BASSETERRE – West Indies Women took an unassailable 3-0 lead in their four match One-Day International series against New Zealand Women with a crushing eight-wicket victory at Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts today.
Batting first, the White Ferns were bundled out for a paltry 69 in 32.2 overs with Rachel Priest getting the top score of 19. Pacer Shakera Selman did the most damage claiming 5 for 15 while off-spinner Anisa Mohammed snared three wickets for 11 runs to complete the demolition.
West Indies Women then romped to 72 for 2 in the 18th for the easy victory. Star batters Stafanie Taylor and Deandra Dottin finished unbeaten on 23 and 21 respectively.
Hoping to haul themselves back into the series following defeats in the two previous matches, New Zealand were routed early by Selman, crashing to 38 for six and never recovering.
Selman removed Sam Curtis in the third over without scoring, caught at the wicket pushing forward defensively and then claimed Sara McGlashan in her next over for two with the score on eight, swinging across a full length delivery.
Amy Satterthwaite scored just two before slicing a drive to gully to give Selman her third wicket and Sophie Devine was guilty of playing across and was lbw to Selman for five with the score on 25 for four in the 11th over.
Medium pacer Tremayne Smartt claimed the prized wicket of Suzie Bates, caught at mid-off by Britney Cooper off a leading edge, after the skipper had batted an hour and faced 35 balls for her 13.
And West Indies Women were well on top at 38 for six when the experienced Katie Perkins miscued a pull at Selman to McLean at mid-on to fall for one in the 15th over.
Priest and Maddie Green added 24 for the seventh wicket – the best partnership of the innings – as they tried to rally the New Zealand innings. However, once Green top-edged a sweep at Mohammed to Smartt at backward square leg, the last four innings fell for just seven runs.
The West Indies Women’s innings was opened by Kycia Knight and Natasha McLean and the two added 20 before Knight was run out for 13 by Bates following a mix-up with her partner. McLean was then lbw by off-spinner Georgia Guy for 10 with the score on 36. There would be no chance of an unexpected meltdown by the regional girls, though, as Taylor and Dottin saw the team quickly to victory.
The final match of the ODI series is on Friday. Selman was named Player of the Match.