Tuesday, April 23, 2024

WI Women fall flat


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ADELAIDE – West Indies Women produced a limp performance to crash to a comprehensive 86-run loss in the second Twenty20 International of the four-match series at the Adelaide Oval here yesterday.

Chasing a challenging target of 161, the Caribbean side’s run chase never got off the ground and they hobbled to 74 for nine off their allotted 20 overs.

The defeat left them 2-0 down in the series and extended their poor record on the road.

Sent in, Australia Women were propelled by a series of cameo innings from their top three. Opener Elyse Villani top-scored with 50 off 34 balls, Jess Jonassen hammered 47 from 39 deliveries while captain Meg Lanning struck 45 from 26 balls.

The right-handed Villani struck eight fours in an attractive innings, adding 93 from 68 balls for the first wicket with left-hander Jonassen whose knock was decorated by one four and three sixes.

Both were removed by leg-spinner Shaquana Quintyne, but the innings was kept on course by a 42-run stand off 25 balls between Lanning and Jess Cameron (11).

Quintyne was the best bowler with two for 32 from her four overs.

In reply, prolific opener Stafanie Taylor top-scored with 19 and was one of only three players in double figures as the batting collapsed.

West Indies slumped to five for two in the second over with Hayley Matthews and Deandra Dottin (1) both back in the pavilion. They slipped further to 19 for 3 in the sixth over before Taylor and Shemaine Campbelle (15) staged the biggest stand of the innings – 20. (CMC)



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