Windies Women end winless
HAMILTON, New Zealand, (CMC):
West Indies Women ended their tour of New Zealand in the same vein in which it began, with another defeat and a comprehensive series loss yesterday.
With only pride at stake in the final Twenty20 International of the five-match series at Seddon Park after losing three of the previous four, Windies Women once again found themselves outplayed, to go down by seven wickets.
Sent in, the Caribbean side looked in good shape when captain Stafanie Taylor smashed 42 and teenager Hayley Matthews, 40, in an exciting opening stand of 60 off 44 deliveries.
Deandra Dottin got her first significant score of the series with 33 but off-spinner Leigh Kasperek (2-19) and speedster Lea Tahuhu (2-27) clawed things back for the White Ferns to limit Windies Women to 139 for five off their 20 overs.
Wicketkeeper Katey Martin then extended her excellent form with an unbeaten 54, while Amy Satterthwaite weighed in with 43, as New Zealand stormed to their target in the 17th over.
The innings lay in ruins at 27 for three in the third over following fast bowler Shamilia Connell's devastating new-ball burst but Martin and Satterthwaite calmed their side's fears with an intelligent 116-run, unbroken fourth wicket stand.
The series was a wretched one for the Windies, suffering a whitewash in the three-match one-day series before losing the T20 series, 4-0, with the fourth in New Plymouth abandoned without a ball bowled due to rain.