A ton off Dottin's back
LEICESTER, England (CMC):
Nine days ago at Grace Road here, Deandra Dottin was virtually inconsolable after West Indies were dismissed for 48 - their second-lowest total in One-Day Internationals - as they crashed to an embarrassing 10-wicket defeat to South Africa Women.
The 26-year-old sobbed openly following the result which marked the Caribbean side's third straight loss at the ICC Women's World Cup. She had failed to score and conceded 23 runs off her three overs - including the winning runs.
Yesterday here, emotions could not have been more contrasting. Dottin was tossing her bat away in euphoria in celebration of her maiden ODI hundred - a superb unbeaten 104 off 76 balls - as West Indies beat Pakistan by 19 runs under Duckworth/Lewis.
"I think it is a big, big achievement knowing that I have been working very hard on my game and to have actually crossed the border in scoring that hundred today I feel very proud of myself. I knew I could've done it and I did it today," the Barbadian told reporters afterwards.
"It's a big relief. It's been due for a long time knowing the type of player I am, I could have scored a hundred - and I should have a couple more anyway. But I'm just thankful for it, I'm thanking God for bringing me through it and helping me to stay strong at the crease."