U-19 Women’s T20 World Cup: West Indies suffer massive defeat to New Zealand

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New Zealand produced a stunning all-round display to dismantle West Indies in an encounter between the top two from Group C in the Under-19 Women’s T20 World Cup on Thursday in Potchefstroom.

Only a single West Indies player reached double figures, with number 10 Earnisha Fontaine finishing unbeaten on 11* as the Caribbean outfit were skittled for 68 in 19.2 overs.

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A steady start came to an abrupt end as three wickets fell in seven balls at the end of the Powerplay, with star West Indies batter Zaida James one of those sent packing by Olivia Anderson (2-14).

A stunning bowling display saw Kate Chandler (3-8 from four overs) and Abigail Hotton (2-10 from four) standing out, with Kayley Knight (1-6) and Anna Browning (1-8) also impressing.

And the Kiwis chased down their target in 7.2 overs, reaching 72 without losing a single wicket.

Georgia Plimmer bludgeoned 41* of those runs from just 22 deliveries, with Anna Browning facing an identical number of balls and finishing unbeaten on 28*.

The defeat was West Indies’ first of the World Cup. They defeated Ireland by seven runs and Indonesia by 77 runs in the earlier group games.

For New Zealand, it was their third victory in as many group games. (ICC)

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