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Double delight

Dottin and Taylor lead Windies Women to victory

SYLHET, Bangladesh – The dynamic duo of Deandra Dottin and Stafanie Taylor produced brilliant bowling and batting performances to undermine England’s Women and set up a nine-run victory as West Indies Women made an excellent start to their World Twenty20 campaign today.

Defending a moderate 133 for seven at the Sylhet Stadium, West Indies restricted England to 124 for nine, with Dottin snatching a career-best four for 12 from four outstanding overs of seam in which she got a wicket in each over. She also accounted for a run-out.

With captain Charlotte Edwards anchoring the run chase, England seemed to be en route to victory at 80 for two in the 12th over but Dottin’s spell spectacularly turned the game on its head.

She quickly knocked over Edwards for 44 off 37 balls as England lost five wickets for 17 runs in quick time, to lose their way. Requiring 18 from the last over, England got a four from the first ball but then lost two wickets as any hopes of victory disappeared.

Earlier, the classy Taylor top scored with 56 from 45 balls and Kycia Knight made 43 from 42 deliveries, as they got the Windies Women up and running with an opening stand of 87, after being sent in.

The prolific Taylor stroked three fours and two sixes off 45 balls while Knight, the more sedate of the two, faced 42 balls with an identical boundary count to that of Taylor’s.

West Indies were kept quiet in the opening overs before Taylor broke the shackles by clearing the ropes with Anya Shrubsole off the final delivery of the third over.

They kept the scoreboard ticking over, upping the ante in the 11th over when both batters cleared the boundaries off 19-year-old left-arm pacer Jodie Dibble, in an over that cost 14 runs.

Once Knight fell to seamer Jenny Gunn in the 13th over, however, West Indies innings went into terminal decline. Taylor and Dottin struck a few lusty blows in adding 21 from 14 deliveries for the second wicket, but Dottin’s demise for nine in the 15th over saw the Windies lose six wickets for 29 runs.

Seamer Natalie Sciver was England’s best bowler with three for 18.

England then got a strong start from the experienced duo of Edwards and Sarah Taylor (17), racing to 42 off 32 balls. Even when Taylor was run out through good work from Dottin and Lydia Greenway (14) followed at 63 for two in the eighth over, England were still in the hunt as Edwards stood firm.

However, Dottin entered the attack in the 12th over of the innings and had immediate success when she bowled Sciver for seven with her fifth delivery.

She then struck with the first ball of her next over, removing the dangerous Tammy Beaumont for two but it was with the final ball of her third over that she got the big breakthrough, having Edwards caught at the wicket at 94 for five.

Two more quick strikes saw England further stumble to 97 for seven in the 18th over, and West Indies then held their nerve to formalise the result.

Speaking after the match, captain Merissa Aguilleira said she was delighted with the team’s performance and said it was a good start to the tournament.

“It was a really fantastic bowling performance from Deandra. She did not do a lot with the bat earlier today but when we went onto the field she looked at me and said: ‘Captain, give me the ball’.

“I could see in her eyes that it was her day and she was totally focused on winning the match for us. This was a really big performance from her and I want to congratulate her on bowling the team to victory today,” Aguilleira said.

Edwards acknowledged her team’s disappointment at the loss and said England now had to win all their remaining games.

“We’ve got to win every game now and we’ll be through to the semi-finals. We’re in a tough group but I don’t know if we can drop a game and go through. We have to win them all starting against India.

“It looked at one point like the West Indies were going to get to 160 so we came off the field buoyant and hoping we could chase them down.

“We really fought back with the ball and got off to a good start with the bat but lost wickets in the middle that really cost us. We were outdone by Deandra Dottin who had a fantastic spell of bowling. It was a disappointing start to the tournament for us but we move on now and the game against India is going to be a huge one,” she said.

West Indies Women  will have a full training session tomorrow at the Sylhet District Stadium. Their next match on Wednesday is against host nation Bangladesh at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium. First ball is 3:30 pm (5:30 a.m. Eastern Caribbean Time)

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