WI Women ‘dis­ap­pointed’ af­ter con­ced­ing se­ries

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Jer­maine Lan­na­man Gleaner Writer

WEST INDIES Women lost against Eng­land Women by five wick­ets in their fifth and fi­nal one-day in­ter­na­tional (ODI) cricket en­counter at Sabina Park yes­ter­day, which in the process al­lowed the vis­i­tors to claim a 3-2 se­ries vic­tory.

In what was a less-than-ideal bat­ting dis­play, West Indies Women, af­ter win­ning the toss, were bowled out for a mod­est 155 in 47.1 overs, with Eng­land re­ply­ing with 158 for five off 38.5 overs.

Lead­ing the bat­ting charge for the West Indies was tal­is­manic opener and joint Player of the Se­ries, Stafanie Tay­lor, who in record­ing her third half-cen­tury of the se­ries, a well-played 57, made most runs for the re­gional women.

Mid­dle-or­der bat­ter, Brit­ney Cooper, 23, and opener Hay­ley Matthews, 22, were the next best scor­ers against Player of the Match and the other joint Player-of-the-Se­ries, left-arm spin­ner Alex Hart­ley, who took four for 24.

The Eng­lish, in pur­suit of the vic­tory tar­get, were led by an un­beaten 58 from front­line bat­ter Natalie Sciver.

This was in ad­di­tion to knocks of 34 from opener Tammy Beau­mont and 29 from cap­tain Heather Knight.

“It’s dis­ap­point­ing that we were not able to pull it off, but this is what hap­pens when you don’t show up,” said Tay­lor. “We had backed our­selves to get a to­tal closer to 200, but that did not hap­pen and it gave them a low to­tal to chase.

“But, over­all, I am proud of the ef­fort of the girls in the se­ries, and it is for us to learn from this ex­pe­ri­ence go­ing for­ward.”

Knight, in the mean­time, Eng­land’s wick­et­keeper Amy Jones (cen­tre) re­joices in the dis­missal of West Indies’ Stafanie Tay­lor (right). praised the fight shown by her charges through­out the se­ries.

“It was tough se­ries, but we al­ways knew we had what it take to come out on top,’’ Knight said. ‘’It was all about ap­pli­ca­tion and in the fi­nal match I thought we did that bril­liantly.”

LEAPFROGGED COM­PE­TI­TION

The re­sult also en­sured that the Eng­lish leapfrogged the re­gional women in the multi-year eight-team ICC Women’s Cham­pi­onship, which also serves as a qual­i­fier for next year’s In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil (ICC) Women’s World Cup.

Eng­land are now on 23 points, one more than the West Indies head­ing into their fi­nal set of matches next month.

The West Indies will next play away to In­dia, while Eng­land are sched­uled to travel to Sri Lanka.

World cham­pi­ons and early qual­i­fiers Aus­tralia, on 30 points, lead the stand­ings with New Zealand fourth on 20 and South Africa next on 17.

The top four teams at the end of the cham­pi­onship, which of­fers two points for a win and one for a no-re­sult, will au­to­mat­i­cally ad­vance to the World Cup, with the other four down to con­test a play-off se­ries with two ICC As­so­ciate mem­ber coun­tries.

WICB ME­DIA/ ATHELSTAN BEL­LAMY

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