CAYON, St Kitts, CMC – West Indies women won their final warm-up game ahead of their campaign in the World Twenty20 Championship when they beat New Zealand by three wickets off the last ball yesterday.
Playing at St Mary’s Park, West Indies chased down their target of 154 to complete a successful warm-up phase with their first tournament match carded for tomorrow against South Africa.
The hosts were propelled by a top score of 31 from Deandra Dottin while opener Juliana Nero got 20, in a stand of 51 for the third wicket that hauled the Windies around from 39 for two in the seventh over.
Dottin faced 17 balls and stroked two fours and two sixes while Nero struck a single boundary in facing 31 balls. Both fell in the space of two runs to leave their side 92 for four in the 12th over.
They further slipped to 135 for seven in the 18th over but Pamela Lavine hit 17 from 14 balls and captain Merissa Aguilleira got 11 from five balls, to steer the Windies home.
Needing seven off the last two balls, Aguilleira blasted a six off the penultimate delivery before getting a single off the last ball.
Off-spinning captain Amy Watkins was the best bowler with three for 23.
Earlier, the left-handed Watkins carved out 56 from 36 balls with eight fours and a six to rally her side to 153 for seven.
Nicola Browne stroked a cameo 20-ball 30 with four fours and a six while Sara McGlashan got 20 from 19 balls.
S Bates st Campbelle b Daley 8
*A Watkins retired 56
S McGlashan b Dottin 20
S Devine c King b Mohammed 7
+R Priest retired 11
N Browne retired 30
E Perry not out 8
M Fahey run out 0
E Birmingham not 9
Extras (b1, lb1, w2,) 4
TOTAL (7 wkts, 20 overs) 153
Did not bat: N Dodd, A Satterwaithe.
Fall of wickets: 1-23, 2-67, 3-88, 4-94, 5-136, 6-136, 7-153.
Bowling: Selman 2-0-9-0, Taylor 2-0-13-0, Daley 2-0-15-1, Jack 1-0-10-1, Dottin 3-0-23-1, Campbelle 2-0-17-0, Mohammed 2-0-19-1, King 4-0-28-0, Lavine 2-0-17-0.
S Taylor c Fahey b Browne 18
J Nero st Priest b Dodd 20
C Jack lbw b Devine 10
D Dottin b Watkins 31
B Cooper run out 10
S King st Priest b Watkins 12
P Lavine not out 17
S Daley b Watkins 8
*M Aguillera not out 11
Extras (lb3, w11, nb3) 17
TOTAL (7 wkts, 20 overs) 154
Fall of wickets: 1-26, 2-39, 3-90, 4-92, 5-112, 6-119, 7-135.
Bowling: Browne 4-0-21-1, Birmingham 4-0-25-0, Devine 4-0-33-1, Satterwaithe 3-0-35-0, Dodd 1-0-14-1, Watkins 4-0-23-3.
Result: West Indies women won by three wickets.
Toss: New Zealand.
Umpires: Vincent Weekes, Carl Tuckett.