BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC) – West Indies Women’s misery continued here Saturday night when they suffered yet another defeat to Australia Women, in the opening Twenty20 International of the three-match series.
Choosing to bat first in the affair under lights at Kensington Oval, West Indies Women could only muster a paltry 106 for eight off their 20 overs, with captain Stafanie Taylor top-scoring with an unbeaten 44 off 51 deliveries.
Not for the first time, fast bowler Megan Schutt was the stand out for the visitors, claiming three for 31.In reply, captain Meg Lanning stroked a run-a-ball unbeaten 54 as the Aussies overhauled their target with seven balls remaining in the contest to win by seven wickets.
West Indies have now lost all four matches on the tour following their 3-0 whitewash in the preceding ICC Women’s Championship series in Antigua.
It was Taylor who kept the innings together after the hosts found themselves in early trouble, losing Britney Cooper (0) and Kyshona Knight (1) in the first over with a single run on the board.
Cooper missed a cross-batted heave at Schutt and was bowled while Knight was run out at the striker’s end after being found short of her ground by a throw from backward point.
When Reniece Boyce (6), Stacy-Ann King (4) and Natasha McLean (13) followed in quick succession, West Indies Women were slumping badly at 34 for five in the sixth over.
Taylor came to her side’s rescue, however, counting three fours and a pair of sixes as she put on a vital 29 with Sheneta Grimmond (15) for the sixth wicket to spare them complete embarrassment.
West Indies then made an impressive start with the ball, fast bowler Chinelle Henry striking in successive overs to remove openers Beth Mooney (4) and Alyssa Healy (12).
Henry bowled Mooney leg-stump in the second over and returned in the fourth to have Healy holing out to Shabika Gajnabi at deep mid on.
West Indies squandered an ideal chance to remove Lanning early when Taylor put her down at slip on one off fast bowler Shamilia Connell in the third over.
Lanning made the most of the reprieve, carving out six fours as she put on 57 for the third wicket with Ellyse Perry (14).