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NZ seize first T20

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NZ seize first T20

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KINGSTOWN – A fiery spell from new ball bowler Morna Neilson rocked the West Indies Women’s top order and sent them tumbling to a seven-wicket loss against New Zealand Women in the first T20 International at Arnos Vale Sports Complex yesterday.

The Windies Women plummeted to five for three and never really recovered, despite a Stafanie Taylor-sponsored fightback with a top score of 43 which sought to rekindle the innings.

New Zealand lost an early wicket on the chase but, powered by an unbeaten 44 from opener Rachel Priest, recovered well to lead the visitors to a comfortable victory with 13 balls to spare.

Neilson grabbed three wickets for 11 runs – opener Taylor, Kycia Knight and the aggressive Deandra Dottin – to help restrict the home side to 92 for six off their 20 overs after New Zealand had won the toss and elected to field.

Taylor played well to lead efforts to reenergise a struggling innings and received support from Britney Cooper who contributed 20.

Captain Merissa Aguilleira attempted to lead a late charge to further advance the innings but her unbeaten knock of 11 was not enough.

New Zealand’s innings suffered an early setback when Shanel Daley uprooted Captain Suzie Bates’ stumps for a duck with no runs on the board.

However, Rachel Priest took charge of the innings with a confident 44 not out to lead her side to victory and a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20 series.

Sophie Devine made 24.

The second T20 International is slated for Arnos Vale Playing Field tomorrow. (CMC)