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Matthews’ unbeaten 100 leads West Indies Women to eight-wicket victory and series win against Pakistan Women

Hayley Matthews scored an unbeaten century on Monday as the West Indies Women beat Pakistan Women by eight wickets here at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in their five-match CG Insurance ODI Series.

Matthews faced 122 balls for an even hundred that included 11 fours as she guided the home side to yet another victory over the visiting Pakistan Women. She shared in an opening stand of 56 with Kyshona Knight, who contributed 18 before being trapped lbw by Anam Amin.

Britney Cooper joined Matthews at the crease and together the pair put together a stand of 106 in 24 overs during which Cooper hit three fours in her score of 45 that came off 68 balls.

She was eventually out caught in the deep by Ayesha Naseem off the bowling of Fatima Sana.

Chedean Nation ended unbeaten on 13 as she and Matthews completed the chase without further loss with 59 balls to spare.

Matthews said her century was the result of hard work.

“I’ve been working really hard over the past couple of months to improve on my batting and on my consistency and it’s really good to see it finally paying off,” she said, revealing that she was a bit concerned when she realized that runs were running out and she was not yet at three figures.

“I don’t think nervous necessarily but probably when I got into the nineties and realized it was about 10 runs to win the game and five runs for me to get my hundred and then the rain started setting up, I felt a bit anxious about actually getting the runs but I never doubted I was going to get my hundred.”

Earlier, Umaima Sohail top-scored with 62 in Pakistan Women’s score of 182.

Chinelle Henry took two of the first three wickets as Pakistan slipped to 56-3 in over number 16, despite opener Muneeba Ali’s contribution of 25.

However, Nida Dar and Sohial put together a fourth-wicket stand of 87 before Dar was dismissed by Matthews for 24.

Wickets fell with regularity afterwards with Chinelle Henry, who finished with 3-37, Anisa Mohammed (3-25) and Matthews (2-30), combining to tear through the middle order.

Only Rameen Shamim’s 19 from 21 balls managed to get Pakistan to 182, a score that proved to be not nearly enough. (www.sportsmax.tv)

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