West Indies women’s cricketers suffered a nine-wicket loss, following an unbroken, century, second-wicket stand between New Zealand captain Suzie Bates and Sara McGlashan in the first One-day International yesterday.
None of the Windies bowlers distinguished themselves, as Bates, struck an undefeated 95 from 91 balls to earn the Player-of-the-Match award, while McGlashan got 60 not out from 61 balls. They were the backbone of the White Ferns’ successful chase of 182 for victory at Bert Sutcliffe Oval.
Tremayne Smartt claimed the only scalp for the visitors, when she had Samantha Curtis caught behind for 14 in the ninth over.
But the Windies failed to make further inroads into the hosts’ batting, as Bates, recently named ICC Women’s ODI Player-of-the-Year, and McGlashan put on 142 to take their side over the finish line with 123 balls remaining.
Earlier, the Caribbean side had an early sign Bates would be a thorn in their side, as they were restricted to 181 for eight from their allocation of 50 overs, after they chose to bat.
Though Stafanie Taylor hit the top score of 36, Kycia Knight made 30 and Shanel Daley got 24, the Windies lost wickets at regular intervals, as Bates collected two for 25 from seven overs and Sophie Devine took two for 43 from 10 overs.
The second of three ODIs takes place at 5.30 today, Eastern Caribbean Time at the same venue.
WEST INDIES WOMEN 181 for eight off 50 overs (Stefanie Taylor 36, Kycia Knight 30; Suzie Bates 2-25, Sophie Devine 2-43) vs NEW ZEALAND WOMEN 184 for one off 29.3 overs (Suzie Bates 95 not out, Sara McGlashan 60 not out)
—New Zealand won by nine wickets