WI Women fall short
CANBERRA, Australia (CMC):
An impressive unbeaten half century from teenager Hayley Matthews and a destructive three-wicket haul from spinner Anisa Mohammed could not prevent West Indies Women from a six-run loss to Cricket Australia Women's X1 in a T20 match in Canberra yesterday.
Mohammed snapped up three wickets for 19 runs to unsettle the top order and restrict the home side to 128 for five in their 20 overs at Manuka Oval.
Sixteen-year-old Matthews batted throughout the innings to be unbeaten on 62 as the visitors got to 122 for four before the overs ran out.
All-rounder Ellyse Perry, who opened the batting, was the star of the Australian innings with a top score of 62 retired out. She teamed up with Delissa Kimmince in a solid opening partnership that produced 58 runs.
Perry, who faced 52 balls, hit 10 fours, but did not receive adequate batting support as Mohammed ran through the top order, shattering the stumps of opener Kimmince for 11 and removing Jess Cameron and Nicola Carey cheaply.
Matthews, who made her T20 international debut for West Indies against New Zealand a month ago, opened the batting with a commanding display, but was running out of partners as the visitors slid to 68 for four. She occupied the crease for 79 minutes, facing 52 balls and smashed six fours and two sixes. Captain Merissa Aguilleira was not out on 15.
The defeat was the second for West Indies Women, who suffered a nine-wicket loss to Cricket Australia Women's X1 in the first game on Tuesday.
West Indies Women and Australia Women will play four T20 internationals and four one-day international matches starting November 2.