NORTHAMPTON, England (CMC):
Not even the return of World number two batsman Stafanie Taylor could save West Indies Women from a 10-run defeat to England Women in the third Twenty20 International here yesterday.
The prolific 21-year-old fell cheaply as the tourists, set a moderate 104 for victory, were bowled out for 93 off 19.2 overs at Wantage Road.
With the defeat, West Indies conceded the series as they now trail 0-3 in the five-match rubber following losses at Chester-le-Street and Old Trafford over the last week.
Asked to field first, West Indies did well to restrict England to 103 for seven, with off-spinner Anisa Mohammed (2-11), seamer Shemaine Campbelle (2-14) and left-arm medium pacer Shanel Daley (2-18) all picking up two wickets apiece.
27 TOP SCORE
Sarah Taylor top-scored with 27 from 31 balls with two fours but no other batsman made it past 20, as West Indies kept the brakes on scoring.
England started positively with openers Charlotte Edwards (17) and Laura Marsh (14) posting 33 from 32 balls.
Once the partnership was broken, however, England lost their way and stumbled to their eventual total.
West Indies had a terrible start, losing Tremayne Smartt for a first-ball 'duck' to the seventh delivery of the innings.
Taylor, who missed the first two matches because of exams in her native Jamaica, was bowled by seamer Arran Brindle (3-16) in the fourth over at six for two as the innings sputtered.
Deandra Dottin, with a breezy 24 from 17 balls with two fours and a six, tried to revive the innings but when she was bowled in the penultimate over, the Windies hopes went with her.
West Indies travel to Hove for the fourth T20I tomorrow.