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Smartt and Dottin star

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BASSETERRE – Fast bowler Tremayne Smartt grabbed a five-wicket haul and all-rounder Deandra Dottin hit a half-century to guide the West Indies Women to an easy five-wicket victory over New Zealand Women in the opening One-Day International of the four-match cricket series at Warner Park yesterday.

Smartt took a career-best five for 24 in ten impressive overs as the White Ferns, who won the toss and batted, were dismissed for a modest 142 in 44.1 overs.

Left-arm spinner Shanel Daley, who shared the new ball with Smartt, took two for 32 off her ten overs.

In reply, Dottin, making a return to the regional team after suspension, smashed seven fours and a six in the top score of 60 to pilot the Windies to 145 for five in 40.1 overs, winning with 59 balls to spare.

Dottin came to the crease at 36 for two after the early loss of Natasha McLean for five and Kycia Knight for 21.

She featured in a third-wicket stand of 58 in 14 overs with Stafanie Taylor, who made a patient 21 off 51 balls with three fours.

After Dottin was fourth out at 126 and captain Merissa Aguilleira followed for a first-ball “duck” at the same score in the space of two deliveries from medium-pacer Suzie Bates, Shemaine Campbelle (18 not out) and Daley (13 not out) saw the Windies Women home.

Earlier, Smartt made a decisive strike with the fourth ball of the match, bowling New Zealand captain Bates for a “duck”. She then trapped Sara McGlashan leg before wicket for one in her next over.

After Amy Satterthwaite was stumped by Aguilleira off off-spinner Anisa Mohammed for a fluent 33, which contained five fours, at 59 for four, New Zealand progressed to 129 without further loss.

But Smartt returned for a second spell and ended the 70-run fifth-wicket partnership between joint joint top-scorers Sophie Devine and Katie Perkins, who both made 36, by removing the former.

She added the scalps of wcketkeeper Rachel Priest (4) and Lea Tahuhu, who failed to score as New Zealand lost their last five wickets for just 13 runs. (EZS)

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