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West Indies Women lose first T20I
Published on March 3, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

INVERCARGILL, New Zealand -- West Indies Women suffered another batting collapse and New Zealand claimed a 32-run victory in the first Twenty20 International on Saturday.

Natasha McLean hit the top score of 22, but the Windies Women failed to successfully chase 121 for victory in the match played at Queen’s Park in one of the game’s southerly-most outposts.

No other batter from the Caribbean side reached 20, as they were dismissed for 88 in 18.1 overs, with Hayley Jensen grabbing 2-11 from her allotted four overs and Sophie Devine 2-19 from 3.1 overs to lead the New Zelanders’ bowling.

The result meant New Zealand took a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

Tremayne Smartt had been the pick of the West Indies Women’s bowlers, taking 3-17 from four overs, but Devine started a memorable match with 40 from 39 balls in an opening stand of 53 with her captain Suzie Bates to lead the home team to 120 for seven from their 20 overs.

No other Windies Women’s bowler was as economical or penetrative as the 28-year-old Smartt, but the New Zealanders inched their way to a respectable total, even though their batting went into a tailspin after Bates was dismissed for 32.

McLean held the visitors’ top-order together, and there was some resistance from the lower-order pair of Shaquana Quintyne, with 18, and Vanessa Watts, with 16, but two run-outs late on ended proceedings to give the White Ferns their fourth victory on the trot against the West Indies Women.

Summarised scores:

NEW ZEALAND WOMEN 120 for seven off 20 overs (Sophie Devine 40, Suzie Bates 32; Tremayne Smart 3-17)

WEST INDIES WOMEN 88 off 18.1 overs (Natasha McLean 22, Hayley Jensen 2-11, Sophie Devine 2-19)
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