The resourceful West Indies pull off another robbery to bring England down
West Indies pulled off their second World Cup upset in as many games, this time against reigning champions England, who were bowled out for 226 in a low-scoring thriller in Dunedin on Wednesday. England’s depth was highlighted when they were reduced to 94 for 5 at one point, thanks of Hayley Matthews’ two powerplay goals. However, Shamilia Connell’s timely double-wicket over and Anisa Mohammed’s heroics in the final over enabled West Indies to pull off the robbery and move up to second place on the points table.
West Indies’ good start, opting to bat, was highlighted by an 81-run opening pair between Deandra Dottin and Matthews. While the veteran bowled 31 off 64 deliveries, Matthews was extremely aggressive in her 58-ball 45, smashing two sixes and four more boundaries. England battled their way back into the game thanks to Sophie Ecclestone, who denied Matthews a fifty and then caught West Indies skipper Stafanie Taylor behind for a golden duck in a memorable over that also saw Dottin dismissed. After five overs, the spinner brought an end to Kycia Knight’s 22-ball stand at the crease, reducing Windies to 98 for 4.
West Indies were rescued by Shemaine Campbell’s (66) and Chedean Nation’s (49*) game-changing 123-run stand. The pair rotated strike effectively, with the former amassing a 70-ball half-century. She was eliminated in the penultimate round after chasing powerful hits at the death, and a couple of more late strokes left Nation stuck in 49th place. The 225, on the other hand, provided West Indies bowlers something to work with.
Matthews upended England’s sedate start with her twin strikes to eliminate Heather Knight and Nat Sciver following Lauren Winfield-stay Hill’s being cut short by a Dottin stunner at backward point. At 94 for 5, with Tammy Beaumont contributing 46 runs, the opposition mounted a counter-attacking 60-run combination between Danielle Wyatt and Sophia Dunkley. However, just as England appeared to have resurrected their pursuit, Taylor ended the dangerous stand with Dunkely’s scalp and Connell dismissed Wyatt and Katherine Brunt in the 35th over to put West Indies ahead.
England regained the impetus as Ecclestone and Kate Cross joined for a 61-run partnership. By relying on their good fortune, the pair reduced the target to single digits before a deadly twist in the tale occurred in the form of a chance run-out. Ecclestone stepped out to Anisa and smacked it straight down the ground, only for the spinner to redirect it with a light touch of her fingertips onto the stumps at the non-end. striker’s Cross’ bat was in the air as the bails fell off, providing a vital opening for the West Indies. Two balls later, the veteran dismissed Anya Shrubsole for a duck, handing England their second consecutive defeat.