BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- West Indies Women failed to build on the work of openers Stafanie Taylor and Juliana Nero, and stumbled to a nine-run defeat at the hands of New Zealand Women in the Women’s Twenty20 International Tri-Series on Sunday.
Chasing 102 for victory, the Windies Women appeared to be on course when Taylor and Nero put on 44 for the first wicket inside the first 10 overs, but they too, were part of a batting collapse as the hosts lost their way either side of a half-hour rain stoppage in the fourth match of the tournament at Kensington Oval.
Taylor gathered the top score of 24 and Nero made 20, but no other batsman passed 10, as the West Indies Women lost eight wickets for 48 runs in the second half of the innings to hand the New Zealanders their first victory of the tournament.
The Windies Women continue to lead the three-team table with eight points, ahead of England Women on four points with a superior net run rate than White Ferns, also on four points.
The tournament continues on Tuesday, when the New Zealand Women face England Women at the same venue.
The home team’s bowlers did well to restrict the New Zealanders to 101 for seven in their 20 overs, after they chose to bat.
Left-arm medium-paced bowler Stacy Ann King grabbed 2-12 from two overs and teenaged leg-spinner Shaquana Quintyne snared 2-16 from her allotted four overs, but a valuable 26 that earned wicketkeeper/batsman Rachel Priest the Player-of-the-Match award beefed up the White Ferns total.
Taylor and Nero gave West Indies Women a steady start, but Nero and the prized scalp of the talismanic Deandra Dottin from successive deliveries dealt them a severe blow.
Nero was stumped, when she charged down the pitch and missed a delivery from leg-spinner Erin Bermingham, whose next delivery was virtually unplayable and Dottin gave a thin edge to Priest for a rare first-ball duck.
The Windies Women were 53 for two in the 11th over, when the weather interrupted, and this seemed to energise the New Zealand Women.
When Taylor was caught at mid-on off Nicola Browne in the 13th over, there was a sense of panic in the batting of the Caribbean side and a cluster of wicket fell to ill-advised lofted strokes in the remaining overs, as Bermingham, Sian Ruck and Rachel Candy all collected two wickets apiece.
Earlier, Quintyne left the New Zealanders wobbling on 50 for four in the 12th over, when she had Katie Perkins caught at slip for one.
But West Indies Women failed to cork Priest, whose 17-ball cameo included three fours and one six, and dominated stand of 30 for the fifth wicket with Maddy Green before she was bowled by King in the 16th over and the visitors waded through the closing overs.
NEW ZEALAND (20 overs maximum)
*S. Bates lbw b Daley 10
A. Satterthwaite c Nero b Smartt 6
S. Devine c King b Quintyne 13
M. Green c Nero b Dottin 16
K. Perkins c Taylor b Quintyne 1
+R. Priest b King 26
N. Browne c Mohammed b King 7
M. Nielsen not out 7
E. Bermingham not out 4
Extras (b4, lb1, w4, nb2) 11
TOTAL (7 wkts, 20 overs) 101
R. Candy, S. Ruck did not bat
Fall of wickets: 1-19 (Bates, 3.1 overs); 2-23 (Satterthwaite, 4.4); 3-47 (Devine, 9.5); 4-50 (Perkins, 11.3); 5-80 (Priest, 15.1); 6-85 (Green, 16.3); 7-93 (Browne, 17.6)
Bowling: Smartt 4-0-14-1 (nb1); Daley 4-0-16-1 (w1); Quintyne 4-0-16-2 (w1); Selman 2-0-20-0 (nb1, w1); Mohammed 2-0-13-0; King 2-0-12-2 (w1); Dottin 2-0-5-1
WEST INDIES WOMEN (target: 102 off 20 overs)
S. Taylor c Nielsen b Browne 24
J. Nero st Priest b Bermingham 20
D. Dottin c wkpr Priest b Bermingham 0
Kyshona Knight c Satterthwaite b Ruck 10
S. King b Candy 10
*+M. Aguilleira c Browne b Ruck 5
S. Daley not out 6
S. Quintyne run out (Green) 6
T. Smartt c wkpr Priest b Candy 1
A. Mohammed not out 4
Extras (w6) 6
TOTAL (8 wkts, 20 overs) 92
S. Selman did not bat
Fall of wickets: 1-44 (Nero, 10.1 overs); 2-44 (Dottin, 10.2); 3-57 (Taylor, 12.3); 4-64 (Knight, 13.4); 5-72 (Aguilleira, 15.6); 6-74 (King, 17.1); 7-84 (Quintyne, 19.1); 8-88 (Smartt, 19.5)
Bowling: Browne 4-0-12-1 (w3); Ruck 4-0-21-2 (w1); Bermingham 4-1-14-2; Candy 4-0-24-2; Nielsen 4-0-21-0 (w2)
Result: New Zealand Women won by nine runs
Points: New Zealand Women 4, West Indies Women 0
Toss: New Zealand Women
Player-of-the-Match: R. Priest (New Zealand Women)
Umpires: G. Brathwaite, P. Nero
TV umpire: J. Wilson
Match manager: C. Carter
Reserve umpire: K. Sisnett
(After fourth match)
NB: Net run rate in brackets
1. West Indies Women 8 points (+0.417)
2. England Women 4 (–0.097)
3. New Zealand Women 4 (–0.353)