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Easy WI win

Ezra Stuart

Easy WI win

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Dynamic Deandra Dottin and wily off-spinner Anisa Mohammed batted and bowled themselves into the hearts of Barbadian cricket fans at Kensington Oval on Monday night.
The pair starred as the West Indies Women comfortably defeated a plucky New Zealand side by 23 runs in the opening Tri-Nation Series Twenty20 cricket match.
Dottin delighted a fair size home crowd with two massive sixes off consecutive balls in a responsible 52 off 50 balls, which also contained three fours to lift the West Indies to a competitive total of 104 for six in 20 overs.
In the process, 22-year-old Dottin (1 016) became only the fifth woman, behind England’s duo Charlotte Edwards (1 698) and Sarah Taylor (1 356), West Indian Stafanie Taylor (1 166) and New Zealander Suzie Bates (1 098) to reach 1 000 runs in T20 Internationals.
Player Of The Match Mohammed, 25, then celebrated her 50th T20 International by becoming the only bowler to take two five-wicket hauls in this format as the White Ferns were rolled over for 81 in 19 overs.
The Trinidadian, with her trademark jump in her run-up, ended with the excellent figures of five for 12 in her four overs, pushing her tally of wickets to 69, the most by any woman in T20 Internationals. Her career best is five for 10 against South Africa.
With New Zealand needing 34 runs off the last four overs, Mohammed made an immediate impact with three wickets in an over, to swing the match firmly West Indies’ way.
At that stage, New Zealand, who had been rocked by the run outs of their inspirational captain Suzie Bates and all-rounder Nicola Browne in the midst of an excellent new ball bowling from pacer Tremayne Smart and left-arm spinner Shanel Daley, had moved into high gear.
They had clouted 21 runs in the previous two overs from Shaquana Quintyne and Stacy-Ann King during a rousing 40-run fifth-wicket partnership between topscorer Amy Satterthwaite (31 off 43 balls) and wicketkeeper Rachel Priest (22 off 20 ball).
But Mohammed induced Priest, who had struck Bajan teenaged spinner Quintyne for a six over midwicket, into giving Shakera Selman a catch inside the square leg boundary.
Two balls later, Mohammed lured Satterthwaite out of her crease for wicketkeeper Merissa Aguilleira to complete an easy stumping. She effectively sealed the contest when Frances Mackay was bowled for a “duck”, attempting an injudicious reverse sweep.
Mohammed earned two more wickets in her next over, which was highlighted by Dottin’s superb pick-up on the run from the midwicket boundary and throw in one motion to Aguilleira to run out Erin Bermingham.
Earlier, leg-spinner Bermingham caused problems for the Windies’ top order having key player Stafanie Taylor stumped for five and captain Aguilleira caught at short midwicket for three.
This left the Windies on 18 for three as opener Julianna Nero was also snapped up by Bermingham at point off left-arm seamer Sian Ruck.
But Dottin wisely played out Bermingham’s last over before reviving the ailing innings in a facing-saving 51-run fourth-wicket alliance with left-hander Kyshona Knight.
Knight, who was dropped by Ruck at point off Bermingham before she had scored battled away for 20 off 39 balls before her firm drive was superbly caught by Browne, diving to her right at mid-off.
By then, Dottin, who had swept and swung left-arm spinner Morna Nielsen for leg-side boundaries, was into her stride.   
When captain Bates switched herself to the Malcolm Marshall End, Dottin nonchalantly hoisted a full-length delivery at least six rows back into the lower level of the Mitchie Hewitt Stand at long-off for six.
Off the very next ball, Dottin, a former CARIFTA Games’ javelin, shot put and discus gold medallist, showcased her natural strength by depositing it over midwicket for a huge six.
She wasn’t able to give the innings a final flourish in the last over as she was run out off the first ball of the final over in a mix-up with her partner King, who chipped in with 12 off eight balls.
Tonight, England will play their first match against New Zealand, followed by an encounter versus the Windies on Friday.