Dottin shines in Windies defeat
DERBY – Deandra Dottin struck a high-class half-century – her first since her return from injury –but West Indies Women lacked the firepower in a difficult run chase and went down by 47 runs to England Women yesterday.
In pursuit of 164 at the County Ground in the opening Twenty20 international of the five-match cricket series, West Indies were restricted to 116-6 off their 20 overs.
The 29-year-old Dottin was the only batswoman to reach double figures with an attractive 69 off 59 deliveries. It was her tenth half-century in T20s and second against England.
She emerged from a slow start to strike six fours and two sixes but lacked support as wickets tumbled around her. England seamer Natalie Sciver (two for 16) and left-arm spinner Sophie Ecclestone (two for 19) stifled the opposition.
The hosts had earlier piled up 163-8 after opting to bat, with Player Of The Match Tammy Beaumont lashing 62 from 49 balls at the top of the order.
England Women 163 for eight off 20 overs (Tammy Beaumont 62, Heather Knight 25, Amy Jones 24; Shakera Selman 3-26, Stafanie Taylor 2-24, Hayley Matthews 2-25). West Indies Women 116 for six off 20 overs (Deandra Dottin 69; Natalie Sciver 2-16, Sophie Ecclestone 2-19). England Women won by 47 runs. (CMC)