Dot­tin backs WI Women to bounce back today

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Jer­maine Lan­na­man Gleaner Writer

FRONT­LINE BAT­TER De­an­dra Dot­tin is back­ing West Indies Women to bounce back in Game Two of their five-match one-day in­ter­na­tional se­ries against Eng­land Women at the Trelawny Mul­ti­pur­pose Sta­dium today.

The Caribbean women, de­spite a de­cent bowl­ing per­for­mance, lost the first en­counter by a nar­row five runs in the first game, which was played at the same venue last Satur­day.

“It was tough the way we lost the opener, but there were a lot of pos­i­tives to take from it,” stated Dot­tin, who was the West Indies lead­ing bowler and bats­man on the day.

“We bowled pretty well to re­strict them to a to­tal un­der 150 and started well in our vic­tory chase. We, how­ever, lost wick­ets at cru­cial points, which af­fected our mo­men­tum.”

Elect­ing to bat, after win­ning the toss, Eng­land were bowled out for 149 with five de­liv­er­ies to spare.

Dot­tin, bowl­ing medium pace, was the pick of the bowlers for the home team with three for 21, while there were two wick­ets each for Afy Fletcher and off-spinner Anisa Mo­hammed.

CHAS­ING RUNS

The run chase then started with West Indies open­ers Hay­ley Matthews, who made 26, and Shaquana Quin­tyne, 25, putting on 59 for the first wicket.

How­ever, cou­pled with a ham­string in­jury to mar­quee bat­ter and cap­tain Stafanie Tay­lor and a reg­u­lar loss of wick­ets, the West Indies failed to cap­i­talise on their start and were bowled out for 144 with 5.4 overs re­main­ing.

Dot­ting top-scored with 27, West Indies wick­et­keeper Merissa Aguilleira (left) gath­ers the ball watched by Eng­land’s Lau­ren Whitfield from an Afy Fletcher (right) de­liv­ery dur­ing the first One-day In­ter­na­tional be­tween West Indies Women and Eng­land Women on Satur­day at the Trelawny Multi-Pur­pose Sports Com­plex.

DOT­TIN

while the other no­table con­trib­u­tor was lower-or­der bat­ter Sher­maine Camp­belle, who ended un­beaten on 24.

Open­ing pacer Kather­ine Brunt, who wrapped up the West Indies in­nings by claim­ing the last two wick­ets, ended with three for 24 off 9.2 overs,

while left-arm spinner Alex Hart­ley took three for 26 off nine overs.

“What the first game shows is that this could be a very com­pet­i­tive se­ries,’’ re­marked Dot­tin. “It is for us, there­fore, to dig deep and come out with bet­ter per­for­mances.”

The fi­nal three matches of the se­ries, to be played at Sabina Park, will be played as part of the ICC Women Cham­pi­onship, which is be­ing used as a qual­i­fier for next sum­mer’s ICC Women’s World Cup in Eng­land.

Aus­tralia, lead­ers of the cham­pi­onship with 30 points, has al­ready qual­i­fied for the World Cup, with West Indies, on 20 points, sec­ond; Eng­land, on 19 points, third; and New Zealand, 16 points, fourth.

Two points are awarded for a match vic­tory, with one point of­fered for a no-re­sult. The eight-team cham­pi­onship will cli­max later this year.

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