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

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England outplayed the West Indies in all three departments to fetch themselves another comprehensive victory in the ICC Women’s Under-19 World Cup on Wednesday.

Beginning in their usual tempo, the England openers went flat out for runs. They were able to provide a quick start, but Asabi Callender (1-28) dismissed Liberty Heap (13 from 16) before England could run away with the game.

A good partnership between skipper Grace Scrivens (56 from 43) and Niamh Holland (21 from 21) ensured England reached 100 by the 12th over.

After losing Holland and Scrivens in back-to-back overs, England looked like they might end up short of their expected total. However, attacking cricket from Seren Smale (28* from 19) and Charis Pavely (29* from 16) ensured that they got to a commanding 179-4. West Indies skipper Ashmini Munisar was the pick of the West Indies bowlers with 2-32.

England new-ball pair Ellie Anderson (5-12) and Alexa Stonehouse (2-15) were too good for the West Indies as the batting side were reduced to 15-3 in four overs. The dangerous Sophia Smale (1-17), fresh off a 3-11 against Ireland, further reduced them to 23-4 by accounting for the key batter Zaida James (5 from 18).

Order was restored by Djenaba Joseph (44* from 42) and Callender (17 from 28) through their fifth wicket stand of 47 runs. However, Anderson returned with a vicious spell to reduce West Indies from 70-4 to 76-8 and complete her five-wicket haul. West Indies finished with 84-8 in their allotted overs, with Anderson’s figures standing at 5-12 from four overs.

This 95-run win helped England top Group 2 of the Super Six stage, finishing ahead of New Zealand. (ICC)

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