West Indies depart Women's World Cup with heavy defeat against England

Ruben Hill
July 17, 2017

Offspinner Afy Fletcher was the pick of the Windies bowlers, triggering a collapse in the middle order by picking three wickets as England went from 91/2 to 105/5.

The hosts thrashed West Indies Women by 92-runs to claim their sixth successive victory in the tournament, having lost their opening match to India, and ensured they will remain in the West Country ahead of their knockout match.

South Africa, who finished fourth in the league phase, are hunting a maiden Women's World Cup title, with their best performance to date when they made the semi-finals in New Zealand in 2000.

Earlier, England opener Lauren Winfield could only manage 11 before she went in the 10th over, caught at deep square leg to give 16-year-old left-arm seamer Qiana Joseph a first one-day global wicket.

But Matthews was hit in front to Hartley and lbw in the 24 over and Deandra Dottin (7) missed a sweep at off-spinner Heather Knight and was also lbw 20 balls later at 73 for four in the 27th over.

That stand paved the way for a 68-run win, although South Africa put in a valiant effort as they became the first side to score over 300 batting second in a Women's ODI.

England will believe they have the firepower to neutralise Van Niekerk and Kapp, particularly though Tammy Beaumont, the tournament's top run-scorer.

With the dry wicket aiding the spinners, the West Indies' batsmen were simply not scoring and Deandra Dottin was the next player to fall lbw, as skipper Knight added to her half-century with a vital scalp.

Chedean Nation was out for 23 as Sciver started a fine spell which also saw her snare wicketkeeper Merissa Aguilleira lbw just two balls later and then also Fletcher on three - the ball was missing leg stump but West Indies had no reviews left.

But once Beaumont scooped a full toss from Fletcher to the wicketkeeper in the 22 over, three wickets fell for 14 runs to leave England stumbling on 105 for five in the 26 over. "Throughout the tournament we have managed to find our way out of sticky situations".

"We have seen him during the last Digicel R4Day season show signs of his return to form".

Afterwards, she was at least able to see the amusing side, adding with a smile: "I was happy to trust my partner (Hayley Matthews), but when I went upstairs and had a look I wanted to kill her".

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