A tough test

Deandra Dottin avoids a bouncer.
Deandra Dottin avoids a bouncer.

MUMBAI -†Barbados’ Deandra Dottin was the only batter to stand up and be counted today as the West Indies Women got a taste of how tough the imminent ICC World Cup Tournament in India will be.

Playing their first warm-up match at the Middle Income Group Ground in Mumbai, West Indies were shot out for 198 in the 45th over in response to Australia Women’s massive 333 for five to lose by the wide margin of 135 runs.

Australia won the toss and decided to bat and their openers – Elyse Villani and Rachael Haynes – put up 165 runs before Villani retired for 50. Haynes then gave the innings a strong push along with Jess Cameron with a 42-run partnership at more than a run-a-ball.

Haynes was the first to fall when Shakera Selman caught her off Shemaine Campbelle for 61 that included six boundaries and a six. However, by then the platform for the innings was set and Cameron ensured that the Aussies remained on top.

She raced to 62 with ten boundaries and put up 48 with Lisa Sthalekar before being stumped off Selman. Sthalekar reached 59 before retiring and some late order hitting by Jodie Fields, the team captain, meant that Australia built on the good work done by the top order. Fields remained unbeaten on 35, which came off just 21 balls.

Ellyse Perry ensured that the West Indies were pegged back early in their chase of 334 as they were reduced to 30 for two and then 71 for four by the 18th over.

But the pugnacious Dottin, who has the world record for the fastest One-Day International century among both men and women, then gave the innings a degree of impetus with some ferocious hitting.

She and captain Merissa Aguilleira put on a 62-run partnership for the fifth wicket with Aguilleira cleverly getting singles and feeding the big-hitting Dottin with the strike. Dottin struck five huge sixes and four boundaries in her 30-ball knock of 52. †However, Dottin’s wicket, caught by Megan Schutt of the bowling of Chappell, and that of Shaquana Quintyne, placed West Indies with their backs further against the wall.

Aguilleira and Selman put on 37 runs for the seventh wicket but that was never enough as Sthalekar, who picked up two wickets, and the rest of the Australian bowlers ensured that they were as good as their batters.

In another encounter involving South Africa who just left the Caribbean after drawing a One-Day International series 2-2 against the West Indies Women but losing the Twenty20 matches, the Proteas were beaten by England’s Women by 51 runs at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. In pursuit of England’s 270 for nine, South Africa could only post 219 for six in their 50 overs.

Put in to bat, England lost Tammy Beaumont early in their innings but Charlotte Edwards, the captain, led from the front with 78. She first put on 31 runs for the second wicket with Sarah Taylor and after Taylor fell to Yolandi Potgieter, Edwards found an able ally in Lydia Greenway. The pair put on 101 runs in 20.1 overs before Sunette Loubser bowled Edwards. Edwards’s innings lasted 94 balls and included nine boundaries.

Arran Brindle fell soon after that to give Loubser her second wicket in the match as England were reduced to 164 for four in the 34th over. A brisk 21 by Danielle Wyatt and a 44-ball 42 by Heather Knight gave the innings the push in the slog overs as England reached a strong total.

South Africa started steadily putting up 85 runs in 26.4 overs for the loss of two wickets. A 57-run second-wicket partnership between Trisha Chetty (57) and Savanna Cordes (33), and then a 53-run stand between Chetty and Mignon du Preez, the captain, kept South Africa alive in the game, but after Greenway caught Chetty off Holly Colvin, the innings lost its momentum.

Du Preez, who was the top scorer with an unbeaten 64, could not strike a partnership with the rest of the middle order as the English bowlers bowled economically to get a stranglehold on the proceedings.

Summarised scores:

AUSTRALIA 333 for five off 50 overs (Jess Cameron 62, Rachael Haynes 61, Lisa Sthalekar 59, Elyse Villani 50, Jodie Fields 35 not out, Alex Blackwell 27)

WEST INDIES 198 all out off 44.3 overs (Deandra Dottin 52, Merissa Aguilleira 32, Shakera Selman 29 not out; Ellyse Perry 2-36, Lisa Sthalekar 2-42)††

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