Friday 7 August, 2020

West Indies women whitewashed

West Indies women suffered a 3-0 whitewash against Australia women in their One-Day International (ODI) series when they lost the final match by eight wickets at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Wednesday.

It represents the first time in 16 years that the West Indies women lost an ODI series at home.

Megan Schutt's history-making ODI hat-trick and opener Alyssa Healy's blazing 50 led Australia to a fifth-consecutive one-day series sweep.

Schutt became the first Australian woman to take an ODI hat-trick when she cleaned up the West Indies tail with three wickets from the final three balls of the innings.

Set a victory target of 181 for a 3-0 series sweep, Australia replied with 182 for two to win the match in the 32nd over with eight wickets in hand.  West Indies were earlier bowled out for 180 after Schutt scalped the wickets of Chinelle Henry,  Karishma Ramharack and Afy Fletcher, to finish with three 24, while Jess Jonassen had two for eight.

Australia got off to a flyer courtesy of  Healy, who smashed 61 runs from 32 deliveries, which included 11-fours and a six and then Meg Lanning (58no) and Ellye Perry(33no) saw Australia home.

Captain Stafanie Taylor finished with bowling figures of one for 25 while Afy Fletcher took one for 30.

Winning the toss and electing to bat first for the first time in the series, the West Indies women found it tough to get the scoring started.  Reniece Boyce opened the batting with Britney Cooper who replaced the injured Kycia Knight. Boyce fell for one, while Cooper and Kyshona Knight looked to consolidate the early loss.

Cooper didn’t last long either as she ran out of defensive blocks, caught for 16 as she was trying to get the scoring tempo going.

Taylor joined  Knight and the pair looked set to take the West Indies women to a solid and defendable total. Both batsmen stroking the quick singles and rotating strikes when the Aussie bowling was tight. They picked up the odd boundary to accelerate the scoring and push the total towards 100. But Jess Jonassen did what she’s done the entire series, break flourishing partnerships, she had Knight going after a slog-sweep, only for the ball to come off the bottom of the bat and on to her stumps. She fell for a top-score of 40.

Taylor was joined by Natasha McLean, whose misery with the bat continued for the third time in as many games. After blocking and defending for four balls, McLean misjudged one from Georgia Wareham, giving Ash Gardner the softest and easiest of catches as the ball popped up in the air. Nineteen runs later, Taylor became Gardner’s bowling victim when she edged one to Jonassen for 23.

But the West Indies Innings was not without fireworks as Henry and the newly minted Sheneta Grimmond smashed together a 64-run partnership, which saw two huge sixes from Grimmond.

Henry was not to be outdone as she found the boundary rope five times on her way to a score of 39, while Grimmond made 34.

Taylor said there were positives despite the series loss, “Seeing two young developing players come through is a positive for us and I believe the way forward is having young players coming through. And it’s good that we had Gajnabi and Grimmond showing us the positive way to play our cricket and I thought that was brilliant from both of them.”

The tour now moves onto the T20I section with the first game on Sunday in Bridgetown.

Stafanie added that “going forward to the T20 series, we just have to stay positive and we have three T20I games to play. And we just have to carry over the positives that we’ve identified in this ODI series into the next.”


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