Windies Women go down in T20I opener

Kingstown, St.Vincent, CMC — A fiery spell from new ball bowler Morna Neilson rocked the West Indies Women top order and sent them tumbling to a seven wicket loss against New Zealand Women in the first T20 International at Arnos Vale Sports Complex here on Tuesday.

Chasing 93 for victory, New Zealand Women strolled to their target off 17.5 overs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Sent in, the Windies women plummeted to five for three and were crumbling despite a Stafanie Taylor sponsored fight back with a top score of 43 which sought to rekindle the innings but Neilson’s early wickets had already done irreparable damage.

New Zealand lost an early wicket on the chase but powered by an unbeaten 44 from opener Rachel Priest, recovered well to lead the visitors to a comfortable victory with 13 balls to spare.

Neilson grabbed three wickets for 11 runs – opener Taylor, Kycia Knight and the aggressive Deandra Dottin – to help restrict the homeside to 92 for six off their 20 overs after New Zealand had won the toss and elected to field.

Taylor played well to lead efforts to reenergize a struggling innings and received support from Britney Cooper who contributed 20.

Captain Merissa Aguilleira attempted to lead a late charge to further advance the innings but her unbeaten knock of 11 was not enough

New Zealand’s innings suffered an early setback when Shanel Daley uprooted Captain Suzie Bates’ stumps for a duck with no runs on the board.

However Rachel Priest took charge of the innings with a confident 44 not out to lead her side to victory and a one nil lead in the three-match T20 series.

Priest was assisted by Sophie Devine who got to 24 before losing her stumps to Anisa Mohammed who picked up one wicket, same as Daley and Shaquana Quintyne.

The victory was New Zealand’s first against West Indies on their current tour after losing the One Day International series four-nil.

West Indies Women and New Zealand Women meet in the second T20 International at Arnos Vale playing field on Thursday.

Summarized scores: West Indies-92 for 6 from 20 overs: Stefanie Taylor 43; Shemaine Campbell 20

Nielsen 3 for 11; Devine 2 for 12

New Zealand –96 for 3 in 17.5 overs: Priest 44*; Devine 24

Daley; Quintyne and Mohammed 1 wicket each

New Zealand won by 7 wickets with 13 balls remaining

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