Report | Defeat to New Zealand reminds West Indies there is work to be done as Super 6s loom
Written By: Krissania Young
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Following back-to-back wins against Ireland and Indonesia, the West Indies would face their toughest test of Group C when they faced up against the other perfect team in the group, leaders New Zealand.
This top-of-the-table clash saw the West Indies having first turn at bat for the third consecutive time in the tournament. Yet, unlike ever before, the Caribbean side was put in a straitjacket early in the innings, being restricted to just 16 runs in the 5th over. Matters got worse when Anna Browning spun one back in to crash into the top of Shunelle Sawh’s middle-stump at the end of the 5th.
Still, the West Indies must have felt they could have worked around the first-ball duck which immediately followed for Naijanni Cumberbatch, after the right-hander guided a full and wide delivery to cover. After all, Zaida James was still there. However, when the St. Lucian was found driving an in-swinger from Olivia Anderson, not to the pitch of the delivery, the result was a simple catch for Izzy Sharp at midwicket. Now, the West Indies were officially wading through deep waters.
This left the Kiwi’s the opportunity to exploit the Caribbean side’s weaknesses against the slower bowlers, which they did expertly through Kate Chandler's 3/8 and Abigail Hotton's 2/10. The duo teased and toyed with the WINDIES batters, deceiving them with changes in flight and speed, confounding them with turn.
Chandler and Hotton eventually accounted for all five of the remaining wickets which were accredited to bowlers, leaving New Zealand a simple 69 runs for victory. And the result which was never in doubt was achieved in an innings which lasted just 7.2 overs due in large part to Georgia Plimmer 41* (22) and Anna Browning 28* (22) and complemented by an unforgettable day in the field for the West Indies.
The West Indies finish second in the group behind New Zealand, and Ireland joins them to complete the trio from Group C who will move on to the Super 6s stage of the competition.