Stafanie Taylor scored her 3000th run on Wednesday but West Indies Women lost to England by 47 runs at Derby in the second of their five-match T20 Vitality Series.
They also lost the first match on Monday by a similar margin. However, this time the loss unfolded differently.
Chasing 152 for victory, the West Indies Women, with the score at 11, lost Hayley Matthews for three in the third over, caught off a leading edge by Heather Knight from a Katherine Brunt delivery.
However, the West Indies had a glimmer of hope when Deandra Dottin and Stafanie Taylor put together a partnership of 61 in nine overs to have the West Indies well-positioned at 71 for one in the 12th over.
That was also when things began to unravel for the West Indies as their next seven wickets fell for 32 runs to close at 104 for eight.
It began with the last ball of the 12th over when Dottin was adjudged leg before wicket for 38 to Sarah Glenn’s quicker and fuller leg-break.
Six balls later, wicketkeeper Amy Jones, stumped Lee-Ann Kirby for one from a Mady Villiers delivery to put the visitors at 75 for three.
Six balls later, Jones was again in action, stumping Captain Stafanie Taylor – who had earlier scored her 3000th run – for 28 from a Glen delivery wide of the off-stump to leave Windies 79 for four.
Shermaine Campbelle was the next wicket to fall, for five, after swinging Anya Shrubsole’s delivery to deep square leg where Fran Wilson held onto a running catch. It was then 89 for five.
Six balls later, Chinelle Henry was out lbw to Villiers for seven.
By the time Sophie Ecclestone bowled Britney Cooper for a duck to leave the West Indies at 91 for seven, the Caribbean side had lost six wickets for 19 runs from 33 balls and still needing 61 from the last 16 balls.
Shortly thereafter, Aaliyah Alleyne was trapped lbw by Ecclestone for five at 96 for eight.
It was left to Selman, who remained unbeaten on six and Afy Fletcher on four, to get the West Indies past the 100-run mark as the innings came to a close.
Villiers was the pick of the England bowlers taking 2 for 10 from three overs. Ecclestone (2 for 19) and Glenn (2 for 24) did their part to dismantling the West Indies batting line-up.
Earlier, England had smashed 52 runs off their last five overs to wrest control of the match from the West Indies, who had up to then, kept England’s batters reined in. (www.sportsmax.tv)