England’s Women edge Windies’ Women by 5 runs in 1st ODI

first_imgBy BRIJ PARASNATHEngland’s experienced medium pacer Katherine Brunt,together with left-arm spinners Sophie Ecclestone and Alexandra Hartley,combined to spark England’sWomen team to a thrilling five-run win over their West Indian counterparts in their first One-Day International contested at the Trelawny Stadium, Florence Hall, Jamaica,yesterday.England’s players jumped for joy while celebrating victory in the closely-contested match.West Indies bowlers Deandra Dottin (5-0-21-3), Anisa Mohammed (6-0-17-2), Amy Fletcher (10-1-21-2), Shaquana Quintyne (7.1-0-25-1), Stafanie Taylor (5-1-19-1), Shamilia Connell (10-0-28-0) and Evra Giddings (6-0-15-0) did well to restrict England’s prolific run-getters to 149 all out in 49.1 overs.With such an easy target for victory, the West Indian batters struggled to dominate the two leftarm spinners Ecclestone and Hartley,after getting a solid start from openers Hayley Matthews (26) and Shaquana Quintyne (25),who together posted 53 runs off 15.1 overs for the opening partnership.West Indies lost all ten wickets for an addition of 91 runs and most of the players will suffer psychologically having missed a golden opportunity to take the initiative and an early lead in the five-match series.Guyanese,Shemaine Campbell,remained undefeated on 24 which included one six and two fours off 37 deliveries,and at one time it seemed as if she would have been able to carry West Indies over the victory target. But she got very limited support from the lower order as West Indies folded up for 144 all out in 44.2 overs.Hartley, in her 2nd ODIs outing; put the skids on the middle-order when she bowled Britney Cooper for a 11-ball solitary run, outfoxed Mohammed and had her LBW for no score off the first ball she received following the dismissal of West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor,in the 32nd over.Taylor had retired hurt without scoring with West Indies 54 for 1 after 15.4 overs. However, the West Indies star batter resumed her innings at 81 for 4 (23.5 overs) when Cooper (1) was comprehensively bowled by 23-year-old Hartley.Taylor had rejoined Deadra Dottin (20 not out) and together they pushed the total to 100 when three of the team’s most experienced players succumbed to the wiles of England’syounger generation of spinners.Both Taylor and Dottin were appearing in their 91st ODI, while Mohammed leads the group in her 94th ODI.Incredibly, in the space of four deliveries, all three players with over 91 matches each,faltered against virtual newcomers to the international scene.That was the turning point of the match back in favour of the English players who showed professionalism and stormed back to register an exciting victory which seemed to be within the grasp of the West Indians when openers Matthews and Quintyne laid the foundation with their 53-run first wicket stand.last_img

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