West Indies Women were soundly beaten today, but they are still into the Super Six stage of the ICC World Cup Tournament.
Just days after registering their highest One-Day International score of 368 against Sri Lanka, West Indies Women hit rock bottom, capitulating to 101 all out against defending champions England and losing by six wickets in Mumbai. But thankfully for the Caribbean girls, hosts India crashed out of the tournament after being mauled by Sri Lanka later in the day and finishing below the West Indies Women in Group A.
No fewer than six West Indian batters failed to score with nine players contributing a mere 10 runs after captain Merissa Aguilliera won the toss and chose to bat.
Amid the batting debacle, Kyshona Knight top-scored with 33 batting at number four and left-arm spinner Shanel Daley, batting at number eight, contributed an unbeaten 30. Knight and Daley added 58 for the seventh wicket to temporarily stall the collapse but after Knight was stumped by Sarah Taylor off the bowling of medium pacer Arran Brindle, the batting folded without further resistance.
Apart from Knight and Daley, the other main contributor was the extras which provided a healthy 28 runs.
West Indies started disastrously when the medium-fast Katherine Brunt removed Kycia Knight (0) with the second ball of the match. Then her new-ball partner Anya Shrubsole struck three times. Shrubsole first bowled Stafanie Taylor (0), then had Shemaine Campbelle (2) caught by Laura Marsh, and dismissed Juliana Nero (0) via the leg before wicket route. The run-out of Aguilleira (4) was followed by Brunt having the dangerous Deandra Dottin (4) caught behind, leaving the innings in tatters at 31 for 6.
Knight and Daley showed admirable patience, playing each ball on its merit and trying to stave off complete disaster with their solid partnership. But the introduction of Brindle hastened the end of the innings. Brindle took 3 for 0 from two overs, and apart from the wicket of Knight, accounted for teenager Shaquana Quintyne, whom she bowled for a duck, and Tremayne Smartt, who missed the game against Sri Lanka, caught by Shrubsole without scoring.†
When Shrubsole returned to the attack she quickly had Subrina Munroe leg before wicket without scoring to complete a four-wicket haul and career-best figures of 4 for 21.
In reply, openers Danielle Wyatt and Brindle put on 66 for the first wicket, as England appeared to be cruising into the Super Sixes. Dottin took two in two balls as four wickets fell for 13 runs but Heather Knight struck three boundaries to make sure Charlotte Edwards, England’s captain who had been feeling unwell, did not have to bat. The only other flutter for England was caused by Brunt having to leave the field during West Indies’ innings with a suspected twisted ankle. Wyatt, who made 40, had opened the innings instead of Edwards, the regular opener.
England’s win meant they easily made it into the Super Six stage, while their victory with 15 overs to spare had the added effect of damaging West Indies’ net run rate, which could have proven decisive for their qualification from Group A.
West Indies had gone into this final group game with a healthy NRR of +1.040, but it fell to +0.276 in defeat. If Sri Lanka had lost to India, the Sri Lankans would have been eliminated. India could have been beaten by Sri Lanka but still edge out West Indies if they had scored at least 251 in defeat. But set a total of 282 by Sri Lanka, India collapsed to 144 to lose by 138 runs and left themselves with an inferior run-rate to the West Indies.
Those into the Super Six are England, Australia, New Zealand, West Indies, Sri Lanka and South Africa.
West Indies play their first Super Six match against South Africa on Thursday night. Australia play England and New Zealand take on Sri Lanka the same day. (WG)††