NORTH SOUND, Antigua – West Indies Women suffered a narrow defeat in the opening One-Day International against New Zealand Women today, to fall behind in the three-match series at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.
In a rain-marred contest reduced to 35 overs per side due to protracted delay at the start, West Indies Women gathered 168 for seven with Chinelle Henry top-scoring with 44 batting at number seven and Kyshona Knight hitting 36.
In reply, Player-of-the-Match Suzie Bates top-scored with 51 from 65 deliveries while Amelia Kerr chipped in with an important 47. Off-spinning all-rounder and captain Hayley Matthews captured three for 28 but when bad light ended play abruptly, the visitors were 159 for five off 33 overs – five runs ahead on Duckworth-Lewis-Stern.
“Unfortunately, bad light gave New Zealand the result but we have two more games to look forward to so we have to pick ourselves up and keep moving,” Henry said post-match.
Sent in, West Indies Women made a steady start through the recalled Natasha McLean (20) and Rashada Williams (19) who put on 29 for the first wicket.
However, once the partnership was broken, the home side lost five wickets for 45 runs to collapse to 74 for five in the 21st over, before Henry and Knight patched up the innings with an 83-run, sixth wicket stand.
Henry faced 34 balls and struck four fours while Knight played the supporting role in a 61-ball knock which included a single four.
In reply, Bates anchored two key stands up front to put New Zealand in control of the chase. First, she put on 54 for the first wicket with captain Sophie Devine who mde 25 from 24 balls, before adding a further 47 for the second wicket with Kerr.
Bates counted half-dozen fours in a 65-ball stay at the crease before falling in the 21st over while Kerr faced 67 deliveries and lashed four fours in posting another 31 for the third wicket with Maddy Green (18).
A collapse where three wickets tumbled for 18 runs made the finish interesting before bad light became the ultimate factor.
WEST INDIES WOMEN
+R Williams c Green b Jensen 19
N McLean c wkp Gaze b Rowe 20
S Gajnabi run out 13
S Taylor c Devine b Jonas 8
*H Matthews lbw b Jonas 2
Kyshona Knight c Jonas b J Kerr 36
C Henry c Halliday b J Kerr 44
S Selman not out 4
A Fletcher not out 2
Extras (b1, lb3, w16) 20
TOTAL (7 wkts, 35 overs) 168
Did not bat: K Ramharack, S Connell
Fall of wickets: 1-29, 2-48, 3-58, 4-65, 5-74, 6-157, 7-158.
Bowling: Jensen 7-0-48-1, J Kerr 6-0-29-2, Devine 2-0-11-0, Rowe 4-0-18-1, Jonas 7-2-22-2, Kerr 7-1-26-0, Bates 2-0-10-0
NEW ZEALAND WOMEN (Target: 169 off 35 overs)
S Bates c Kyshona Knight b Fletcher 51
*S Devine c Kyshona Knight b Matthews 25
A Kerr not out 47
M Green c Taylor b Matthews 18
L Down c Ramharack b Matthews 4
H Jensen c Kyshona Knight b Henry 5
B Halliday not out 3
Extras (w6) 6
TOTAL (5 wkts, 33 overs) 159
Did not bat: J Kerr, H Rowe, +I Gaze, F Jonas
Fall of wickets: 1-54, 2-101, 3-132, 4-136, 5-150
Bowling: Connell 7-0-42-0, Henry 3-0-23-1, Matthews 7-0-28-3, Ramharack 7-1-26-0, Fletcher 7-0-27-1, Selman 2-0-13-0.
Result: New Zealand Women won by five runs (DLS).
Series: New Zealand Women lead three-match series 1-0.
Player-of-the-Match: Suzie Bates.
Toss: New Zealand Women.
Umpires: Jacqueline Williams, Joel Wilson; TV – Carl Tuckett.