Windies Women extend wretched run with fourth loss
West Indies' misery at the ICC Women's World Cup increased yesterday when they produced yet another docile performance against New Zealand Women to lose by eight wickets and crash to their fourth straight defeat.
In what has become the norm during the campaign, the Caribbean side meekly surrendered for 150 all out off 43 overs after being sent in at Somerset County Ground and then watched helplessly as the Kiwis stormed to the target in the 19th over.
Veteran opener Rachel Priest slammed the fastest-ever ever Women's World Cup fifty en route to a stroke-filled 90 while Suzie Bates struck an unbeaten 40 to take their side to five points and fourth in the eight-team standings.
West Indies, meanwhile, continued bottom without a point with virtually all hope extinguished of making the final four.
Once again, their batting proved shambolic. Kyshona Knight, batting at number seven, top-scored with 42 while tail-ender Afy Fletcher finished on 23 not out and captain Stafanie Taylor and wicketkeeper Merissa Aguilleira both got 20.
They were undermined by off-spinner Leigh Kasperek (3-17) and seamer Lea Tahuhu (3-39), who picked up three wickets apiece.
The in-form Hayley Matthews followed with one run added, top-edging a pull back to the bowler to depart for nine.
Taylor and Chedean Nation (17) then revived the innings with a 43-run, third-wicket stand, but the partnership required 71 deliveries and put the Kiwis under little pressure.
The right-handed Taylor, without a significant score in the series, struck four fours in 32 balls at the crease while Nation hit three boundaries in a 43-ball knock.