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Stylish right-hander Stafanie Taylor narrowly missed out on her sixth one-day international (ODI) hundred when she carved out a brilliant 95. But West Indies Women could not capitalise and went down by three wickets to Australia Women in the opening game of the ICC Women's Championship yesterday.
Sent in at Hurstville Oval, West Indies rallied to 240 for eight off their 50 overs, with Player of the Match Taylor leading the way in an innings that required 102 balls, including 12 boundaries. Sixteen-year-old Barbadian Hayley Matthews chipped in with 55 on debut, while free-scoring Deandra Dottin made 24.
West Indies looked good bets to get well beyond their eventual score when they cruised at 201 for two in the 40th over. However, once Taylor perished in the 40th over, the West Indies innings fell away badly as the Caribbean side lost six wickets for 27 runs off just 55 balls.
Off-spinner Erin Osborne was the best bowler with three for 43, while leg-spinner Kristen Beams supported with two for 32.
In reply, the hosts coasted to their target with three balls left, with captain Meg Lanning missing out on a century with 95, while Nicole Bolton (59) and Ellyse Perry (53) supported with half-centuries.
Left-armer Shanel Daley picked up two for 38, off-spinner Anisa Mohammed took two for 39, while Taylor chimed in with two for 45 with her off spin.