Fourth World Cup loss for West Indies Women
TAUNTON – West Indies’ misery at the ICC Women’s World Cup increased on Thursday when they produced yet another docile performance against New Zealand Women to lose by eight wickets and crash to their fourth straight defeat.
In what has become the norm during the campaign, the Caribbean side meekly surrendered for 150 all out off 43 overs after being sent in at Somerset County Ground and then watched helplessly as the Kiwis stormed to the target in the 19th over.
Veteran opener Rachel Priest slammed the fastest ever Women’s World Cup 50 en route to a stroke-filled 90 while Suzie Bates struck an unbeaten 40, to take their side to five points and fourth in the eight-team standings.
West Indies, meanwhile, continued bottom without a point with virtually all hope extinguished of making the final four.
Once again, their batting proved shambolic. Kyshona Knight, batting at number seven, top-scored with 42 while tail-ender Afy Fletcher finished on 23 not out and captain Stafanie Taylor and wicketkeeper Merissa Aguilleira both got 20.
They were undermined by off-spinner Leigh Kasperek (3-17) and seamer Lea Tahuhu (3-39) who picked up three wickets apiece.
West Indies Women 150 all out off 43 overs (Kyshona Knight 41, Afy Fletcher 23 not out; Leigh Kasperek 3-17, Lea Tahuhu 3-39). New Zealand Women 151 for two off 18.2 overs (Rachel Priest 90, Suzie Bates 40). New Zealand Women won by eight wickets. (CMC)