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Windies sweep NZ

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Windies sweep NZ

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Its a whitewash.

The West Indies’ women’s cricketers won the fourth and final One-day International against New Zealand by four runs to make it a clean sweep of the four-match series at Warner Park, St Kitts, yesterday.

Trinidadian off-spinner Anisa Mohammed (4-41) took the first four wickets, while medium-pacer Shakera Selman, the Player Of The Match in the third match, took two for 34, as the Kiwis fell for 210 in the final over.

Selman, 25, had a hand in each of the last four dismissals, by way of those two wickets, a catch and effecting a run out.

The Kiwis run chase was led by the opening pair of wicketkeeper Rachel Priest and skipper Suzy Bates. Priest topscored with 74 while Bates, who celebrated her 27th birthday on Tuesday, made 68 in 75 balls. The two had an opening stand of 114 before Mohammed broke through by removing Bates.

Priest steadied the innings, batting for more than three hours, but the White Ferns’ hopes vanished when she went in the 49th over.

The West Indies’ total of 214 for eight was built on solid knocks of 66 by Jamaican Stafanie Taylor and 39 by Barbadian opener Kycia Knight. (MK)