BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Hayley Matthews collected a polished, maiden One-day International hundred to lead strong WINDIES Women’s batting and set things in motion for a convincing 115-run victory over South Africa Women in the decisive, third ICC Women’s Championship ODI of the Sandals International Home Series on Saturday here.
The 20-year-old Matthews became only the fifth female player from the Caribbean to hit an ODI hundred, cracking 15 fours in a fluent 117 from 146 balls to lead the hosts to 292 for five – their second highest ODI total ever – from their allocation of 50 overs, after they chose to bat on a hard, true Kensington Oval pitch.
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Deandra Dottin followed up a typically enterprising 59 from 44 balls that included four fours and three sixes when the WINDIES Women batted with a destructive spell of 4-36 from 9.3 overs to complete a memorable all-round match, as the South Africans failed to recover from a shaky start and were bowled out for 177 in the 43rd over.
The result meant WINDIES Women drew level in the three-match series, following a 40-run defeat in the first game last Sunday at the same venue, where the second game ended in a no-result from a wash-out, due to rain, three days later.
The victory also earned the Caribbean side two points on the Championship table, taking them into fourth place with nine from nine matches, three behind table toppers New Zealand Women, and two behind both Australia Women and World champions England Women.
The ICC Women’s Championship is played between the eight leading sides – Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and WINDIES – taking on each other in series of three ODIs on a home or away basis.
Hosts New Zealand and the three other top teams from the Championship will gain direct qualification for the 2021 ICC Women’s World Cup.
The remaining four sides will get a second chance through the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier event in which they will be joined by six teams from four regions – Africa, Asia, East Asia Pacific and Europe.
WINDIES WOMEN: Stafanie Taylor (captain), Merissa Aguilleira, Shemaine Campbelle, Shamilia Connell, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Qiana Joseph, Kycia Knight, Hayley Matthews, Natasha McLean, Anisa Mohammed, Chedean Nation, Shakera Selman
SOUTH AFRICA WOMEN: Dané van Niekerk (captain), Chloe Tryon (vice-captain), Mignon du Preez, Marizanne Kapp, Masabata Klaas, Lizelle Lee, Suné Luus, Zintle Mali, Raisibe Ntozakhe, Robyn Searle, Tumi Sekhukhune, Saarah Smith, Faye Tunnicliffe, Laura Wolvaardt
Sun 16 1st IWC ODI – South Africa Women won by 40 runs – Kensington Oval, Barbados
Wed 19 2nd IWC ODI – No result – Kensington Oval
Sat 22 3rd IWC ODI – WINDIES Women won by 115 runs – Kensington Oval
Mon 24 1st Twenty20 International – Kensington Oval
Fri 28 2nd T20I – Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad
Sun 30 3rd T20I – Brian Lara Cricket Academy
Thu 4 4th T20I – Brian Lara Cricket Academy
Sat 6 5th T20I – Brian Lara Cricket Academy
- Visit the CWI website, www.windiescricket.com, for series information, “live” webcasting and scoring of the matches
- Tickets for the matches in the Sandals Series in Barbados are really affordable at just BB $10 and can also be purchased online at www.windiescricket.com or at the Kensington Oval ticket booth
- ICC Women’s World Twenty20 tickets are also now on sale from just US $3 a ticket, as the WINDIES Women defend their ICC Women’s World T20 title, and can be purchased online at https://tickets.worldtwenty20.com/