Windies Women beat England ahead of WWT20 warm-up

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Windies Women had a convincing five-wicket win over England in an exhibition T20 as part of the Antigua and Barbuda’s 37th anniversary celebration of Independence Thursday evening at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, England struggled to 106 all out in one ball short of the allotted 20 overs; while Windies scored 119-5 in 19.1 overs. All-rounder Deandra Dottin was not out on 43; while Brittney Cooper 22, Hayley Matthews 19 and Kycia Knight 16* were the other scorers in double figures.

Spinners Anisa Mohammed and Afy Fletcher were the pick of the bowlers, with figures of 3.5-0-25-3 and 4-0-15-3 respectively. Opening fast bowlers Shamilia Connell, Shakera Selman and skipper Stefanie Taylor picked up a wicket apiece.

Danielle Hazell scored a resilient 32 (21 balls), after being dropped when her team was on 81, to help take the England Women’s total to a respectable 116 (19.5 overs).  Natalie Sciver and Heather Knight had earlier scored 20 (23 balls) and 23 (23 balls) respectively.

Bowling for England, Kirstie Gordon picked up 2-27 in her allotted four overs, while Farrant, Hazell and Jenny Gunn picked a wicket each.  In the first exhibition match, India squeezed past South Africa by three runs.

The Windies Women now look forward to their first official ICC Women’s World T20 warm-up match, which takes place at the Coolidge Cricket Ground (CCG) in Antigua on Sunday, November 4.  They play India at 16:00h. (CWI)

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