West Indies’ women cricketers, hounded by medium pacer Suzie Bates, lost to New Zealand by 24 runs in the third T20 of the five match series at Queen’s Park yesterday.
Bates destroyed a promising opening stand and disrupted an innings revival as West Indies crashed to 109 all out chasing New Zealand’s 133 for six.
Kycia Knight and Natasha McLean began laying the foundation with an opening stand of 25 after New Zealand, sent in to bat, had set a winning target of 134.
However, Bates ended the partnership when McLean was caught for nine without scoring a boundary while Knight who struck two fours was also caught in the next over for 15.
West Indies had stumbled to 26 for two when captain Merissa Aguilleira and Kyshona Knight attempted to rescue the innings by way of a third wicket stand which produced 23 runs before it expired with the run out of Aguilleira for 11.
However, Shemaine Campbell joined Knight and together they continued the repair mission in a dogged top order fight by adding an additional 28 runs for the fourth wicket.
Campbell smashed two boundaries and faced 17 balls in a top score of 23 before Bates again spoiled the party by having her caught behind and effectively subduing the Windies best efforts to rekindle the run chase.
Six balls earlier, Knight had departed, succumbing to felicity Leydon-Davis, caught and bowled for
21 which included three fours.
Campbell’s departure signaled a further batting collapse as the last five West Indies wickets fell for 20 runs.
Bates was the best New Zealand bowler finishing with three for 21 while Sophie Devine picked up two for 14.
Devine, player –of-the-match, was the top scorer as well with 46 after West Indies, who won the toss, had sent in New Zealand to bat first.
Devine put on key partnerships with Sara McGlashan (18) and Katie Perkins (34) to give the White Ferns a competitive total.
Shakera Selman was the leading wicket taker for the West Indies grabbing three for 23 including the wicket of Bates who lost her stumps on 19.
New Zealand now lead the series 2-0 after West Indies lost the opening fixture and rain forced a no result in the second game on Sunday.
The final two Twenty20s will be played on Saturday and Sunday at Bay Oval in Mt Maunganui.
WOMEN’S ODI SCOREBOARD
New Zealand vs West Indies
New Zealand Inns
S Bates b Selman 19
S Curtis c King b Quintyne 8
S McGlashan c McLean b Selman 18
S Devine c Kycia Knight b Watts 46
K Perkins b Smartt 34
R Priest not out 4
K Martin b Selman 0
M Green not out 1
Extras: (Lb 2, W1) 3
TOTAL: (for six wickets, 20.0 overs) 133
Did not bat: Jensen, Nielsen, Leydon-Davis
Wickets at: 27 (S Curtis), 29 (S Bates), 72 (S McGlashan), 121 (S Devine), 130 (K Perkins), 131 (K Martin)
Bowling: Smartt 4-0-21-1, Watts 3-0-22-1, Selman 4-0-23-3, Quintyne 4-0-21-1, Mohammed 3-0-25-0, King-2-0-19-0.
West Indies Inns
Kycia Knight c Jensen b Nielsen 15
N McLean c Martin b Bates 9
Kyshona A Knight c & b Leydon-Davis 21
M Aguilleira run out (Leydon-Davis/†Priest) 11
S Campbelle c Perkins b Bates 23
S King c & b Bates 8
S Quintyne b Devine 3
V Watts run out 8
T Smartt run out 1
A Mohammed c Bates b Devine 1
S Selman not out 0
Extras: (W9) 9
Total: (all out; 19.5 overs) 109
Wickets at: 25 (McLean), 26 (Kycia Knight), 49 (Aguilleira), 77 (Kyshona Knight), 89 (Campbelle), 99 (Quintyne), 101 (King), 107 (Smartt), 109 (Mohammed), 109 (Watts)
Bowling: Nielsen 4-0-13-1, Devine 3.5-0-14-2, Bates 4-0-21-3, Jensen 3-0-24-0, Leydon-Davis 3-0-20-1, Green 2-0- 17-0
Toss: West Indies
Series: New Zealand lead five-match