England Women Ease To Victory
West Indies Women 71-8 (Colvin 2-5) by 8 wickets
First Twenty20 International, Chester-le-Street
England Women recorded their 16th successive win in Twenty20 Internationals by defeating West Indies Women by eight wickets in the first match of their five match series at Chester-le-Street.
Charlotte Edwards and Laura Marsh ensured that England made short work of the tourists’ woeful total of 71 for eight and added 59 inside the first seven overs. They found the boundary with a regularity that West Indies had been lacking in their innings, with Edwards’ tally of three boundaries in her 26-ball 27 not out the same as that for the entire West Indies innings.
Marsh was even more aggressive and hit 31 off only 22 balls, including five boundary fours, which, combined with her earlier spell of tidy off-spin, was enough to earn her the player of the match award.
The West Indies were without their best player, all-rounder Stafanie Taylor, and it showed as they lost regular wickets throughout their 20 overs and their scoring rate was strangled by the home side’s spinners. Besides Marsh (one for 11), Holly Colvin returned remarkable figures of two for five from her four overs, while Danielle Wyatt chipped in with one for 17 from her four.
West Indies had begun their innings in the worst possible fashion as Katherine Brunt found swing in her first over and removed both openers for ducks. She ended with two for 16 from her four overs and from her second ball, which had Juliana Nero leg-before, England never looked back.