Barbadian opening pair of Kycia Knight and Hayley Matthews were in excellent form today as they led the touring West Indies Women side to a seven-wicket victory over the Canterbury Magicians at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Lincoln, New Zealand.
The hosts batted first and made a challenging 216 for 5 in 50 overs with opener Evelyn Jones top-scoring with 98 while Kate Ebrahim batting at number four contributed a well played 84. Jones and Ebrahim added 154 for the third wicket. Grenadian leg-spinner was the best of the Windies Women bowlers capturing 3 for 44 in her 10 overs.
In response, the Windies Women reached 220 for 3 in a mere 34 overs with Knight top-scoring with an unbeaten 70, Matthews making a blistering 61 and Chedean Nation, batting at number 4, contributing 55.
Matthews launched an incredible assault on the Magicians’ bowlers as she and Knight added 75 for the first wicket in just six overs and five balls. Matthews struck 13 boundaries and her runs came in a mere 27 deliveries as she took away any magic Canterbury might have been expecting in their bowling with her calculated assault.
After Matthews’ dismissal captain Stafanie Taylor fell cheaply for three but Knight was joined by Nation and the two added 109 runs before the Jamaican right-hander was out with the score on 189. Knight was joined by twin sister Kyshona and they saw the Windies to their victory.
Off-spinner Amy Satterthwaite, with 104 ODIs and 79 T20Is under her belt, was the best of the Kiwi women’s bowlers with 2 for 26.