Windies Women finally get World Cup win
DERBY – West Indies Women overpowered Sri Lanka Women by 47 runs to end their wretched unbeaten run at the ICC Women’s World Cup and begin their quest to salvage some pride from an otherwise depressing campaign.
With four defeats in their previous outings, the Caribbean side turned the page on the disappointing run by posting their best total of the tournament with 229 for nine off 50 overs and then successfully defending it, holding the Sri Lankans 182 off 48 overs.
While the victory handed the Windies their first points of the tournament with two games remaining, it kept Sri Lanka as one of two winless sides along with the bottom-placed Pakistan Women.
Sent in at Derbyshire County Ground, veteran Merissa Aguilleira top-scored with an unbeaten 46 while Deandra Dottin stroked 38 and Kyshona Knight and Hayley Matthews got 26 apiece.
Seamer Sripali Weerakkody claimed three for 38 while pacer Ama Kanchana (2-50) and left-arm spinner Inoka Ranaweera (2-56) finished with two wickets apiece.
Sri Lanka, in reply, were then hurt by Player-of-the-Match Anisa Mohammed who claimed three for 39 while spinners Shanel Daley (2-30) and Afy Fletcher (2-38) supported with two wickets apiece.
Shashikala Siriwardene top-scored with 33, Prasadani Weerakkody chipped in with 30 while Chamari Jayangani got 26.
West Indies Women 229 for nine off 50 overs (Merissa Aguilleira 46 not out, Deandra Dottin 38, Kyshona Knight 26, Hayley Matthews 26; Sripali Weerakkody 3-38, Ama Kanchana 2-50, Inoka Ranaweera 2-56). Sri Lanka Women 182 all out off 48 overs (Shashikala Siriwardene 33, Prasadani Weerakkody 30, Chamari Jayangani 26; Anisa Mohammed 3-39, Shanel 2-30, Afy Fletcher 2-38). West Indies Women won by 47 runs. (CMC)