The first women’s match to be shown on free-to-air television in England since the 1993 World Cup final proved another one-sided contest, with the home side winning by 20 runs after earlier posting 154 for six.
England had clearly planned for an all-guns-blazing performance – captain Heather Knight calling on the eve of the game for her side to “put on a show” – and they found their woman in Nat Sciver, who blasted 82 from 61 balls, her highest score in the format, including 17 off the penultimate over of England’s innings.
Deandra Dottin continued her one-woman mission to save West Indies from defeat, hitting 63 from 56 balls and once again finishing as her side’s top scorer, after earlier picking up two for 29 in her first outing with the ball in international cricket since a shoulder injury put her out of action in February 2019. But it proved in vain, as England easily sealed their series win – going 3-0 up with 2 matches still left to play.
West Indies had changed up their batting order in an attempt to shift their fortunes, which meant that even with Lee-Ann Kirby and Shemaine Campbelle falling cheaply in the powerplay, Dottin had Hayley Matthews at No 4 to provide some support.
For a time the pair even looked like they might be on course, adding 48 for the third wicket, but Sarah Glenn (two for 18) once again made the crucial intervention, executing the double dismissal of Matthews (21) and Chedean Nation in back-to-back overs, both trapped LBW playing across the line to the leg-spinner.
Two overs later Dottin herself was back in the dugout, after holing out in the deep against Katherine Brunt, and the match was as good as over.
West Indies had given England a scare early on, leaving them reeling at 13 for two after both openers fell in the third over of the day – Tammy Beaumont edging Shamilia Connell’s away-swinger through to the keeper, before Danni Wyatt sliced the ball out towards the deep cover boundary, where Sheneta Grimmond took a good catch. With England only able to muster 33 for two in the first six overs – their lowest powerplay total since their loss to South Africa in the opening round of the T20 World Cup – West Indies appeared to be in the ascendancy.
That calculation bargained without Sciver, however, who recognised that batting sensibly and rotating the strike would allow her to bring the necessary fireworks at the end. Though England hit just five boundaries between overs seven and 15, Sciver was able to steadily advance the score, sharing half-century partnerships with both Knight (29) and Fran Wilson (16*), before a spell of big-hitting from the No 3 saw England add 38 runs across the last three overs. That included the only maximum of the England innings, launched by Sciver over long-on.
While Stafanie Taylor rotated her bowlers at regular intervals, using eight in total, none could dislodge Sciver until the final over of the innings, when Dottin finally broke through and had her bowled, trying for a ramp. It proved too little, too late for the visitors.
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