West Indies Women’s captain Stafanie Taylor believes a failure to adapt to the playing surface resulted in their downfall against England at Derby on Monday.
Taylor’s side managed 116 for 6 in their 20 overs chasing an England total of 163 for 8 set by the hosts who took first strike. England’s match-winning total was due largely to the innings of Player of the Match Tammy Beaumont who scored 62 from 49 balls aided by some wayward bowling from the Caribbean women.
Deandra Dottin led the scoring for the West Indies with a 59-ball 69 but no other made double figures as the West Indies struggled to keep pace with the required rate of just over eight runs an over.
Taylor was not happy with the performances.
“It’s not one of our best [performances]. We didn’t adapt well to the pitch,” she said.
Tammy batted really well and set the game up nicely for them. Looking back at that, we thought we were always behind and had to gain some momentum going into the batting.”
Taylor conceded that the bowlers and the batters let the team down.
“Some bowlers bowled well in patches but… not the best, really. Deandra batted well, but she needed someone to stay there with her,” said the despondent Windies captain.
“We thought too many dot balls strangled us a bit. We needed to go back to the footage and assess it and see areas we can improve on. We have a training day tomorrow just to fine-tune for Wednesday’s game.”
The next match in the five-match series bowls off tomorrow. (SportsMax)