Windies Women remain on losing trail
TAUNTON, England (CMC):
West Indies' misery at the ICC Women's World Cup increased yesterday when they produced yet another docile performance against New Zealand Women to lose by eight wickets and crash to their fourth straight defeat.
In what has become the norm during the campaign, the Caribbean side meekly surrendered for 150 all out off 43 overs after being sent in at Somerset County Ground and then watched helplessly as the Kiwis stormed to the target in the 19th over.
Veteran opener Rachel Priest slammed the fastest ever Women's World Cup fifty en route to a stroke-filled 90 while Suzie Bates struck an unbeaten 40, to take their side to five points and fourth in the eight-team standings.
West Indies are without a point with virtually all hope extinguished of making the final four.
Once again, their batting proved shambolic. Kyshona Knight, batting at number seven, top-scored with 42 while tail-ender Afy Fletcher finished on 23 not out and captain Stafanie Taylor and wicketkeeper Merissa Aguilleira both got 20.
They were undermined by off-spinner Leigh Kasperek (3-17) and seamer Lea Tahuhu (3-39) who picked up three wickets apiece.
West Indies' promises of an improved showing came to nothing as they slumped to 10 for two in the fifth over with Tahuhu removing both openers cheaply.
Left-hander Kycia Knight, who only arrived earlier this week as one of two injury replacements, had a miserable start to her campaign when she edged a low catch behind without scoring in the third over.
And the inform Hayley Matthews followed with one run added, top-edging a pull back to the bowler to depart for nine.
Taylor and Chedean Nation (17) then revived the innings with a 43-run, third wicket stand but the partnership required 71 deliveries and put the Kiwis under little pressure.
The right-handed Taylor, without a significant score in the series, struck four fours in 32 balls at the crease while Nation hit three boundaries in a 43-ball knock.
Kasperek returned to trap Taylor leg before wicket, sweeping at the first delivery of a new spell and her dismissal triggered a slide where West Indies lost three wickets without for no runs in the space of eight deliveries.
Deandra Dottin horror run continued when she drove the very next delivery back to Kasperek to perish for a first-ball 'duck' and in the next over, Nation's vigil ended when she clipped leg-spinner Amelia Kerr to short midwicket where Amy Satterthwaite took a simple catch.
Tottering on 53 for five in the 18th over, Kyshona Knight and Aguilleira combined in a 38-run stand to stabilise the innings.
The left-handed Kyshona, Kycia's twin sister, looked composed in an innings lasting 60 deliveries and including seven fours while Aguilleira, in her 100th ODI, struck two fours and a six off 30 balls.