Fifth defeat leaves wobbly Windies on shaky ground

June 23, 2017
Wicketkeeper Nuzhat Parween and Shikha Pandey appeal unsuccessfully against Hayley Matthews during a pre-Women's World Cup practice match between West Indies Women and India Women at the Leicester Grammar School.

OAKHAM (CMC):

A sensational batting meltdown left West Indies Women with a crushing six-wicket defeat to South Africa Women in their final official warm-up game, and teetering on the brink of turmoil just five days before their opening game of the ICC Cricket World Cup on Monday.

Opting to bat first at Lime Kilns Ground, West Indies stunningly collapsed to 63 all out off 23.5 overs, with opener Hayley Matthews top-scoring with 19 to be one of just three batsmen in double figures.

The Caribbean side were 60 for three in the 16th over, but lost their last seven wickets for three runs in the space of 49 balls in an astonishing slide.

The defeat for West Indies was their second in three days and fifth since they arrived in England nearly four weeks ago to prepare for the June 24 to July 23 showpiece.

Both captain Stafanie Taylor and batting coach Stuart Williams had underscored the importance of winning both warm-up games, but their urging went unheeded as West Indies failed to show any enterprise.

They face Australia in their opening game of the campaign in Taunton.

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