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Dottin’s day

Allrounder stars as Windies Women draw level in series

KINGSTOWN – Deandra Dottin turned in a sterling allround performance to lead West Indies Women to a seven-wicket victory over New Zealand Women in their second Twenty20 International and square their three-match series at 1-1 at Arnos Vale, Kingstown, St Vincent, today.

Deandra Dottin makes her ground as wicketkeeper Rachel Priest awaits the return of the ball from the deep.

Deandra Dottin makes her ground as wicketkeeper Rachel Priest awaits the return of the ball from the deep.

West Indies Women won the toss and inserted the White Ferns who opened with captain Suzie Bates and Rachel Priest. Medium-pacer Shamilia Connell and left-arm orthodox spinner Shanel Daley opened the bowling for the hosts. While Daley kept the scoring on a tight rein, going for only 16 runs in her four overs, the Kiwis attacked Connell who conceded 19 runs from her two overs before being removed from the attack for the rest of the innings.

The New Zealand openers took the score to 50 in eight overs with few alarms. But off the first ball of the ninth over the partnership was broken when Bates was run out by a good piece of fielding from Shakera Selman. She made 29 with five boundaries off the 26 balls she faced.

Dottin would then make her presence felt in a most telling manner. Bowling stiff medium-pace, she uprooted the stumps of number three batter Sophie Devine for 8 in the 12th over to undermine the visitors’ good start. Sara McGlashan became Dottin’s second scalp when she was trapped plumb lbw for 2 as the Kiwis slipped to 70 for 3.

The talented Barbadian then struck a major blow when Priest, who had been holding the innings together, was bowled for the top-score of 31 made in 39 balls with three boundaries. The Kiwi wicketkeeper was dismissed in the 16th over and though they would only lose one further wicket when Amy Satterthwaite was caught at the wicket by skipper Merissa Aguilleira off Selman for 13, the innings meandered to 101 for 5 at the end of 20 overs without ever shifting gears.

Dottin had the excellent figures of 3 for 9 in her four overs while Selman was equally tight in line and length with figures of 1 for 14 in her four overs.

West Indies Women got off to a disastrous start when openers Kycia Knight and Stafanie Taylor took to the crease. Knight was bowled by Holly Huddleston in the second over for five and Taylor, after striking one boundary, was caught by Bates off the left-armer Morna Nielsen for five to leave the regional girls on 12 for 2.

However, Dottin, batting at number 3, found support from Britney Cooper and the two added 32 runs for the third-wicket with Dottin providing most of the attacking shots. The two also ran well between the wickets but with the score on 44 Devine had Cooper caught by Huddleston for 12.

West Indies Women have previously been prone to collapse but that would not be the case this time around. The attacking 21-year-old Guyanese right-hander Shemaine Campbelle came to the crease and immediately played positively. With Dottin at the other end mixing stout defence with her attacking flair, the two guided the West Indies Women to victory with a partnership of 58 as they ended on 102 for 3 in 17.1 overs.

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