The West Indies Women’s cricket team was defeated by the English women’s cricket team by eight wickets on Sunday in their first Twenty20 International (T20I) match that took place in Antigua.
Following England’s demoralizing 3-0 ODI victory, West Indies were expected to put up a more determined fight in the T20I series, however, this did not transpire as the team displayed a rather lacklustre performance.
Windies Women, when asked to take the first strike, were stranded on 106 for seven in their allocated 20 overs of play, as the Jamaican duo of Rashada Williams and Chinelle Henry, respectively, picked up 23 runs and 21 runs, both contributions were crucial in getting the Windies Woman over the 100 mark on the scorecard.
Before she was run out by Danni Wyatt in the 13th over, Williams faced 26 balls and hit two fours, and seemed set to carry the Windies to a respectable total. Batting at No 7, Henry struck three fours in 34 balls in an unbeatable knock.
For England, seamer Lauren Bell took three wickets: Aaliyah Alleyne for two, Shemaine Campbelle for ten, and Shabika Gajnabi for 13. She was the main menace for the English ladies.
In reply, England Women were able to post 106 for two in 12.4 overs, which was enough to comfortably win the match and secure a 1-0 lead.
Opener Wyatt was sparkling in scoring an unbeaten 59 off 34 balls, including seven fours and two sixes. Sophie Dunkley chipped in with 25 from 21 balls while Lauren Winfield-Hill made 15 before becoming Guyanese Campbell’s second runout of the night.