WI Women, Eng­land square of f at Sabina

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Jer­maine Lan­na­man Gleaner Writer

WEST INDIES Women and Eng­land Women will square off at Sabina Park to­day in the third game of their five-match one­day in­ter­na­tional se­ries.

Set for a 9:30 a.m. start, West Indies will en­ter the con­test on a high after win­ning the se­cond game by 38 runs at the Trelawny Sta­dium to level the se­ries.

Eng­land claimed the first en­counter, also played in Trelawny, by a mere five runs.

“Our aim re­mains to win the se­ries,” stated West Indies cap­tain Stafanie Tay­lor.

“It was en­cour­ag­ing to see the way we fought back, and if we con­tinue to show that form, I can only see us get­ting bet­ter re­sults.”

West Indies, in win­ning their en­counter, had Tay­lor and bat­ting all-rounder De­an­dra Dot­tin to thank and will be hop­ing the pair can lead the way once again.

Tay­lor hit a top score of 56, while Dot­tin sup­ported with 21 in their mod­est to­tal of 148.

Dot­tin, bowl­ing medium pace, then claimed four for 19 off 6.4 overs, bowl­ing at the death of the in­nings.

Eng­land will be hop­ing that the form of left-armer Alex Hart­ley will con­tinue, as well as open­ing pacer Kather­ine Brunt.

Hart­ley, bowl­ing mostly at the end of the in­nings, has taken seven wick­ets so far, while Brunt has picked up five.

The vis­i­tors will also be hop­ing that cap­tain Heather Knight and top bat­ter Natalie Sciver will im­prove from their lead­ing scores of 27 and 26 in the last fix­ture.

“We will be look­ing to go at them very hard as we have been play­ing some good cricket on the tour so far,” Knight said.

“We’ve got a few lit­tle things to tweak and, hope­fully, we will do so in this game. We also would like to take the fi­nal three games, know­ing that if we do, it would qual­ify us for the World Cup.”

The West Indies would also qual­ify for the World Cup if they win the re­main­ing three matches of the se­ries.

Aus­tralia, on 30 points, have al­ready qual­i­fied, with West Indies, 20; Eng­land, 19; and New Zealand, 16, the next best teams.

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