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England goes 1-0 up in ODI series
Although dominated in the T20 series, England showed their experience in the longer format of the game, as they easily defeated the West Indies Women by seven wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series at the Queen’s Park Oval last night. Chasing just 120 runs for victory after Katie Cross grabbed four wickets to bowl out the home team for just 119, the English girls got home with three wickets to spare. They dominated the match from the onset and totally outplayed the Windies. Even, with the ball not coming onto the bat, the English had the necessary discipline that seems to have deserted the girls in maroon, who played the game in true T20 style. England lost their skipper Charlotte Edwards early on but their other stalwart Sarah Taylor spanked 55 off 74 balls with five fours to ensure the victory. Taylor and Lauren Winfield 31 added64 runs for the second wicket to take the Windies out of the contest.
Rain made an appearance with England 20 for one and on the resumption their target was increased to 127 under the Duckworth/Lewis method. Taylor used all her experience and the others rallied around her to give the Poms the lead in the series. Earlier, the West Indies batters would have been very crossed with themselves as the top order was reduced to tatters by English opener Katie Cross. After winning the toss and deciding to take first strike on a slow Queen’s Park pitch, the Windies soon found themselves wobbling at 14 for three and star player Stephanie Taylor among the casualties. Cross was almost unplayable with the new ball but was aided by poor shot selection from the homsters. Shemaine Campbell and player of the series in the Tr-nation tournament Deandra Dottin then propped up the innings with a 39-run stand of 56 balls but just as they had weathered the storm and was pressing on the accelerator, both fell in quick succession. Campbell perished for 19 off 24 balls with a four and six, while Dottin walked off for the same score off 39 balls with a six and two fours.
With the score 53 for five it would have taken a miraculous recovery to post a decent score and although Shaquana Quintyne hammered 42 and Tremaine Smartt 13, the miracle never arrived. Quintyne using forthright methods scorched her 42 off 50 balls with the help of a five and three fours, while Smartt had a lone boundary in her 13. Cross although expensive later on in the innings, finished with 4/51 off her 10 overs, while medium pacer Natalie Sciver took 3/19. Another impressive bowler on the day was left arm orthodox spinner Holly Colvin who snared two for seven off 10 overs, six of which were maidens. The third and final game of the series will be played tomorrow at the Oval starting at 2 pm and the Windies will be looking to level the series, after the first match was abandoned due to rain.
West Indies Women vs England Women
K Knight c Edwards b Cross 0
J Ogle c Sciver b Cross 6
S Taylor c Taylor b Cross 8
S Campbell c Edwards b Colvin 19
D Dottin c Taylor b Sciver 19
M Aguilliera b Cross 8
S Daley c Winfield b Sciver 1
S Quintyne c&b Colvin 42
A Mohammed b Gunn 1
T Smartt b Sciver 13
S Munroe not out 4
Extras nb1, w4 5
Total all out (38.1ovs) 126
Fall of wkts: 0, 13, 14, 53, 53, 56, 81, 86, 118, 126.
Bowling: K Cross 10-0-51-4, J Gunn 8-1-19-1, H Colvin 10-6-7-2, D Hazell 4-0-27-0, N Sciver 5.1-1-19-3, D Wyatt 1-0-3-0.
C Edwards lbw Munroe 6
L Winfield c Daley b Smartt 31
S Taylor not out 55
L Greenway c&b Taylor 20
T Beaumont not out 9
Extras w6 6
Total for 2 wickets (33.3) 127
Fall of wkts: 12, 76, 112.
Bowling: T Smartt 8-2-17-1, S Munroe 6-0-20-1, S Daley 6-1-22-0, A Mohammed 4-0-25-0, S Quintyne 2.3-0-14-0, D Dottin 2-0-9-0, S Taylor 5-0-20-1.
Result: England won by 7 wkts.
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