West Indies’ Deandra Dottin hitting over the top for one of her boundaries during a quickfire 22 at Kensington Oval on Monday. (Picture courtesy windiescricket.com)
Defending World Women’s T20 champions West Indies opened their Sandals International Home T20 series with a 17-run victory over a youthful South Africa team which featured four debutantes, at Kensington Oval on Monday.
Opener Natasha McLean led the way for the Windies with a topscore of 38 from 41 balls while all rounder Deandra Dottin supported with a quick-fire knock of 22. Captain Stafanie Taylor with three wickets for 16 runs spearheaded her side restricting the female Proteas to 107 for seven in reply to Windies’ 124 for six.
Leg-spinner Afy Fletcher chipped in with two for 17 and wicketkeeper Merissa Aguilleira enjoyed a satisfactory performance behind the stumps bringing off two stumpings and holding onto a catch to give Fletcher her first wicket.
McLean, who served as a substitute throughout the three-match ODI series that preceded yesterday’s match, made full use of her inclusion in the starting XI to belt four boundaries in a breezy innings before she was bowled by Sarah Smith in the 12th over. Smith, one of the debutantes, had earlier gotten rid of Taylor to collect her maiden T20 wicket and finished with the best bowling figures of two for 17 from three overs. (AH)
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