De­ci­sive clash for Windies women

West Indies, Eng­land women seek ODI se­ries clincher

Jamaica Gleaner - - FRONT PAGE -

IT SHOULD be a bat­tle royal when the West Indies Women and Eng­land Women meet in the fifth and de­cid­ing game of their five­match one-day in­ter­na­tional ODI) se­ries at Sabina Park to­day, be­gin­ning at 9:30 a.m.

The se­ries, which has ebbed and flowed since it got un­der way two weeks ago, will see both teams en­ter­ing the con­test high on con­fi­dence af­ter shar­ing the other fix­tures 2-2.

The opener, which was played at the Trelawny Multi-Pur­pose Sta­dium, first saw the English nar­rowly squeez­ing home by five runs, with the sec­ond en­counter, also played at the same venue, end­ing in a 38-run vic­tory for the re­gional side.

This trad­ing of wins was to con­tinue at Sabina Park where Eng­land, af­ter post­ing 220, went on to dis­miss the West Indies for a lowly 108 and with it se­cured a 112- run tri­umph.

Not to be out­done, how­ever, the West Indies, on the back of a fine Player-of-the-Match per­for­mance from cap­tain Stafanie Tay­lor, ral­lied to score a se­rieshigh 223 for six off their max­i­mum 50 overs.

The English there­after could only muster 181, thus giv­ing the Caribbean women a 42-run win.

‘’Go­ing into the se­ries, we al­ways thought it would be a close one as, though we re­cently won the Twenty20 World Cup, we know of the depth and tal­ent of Eng­land,’’ noted Tay­lor.

‘’It was there­fore good for us to bat­ten down and play some dis­ci­plined and ba­sic cricket and for the most part, I think we have done that.

‘’It is just for us now to go in the fi­nal game and play our best game of the se­ries, and hope­fully we will come out of top,” Tay­lor noted.

Lead­ing from the front, Tay­lor is the lead­ing runs get­ter for the West Indies with two half-cen­turies, the last of which – a solid 85 – came in the last game.

With this in mind, the world’s num­ber one all-rounder will again be look­ing to fire and will be hop­ing for sup­port from the likes of opener Shaquana Quin­tyne, the hard-hit­ting De­an­dra Dot­tin, and for­mer cap­tain and wick­et­keeper Merissa Aguilleira.

Bowl­ing-wise, Tay­lor was also ef­fec­tive in game four with fig­ures of three for 22 bowl­ing her off spin and will not only look to re­peat such a per­for­mance, but also hope that her front-line bowlers will pull their weight.

These in­clude pacer Shamilia Con­nell, all-rounder Dot­tin and leg-spin­ner Afy Fletcher.

Eng­land, in the mean­time, will look for most runs from in­form opener Lau­ren Winfield, who scored back-to-back 50s in the third and fourth matches; her part­ner Tammy Beau­mont, who hit 57 in the last game; and cap­tain Heather Knight and Natalie Sciver, their two most fear­some bat­ters.

As it re­lates to their bowl­ing, the usu­ally ac­cu­rate left-arm spin­ner, Alex Hart­ley, open­ing seamer Kather­ine Brunt and pacer Jenny Gunn should shoul­der re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

PHOTO BY WICB ME­DIA/ATHEL­STAN BEL­LAMY

Mem­bers of the West Indies Women’s cricket team cel­e­brate af­ter cap­tain Stafanie Tay­lor (sec­ond left) had taken a wicket dur­ing the fourth one-day in­ter­na­tional on Sun­day at Sabina Park.

IAN ALLEN/PHOTOGRAPHER

Eng­land cap­tain Heather Knight (right) col­lides with Cather­ine Brunt as she takes a catch to dis­miss West Indies cap­tain Stafanie Tay­lor (out of pic­ture) dur­ing the fourth ODI at Sabina Park on Sun­day.

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