Crushing blow for WI Women
BOWRAL – West Indies Women suffered a crushing 148-run clobbering at the hands of Australia Women in the fourth and final One Day international yesterday.
The defeat meant the West Indies Women finished the series winless as the Australians revelled in a four-nil series whitewash on the heels of similar success in the preceding four-match Twenty20 series.
A promising start by West Indies on the hunt to surpass a challenging 275 for five was erased with a dramatic batting collapse at the Bradman Oval.
Hayley Matthews, with three half centuries already to her credit, top-scored with 37 as the Caribbean girls reached 104 for 2 in the 18th over before the crash.
Matthews faced 47 balls, scoring seven fours and a six, while Britney Cooper smashed 33 from 47 balls, including three sixes and two fours.
Deandra Dottin chipped in with 27 from 14 balls, hitting three fours and two sixes before she was caught.
West Indies lost eight wickets for 23 runs, with Megan Schutt and Ellyse Perry destroying the middle and lower order, sharing seven wickets between them to skittle West Indies in 24.5 overs.
Half-centuries from Meg Lanning and Perry powered Australia to a huge total as they continued their rampaging form against their Caribbean rivals.
Lanning struck 12 fours in her 84 off 79 balls, while Perry was unbeaten on 74 off 75 deliveries and Jess Jonassen struck 38 off 25 balls in an aggressive finish to the innings.
Stafanie Taylor, Subrina Munroe, Anisa Mohammed and Shakera Selman each picked up a wicket for West Indies.
Perry was named Player Of The Match and Player Of The Series. (CMC)