NZ Women off mark with T20 win
KINGSTOWN, St.Vincent (CMC): A fiery spell from new ball bowler Morna Neilson rocked the West Indies Women top order and sent them tumbling to a seven-wicket loss against New Zealand Women in the first T20 International at Arnos Vale Sports Complex yesterday.
Windies women plummeted to five for three and crumbling despite a Stafanie Taylor-led fightback with a top score of 43, which sought to rekindle the innings. But Neilson's early wickets had already done irreparable damage.
New Zealand lost an early wicket in their run-chase, but powered by an unbeaten 44 from opener Rachel Priest, the tourists recovered well to secure a comfortable victory with 13 balls to spare.
Neilson grabbed three wickets for 11 runs - opener Taylor, Kycia Knight and the aggressive Deandra Dottin - to help restrict the home side to 92 for six off their 20 overs, after New Zealand had won the toss and elected to field.
Taylor played well to lead the Windies Women's efforts, as she re-energised a struggling innings while receiving support from Britney Cooper, who contributed 20.
Captain Merissa Aguilleira attempted to lead a late charge to further advance the innings, but her unbeaten knock of 11 was not enough.
New Zealand's innings suffered an early setback when Shanel Daley uprooted captain Suzie Bates' stumps for a duck without a run on the board.
However, Rachel Priest took charge of the innings with a confident 44 not out to lead her side to victory and a one-nil lead in the three-match T20 series.
Priest was assisted by Sophie Devine, who got to 24 before losing her stumps to Anisa Mohammed, who picked up one wicket, the same as Daley and Shaquana Quintyne.
The victory was New Zealand's first against West Indies on their current tour, after losing the one-day international series four-nil.
West Indies Women and New Zealand Women meet in the second T20 International at Arnos Vale playing field tomorrow.