West Indies’ Women moved from 84-2 to 165 all out, in a collapse of great proportions that led to their defeat in the first One-Day International (ODI) against England’s Women in North Sound, Antigua.
The West Indian Women won the toss and opted to field first, allowing the English Women to post a mammoth 307-7.
Though their top order went early, it was Nat Sciver who steered the English to safety with a tantalising 90 from 96 balls. Eventual pick of the bowlers, Chinelle Henry, rained on Sciver’s parade when she was in sight of her sixth ODI century. Sciver’s innings comprised nine boundaries, but came to an end when she was caught by Rashada Williams off Henry’s bowling.
England’s Women were never in a spot of bother however, as Danni Wyatt picked up where Sciver left off, smashing 68 from 60 balls. Contributions also came from Amy Jones (30 runs from 29 balls) and Tammy Beaumont (33 runs from 44 balls), as the visitors got past 300 easily.
It appeared as though Henry was magnetised to the big hitters, also picking up the wicket of Wyatt in figures of 3-59 from her allotted 10 overs. Guyana’s Cherry-Ann Fraser had one scalp for 37 runs from her six overs, while Afy Fletcher and Shakera Selman accounted for the other three wickets, with figures of 2-66 from 10 and 1-45 from 7, respectively.
In reply, the home team stumbled initially, losing Aaliyah Alleyne to Kate Cross’s bowling in the third over. To add to their woes, Captain Hayley Matthews retired hurt not long after. Their recovery was one to watch as Kycia Knight and Rashada Williams build a solid foundation, before Williams was sent back to the dugout for 34 after being run out by Sciver.
In what was her 100th ODI game for the West Indies, Guyanese Shemaine Campbelle failed to trouble the scoreboard. Knight departed for 39 from 61, compliments of her namesake, Heather Knight. The Women in Maroon were now in hot water and try as Captain Matthews did, she could not help her team out of that rut. Matthews got to 34 from 32, inclusive of five fours, but West Indies’ Women were falling into a slow collapse.
By the 41st over, the hosts were bundled out for 165, losing by 142 runs. England’s Charlie Dean impressed with the ball, picking up a four-wicket haul for 35 runs from nine overs.
West Indies Women’s CG United ODI series against England will continue tomorrow, Tuesday, December 6 at the Sir Viv Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua from 14:00h (2pm) Eastern Caribbean time.