A crucial ninth wicket stand between Shanel Daley and Anisa Mohammed upstaged performances from Stafanie Taylor and Deandra Dottin as West Indies women defeated New Zealand Women by 48 runs in their second Super Six, second round match in the ICC Women's World Cup at Brabourne Stadium here yesterday.
Daley and off-spinner Mohammed added 45 valuable runs for the ninth wicket, the highest partnership in the game, to push their side past 200 after the Windies had suffered sporadic batting slumps for most of the innings.
Medium pacer Tremayne Smartt then rocked the New Zealand top order with sharp, late inswing, as they collapsed for 159 runs chasing the Windies' 207.
The all-round effort by the West Indies women to secure their first ever win over New Zealand, has also pushed them one win away from the final.
Daley batted responsibly until she was caught for 37, hitting three fours while Mohammed who struck four fours was undefeated on 31.
Earlier, Taylor scored 49 valuable runs to swing the momentum back in her side's favour after they stumbled to 75 for three losing early wickets including two in the first ten overs.
Taylor hit seven fours facing 53 balls and her innings helped stabilise West Indies batting after losing their openers cheaply- Natasha McLean for four and Kycia Knight for 15.
Deandra Dottin in her typically aggressive style smashed 27 from 21 balls to assist in a middle order recovery.
New Zealand lost three wickets in the first ten overs and were reeling at 83 for five by the 20th over as Smartt destroyed the frontline batters to finish with 3 for 39 of 9 overs.
Dottin and Taylor picked up two wickets each while Mohammed who was named players of the match also has a wicket to her credit.
The West Indians were also brilliant in the field and highlights include Dottin and Taylor teaming up to run out Katie Perkins for 11 while Kyshona Knight and captain Aguilleira spearheaded the run out of Rachel Priest for 36.
West Indies, known as one of the most improved sides in women's cricket, have moved to second place in the table with six points and will play Australia in their final super six fixture tomorrow.
WOMEN'S W/CUP SCOREBOARD
West Indies vs New Zealand
West Indies Inns
K Knight lbw b Ruck 15
N Mclean lbw b Ruck 4
S Taylor c Priest b Bates 49
K Knight c Tahuhu b Nielsen 13
M Aguilleira c Priest b Nielsen 4
D Dottin c Ruck bNielsen 27
S Daley c Browne b Mackay 37
S Campbelle run out (Browne) 11
S Selman b Bates 6
A Mohammed not out 31
T Smart not out 1
EXTRAS: (LB1, W7, NB1) 9
TOTAL (for nine wickets,50 overs) 207
Wickets at: 4 (McLean), 38 (Kycia A Knight), 75 (Kyshona A Knight), 82 (Taylor), 104 (Aguilleira), 117 (Dottin), 139 (Campbelle), 159 (Selman), 204 (Daley)
BOWLING: L Tahuhu 5-1-21-0, Ruck 10-0-32-2 (1w), Browne 3-0-15-0, Broadmore 10-0-54-0 (2w),Nielsen 10-0-27-3, Bates 8-1-36-2 (1nb, 3w), Mackay 4-1-21-1
New Zealand Inns
F Mackay lbw b Smartt 4
S Bates c&b Mohammed 30
S McGlashan b Smartt 18
S Devine lbw b Smartt 9
K Perkins run out (Dottin/Taylor) 11
N Browne lbw b Taylor 4
R Priest run out(Kyshona A Knight/Aguilleira) 36
K Broadmore lbw b Dottin 8
M Nielsen c Aguilleira b Taylor
L Tahuhu c&b Dottin 7
S Ruck not out 0
EXTRAS: (LB2, W11, NB3) 16
TOTAL (all out, 44.3 overs) 159
Wickets at: 6 (Mackay), 36 (McGlashan), 47 (Devine), 76 (Perkins), 5-83 (Browne), 83 (Bates), 101 (Broadmore), 135 (Nielsen), 158 (Tahuhu), 159 (Priest)
BOWLING:Daley 9-1-37-0,Smartt9-0-39-3 (2nb,3w), Selman 4-0-31-0 (1nb,2w), Taylor 10-1-26-2 (1w),Mohammed 8.3-3-13-1, Dottin 4-0-11-2 (1w)
Result: West Indies won by 48 runs
Points:West Indies 2, New Zealand 0.
Player-of-the-Match: Anisa Mohammed.
ICC Women's World Cup Super Sixes Standings
Teams M W L T N/R Pts NRR
Australia 4 4 0 0 0 8 +1.003
West Indies 4 3 1 0 0 6 +1.136
England 4 2 2 0 0 4 +1.079
New Zealand 4 2 2 0 0 4 +0.952
Sri Lanka 4 1 3 0 0 2 -2.636
South Africa 4 0 4 0 0 0 -2.157