable eight-wicket victory.
They first restricted Windies to 194 after putting them in, and chased down the target in just 30.4 overs.
“We asked the bowlers and fielders in particular to make some improvements from game 1 and I thought we were outstanding in the field and our bowlers really stepped up. To keep them under 200 on that wicket was just outstanding. It made [the openers’] job easier,” said Bates after the match.
Sophie Devine set the tone with a neat catch off the bowling of Lea Tahuhu for the first wicket, and the New Zealand fielders kept that up.
“We thought we were below average in game 1,” said Bates. “We were much better with our energy and getting through the overs and we took some pretty good catches.”
The wicket of the dangerous Deandra Dottin was a huge moment in the match, the captain said, praising the efforts of Leigh Kasperek, who finished with four wickets for the day. And then, the 175-run opening stand between Bates and Devine “took the game away from them”.
“After their batting innings, we thought it’d be slow but it came on really nicely. Once we both got into the innings, it was just a matter of taking it as deep as we could,” said Bates.
The third ODI of the series, which is part of the ICC Women’s Championship, will be on 11 March.