England Women beat West Indies to take 2-0 series lead


England beat West Indies by 16 runs in another dominant performance to take a 2-0 lead in the Twenty20 series in Barbados.

Chasing 142, the hosts reached 125-8 as spinner Charlie Dean took 3-22.

None of the West Indies’ batters passed 18 in another dismal batting performance.

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It is England’s fifth consecutive win on the tour after a 3-0 sweep in the One-Day Internationals, with three T20s remaining.

The victory demonstrated England’s improved strength in depth as they rested star all-rounder Nat Sciver, wicketkeeper Amy Jones and the world’s number one bowler Sophie Ecclestone.

Batting first, England opener Sophia Dunkley top-scored with 43 as West Indies put in an improved performance in the field, with captain Hayley Matthews taking 3-15 from her four overs.

On a slow pitch, Dunkley added a valuable partnership of 40 in four overs with Maia Bouchier, who scored 24 from 15 balls as England posted 141-6.

In reply, West Indies were once again let down by their batting as they slipped to 50-5 inside the first 10 overs and at no point did England’s bowlers look under pressure – another disappointing performance after an eight-wicket thrashing in the first T20.

The series continues at the same venue on Saturday. (BBC)

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