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WI women eye win in final prelim match
West Indies women will go into tonight’s last preliminary match of the Women’s Twenty20 International Tri-nations series at Kensington Oval, Barbados, against the England aiming to iron out any kinks before the final on Saturday.
West Indies were guaranteed a spot in the final against England after New Zealand went down by 19 runs to England on Tuesday night.
Stand-in captain Jenny Gunn and allrounder Natalie Sciver led the England charge in the fifth match of the tournament. Gunn, leading England for the injured Charlotte Edwards and Sciver shared nine wickets, by unleashing a merciless bowling assault to nullify a New Zealand run chase that had a promising start.
Chasing 126 for victory, after England posted 125/8, Captain Suzie Bates and Amy Satterthwaite got the Kiwis off to a great start with a 31-run opening stand. New Zealand progressed to 97/3, but then collapsed to 106 all out. Gunn finished with 5/18, while Sciver grabbed 4/21, including a hat-trick which claimed the scalps of Maddie Green, Erin Bermingham and Frances Mackey with the score on 102. West Indies will go into tonight’s match with confidence, after defeating England by 11 runs Friday in their first encounter.
Batting first, the Windies posted a competitive 140/6 behind Stafanie Taylor’s 40 and Deandra Dottin’s 32.
Teenage sensation Shaquana Quintyne, ensured a West Indian victory, grabbing 5/16 in four overs as England could only muster 129/8.
Action gets going at 7 pm and in Saturday’s final.
AT KENSINGTON OVAL: England 125/8 (Danielle Wyatt 37, Natalie Sciver 23, Morna Nielsen 2/24) vs New Zealand 106 (Suzie Bates 46, Jenny Gunn 5/18, Sciver 4/21). England won by 19 runs.