West Indies Women beaten in thriller

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

TRELAWNY, Ja­maica (CMC): EST INDIES Women suf­fered a nar­row five-run de­feat to Eng­land women in a thrilling opener to their five-match one-day in­ter­na­tional se­ries at Florence Hall here yes­ter­day.

De­an­dra Dot­tin grabbed three wick­ets for 21 runs while Anisa Mo­hammed and Afy Fletcher each picked up two to re­strict Eng­land to 149 all out on a slow sur­face at the Trelawny Sta­dium.

West Indies were bowled out for 144 after a half-cen­tury open­ing stand, a se­ries of stum­bles in which they lost three wick­ets while the score re­mained on 100 and a fight­ing ef­fort by She­maine Camp­belle, who took her side close to the tar­get.

WDot­tin top-scored with 27, Hay­ley Matthews, 26, Shaquana Quin­tyne, 25 ,while She­maine Camp­belle was un­beaten on 24. Eng­land, who won the toss and de­cided to bat, were re­duced to 49 for four as medium-pacer Dot­tin de­stroyed the toporder ac­count­ing for Tammy Beau­mont, Ge­or­gia El­wiss and Heather Knight for a duck.

WY­ATT TO THE RES­CUE

Opener Lau­ren Win­field scored 24, but it was Danni Wy­att who res­cued the Eng­land in­nings with a top-score of 44 and was ably sup­ported by Amy Jones, who scored 20.

The two stitched to­gether 45 runs in an im­por­tant part­ner­ship which ended when Wy­att holed out to cover of Afi Fletcher, who fin­ished with two wick­ets for 21 runs.

Mo­hammed fin­ished with two wick­ets for 17 runs as Eng­land were bowled out in the fi­nal over of the in­nings.

Open­ers Matthews and Quin­tyne added 53 for the first wicket un­til they were re­moved by 17-year-old debu­tant So­phie Ec­cle­stone as Eng­land spin­ners be­gan mak­ing in­roads to re­duce West Indies to 100 for seven.

Dot­tin threat­ened for a while, but even­tu­ally holed out while Stafanie Tay­lor, who re­turned after re­tir­ing hurt, and Mo­hammed were all dis­missed with the score on 100, putting the vis­i­tors in con­trol.

The sec­ond game in the five-match se­ries takes place to­mor­row at the same venue.

WICB ME­DIA PHOTO

From left: Anisa Mo­hammed, Merissa Aguilleira, De­an­dra Dot­tin, and Brit­ney Cooper cel­e­brate the fall of an English wicket dur­ing the first one-day in­ter­na­tional be­tween West Indies Women and Eng­land Women at the Trelawny Sta­dium yes­ter­day.

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