Thursday 26 November, 2020

Windies women facing whitewash against England after crushing defeat

West Indies all-rounder Aaliyah Alleyne appeals during the 4th T20I against England women at Derby on September 29, 2020. (Photo by Cricket West Indies Media).

West Indies all-rounder Aaliyah Alleyne appeals during the 4th T20I against England women at Derby on September 29, 2020. (Photo by Cricket West Indies Media).

West Indies women were no match for England women as they lost the fourth Vitality T20 International by 44 runs in Derby on Tuesday.

Amy Jones and captain Heather Knight set up the victory for England.

Jones' 55 from 37 balls, coupled with Knight's 42, helped England recover from 45 for three to post 166 for six from their allotted 20 overs.

West Indies lost star player Deandra Dottin off the third ball of the chase and slumped to 67 for five on their way to 122 for nine off their 20 overs, another embarassing defeat although they shuffled their line-up and made changes to their team for the fourth straight match.

It was the first time in the series that Dottin was dismissed for single digits.  Shemaine Campbelle joined Lee-Ann Kirby and the pair started a cautious rebuild of the innings despite a required run-rate of 8.36 per over.

Kirby's poor series continued when she inside-edged Nat Sciver on to her stumps and was bowled for four to leave West Indies struggling on 26 for two in the third over

All-rounder Aaliyah Alleyne and Chedean Nation held a sixth-wicket record partnership of 38 runs for the West Indies against England, surpassing the previous record of 30 between Shanel Daley and Britney Cooper which stood since 2010.

However, this partnership was not enough to sustain the innings. Nation from Jamaica was the highest scorer for West Indies with 30, followed by Alleyne with 15.  Campbelle was lbw to Sophie Ecclestone for 11 and captain Stafanie Taylor was bowled for 13 trying to cut leg-spinner Sarah Glenn.

Glenn again impressed for England, taking two for 15, and Katherine Brunt finished with two for 21.

Earlier, Jones and Knight rescued England as for third time in four tosses they won and elected to bat first first.

A good opening spell from Alleyne saw Danni Wyatt and Sciver caught behind as England slumped to 22 for two in the fourth overs.

Wyatt went for a four-ball duck and Sciver for six. Tammy Beaumont had a good start but it was ended as she was trapped lbw by off-spinner Karishma Ramharack for 27.

Jones was dropped on two at mid-wicket by Kirby. The West Indies were able to tie down Jones and Knight before Shabika Gajnabi entered the attack. Her sole over disappeared for 17 runs, Knight hitting her third ball for six, and West Indies faltered.

Knight was caught behind off the bowling of Shamilia Connell. Knight's 42 runs came off 30 balls and included five fours and a six.  Jones continued the attack. Her 30-ball half-century contained just five dot balls, compared to five fours and two sixes, and she was particularly strong against the spinners.

Brunt supported well by smashing an unbeaten 25 from 17 balls to ensure England finished strongly with their most aggressive performance with the bat so far. England's innings included 19 fours and five sixes against an increasingly ragged West Indies attack.

The fifth and final match in the series takes place at the same ground on Wednesday and it will take something special from West Indies to avoid being whitewashed.



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