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Fifth defeat leaves wobbly
Windies on shaky ground
OAKHAM, England -- A sensational
batting meltdown left West Indies
Women with a crushing six-wick-
et defeat to South Africa Women
in their final official warm-up
game, and teetering on the brink
of turmoil just five days before
their opening game of the ICC
Cricket World Cup next Monday.
Opting to bat first at Lime Kilns
Ground yesterday, West Indies stun-
ningly collapsed to 63 all out off 23.5
overs, with opener Hayley Matthews
top-scoring with 19 to be one of just
three batsmen in double figures.
The Caribbean side were 60 for
three in the 16th over but lost their
last seven wickets for three runs in
the space of 49 balls, in an astonish-
Seamer Masabata Klaas grabbed
four for 14 to be South Africa's best
In reply, the Proteas lost four wick-
ets en route to their target which they
achieved in the 19th over with Laura
Wolvaardt hitting 26.
She put on 45 for the first wicket
with Lizelle Lee who made 18 but
South Africa then lost four quick
wickets for 11 runs, to take some shine
of the victory.
Veteran off-spinner Anisa Moham-
med finished with two for six.
The defeat for West Indies was their
second in three days and fifth since
they arrived in England nearly four
weeks ago to prepare for the June 24
to July 23 showpiece.
Both captain Stafanie Taylor and
batting coach Stuart Williams had
underscored the importance of win-
ning both warm-up games but their
urging went unheeded as West Indies
failed to show any enterprise.
There was no sign of the collapse to
come when the in-form Matthews put
on 35 with rookie Felicia Walters (14)
for the first wicket in good conditions.
But once the 19-year-old Mat-
thews played on to left-arm seamer
Moseline Daniels in the 11th over af-
ter facing 38 balls and striking three
fours, the innings fell apart spectac-
Walters followed in the 16th over,
playing on to Klaas and three balls lat-
er in the same over, Reniece Boyce de-
parted for 10 to a catch at extra cover.
West Indies had crawled to 60 for
three when Deandra Dottin played
across one from Klaas and was bowled
in the 18th over for six.
Four balls later in the following over
without addition to the total, Che-
dean Nation drove left-arm speedster
Chloe Tryon to extra cover to fall for
three and Shanel Daley (0) and former
skipper Merissa Aguilleira (1) both
perished via the run out route as the
Caribbean side capitulated.
They face Australia in their open-
ing game of the campaign in Taunton.
Windies go after
The West Indies did not qualify
for the Champions Trophy and
India was beaten in the final by
Pakistan. However, the Indian
camp is not the happiest at the
moment and the West Indies with
nothing to lose will be going hard
to create an upset in the open-
ing match of the Seagrams five-
match ODI series at the Queen's
Park Oval today.
India has lost three of their last
four overseas meetings with the
West Indies and the regional side
will be looking at this and saying to
themselves that they can pull one
over this powerful Indian side. The
Indians arrived in the West Indies
with their own problems, as head
coach Anil Kumble has decided not
to continue in the role, due to an ap-
parent rift with skipper Virat Kohli.
Middle order batsman Jason Mo-
hammed speaking to the media ahead
of the clash said:"It will take a total
team effort for us to defeat India.
Guys need to step up to the plate and
give that special performance. India
is one of the best it will be nice to put
in some good performances against
them." West Indies has won just two
of nine ODI matches this year and
one of their losses came at the hands
of minnows Afghanistan two weeks
ago in St. Lucia.
Mohammed thinks that they can
spring a surprise against the Indi-
ans :"We have good players and once
they play well be can get over any
team. What is needed is consistent
performances from the boys and this
can take us over the line." West Indies
go into the match without their strike
bowler Shannon Gabriel and Mo-
hammed is hoping others can make
up for this loss. "Losing Shannon
makes it a bit difficult but the guys
coming in will do a good job and try
to replace him."
On a personal note the right hander
who has returned good performances
this season said: "I have been fairly
consistent with the bat and lead-
ing with runs this year and looking
to keep it up. Good performances
against India will boost your sta-
tus and I am going out there to look
for big runs. Mohammed narrowly
missed out on scoring a century
against Pakistan in Guyana earlier
this season and says he would love
to correct that statistic at home. "I
will love to score a century in front
of my home crowd and in front of my
family who has been a great support
for me throughout my career."
The pitch is expected to play much
better than the slow ones that were
on offer against Pakistan two months
ago. The Oval authorities have hired
a new groundsman in Shaker Mano
and he comes into the job with a very
good reputation. He was credited
with the excellent strip at UWI SPEC
and also at the National Cricket Cen-
tre (NCC) in Couva.
West Indies wicketkeeper/batsman Shai Hope bats in the nets at the Oval yesterday. The right handed Barbadian
has been in good form this season and will be looking to produce for his team against India today.
PHOTO: VINODE MAMCHAN
Opener Hayley Matthews misses a stroke and is bowled during West Indies
Women's warm-up game against South Africa yesterday.
PHOTO COURTESY CWI MEDIA
South Africa vs West Indies -- warm-up
WEST INDIES WOMEN
H Matthews b Daniels
F Walters b Klaas
R Boyce c Luus b Klaas
C Nation c Luus b Tryon
D Dottin b Klaas
M Aguilleira run out
S Daley run out
A Mohammed c wkp Chetty b Klaas 0
S Selman not out
S Connell run out
Extras (w8, nb1)
TOTAL (all out, 23.5 overs) 63
Did not bat: A Fletcher, Kyshona Knight,
Q Joseph, S Taylor.
Fall of wickets: 1-35, 2-46, 3-51, 4-60,
5-60, 6-61, 7-62, 8-62, 9-62, 10-63)
Bowling: Ismail 4-1-11-0 (nb1), Kapp
3-1-5-0, Khaka 4-0-17-0 (w1), Daniels
4-0-13-1 (w2), Klaas 4.5-1-14-4 (w4),
Tryon 2-1-2-1, Luus 2-1-1-1.
SOUTH AFRICA WOMEN
L Wolvaardt c & b Dottin
L Lee b Daley
T Chetty lbw b Mohammed
M du Preez not out
C Tryon b Mohammed
A Steyn not out
Extras (lb1, w2)
TOTAL (4 wkts, 19 overs) 65
Did not bat: A Khaka, D van Niekerk, M
Kapp, M Klaas, M Daniels, N de Klerk, R
Ntozakhe, S Ismail, S Luus
Fall of wickets: 1-45, 2-47, 3-56, 4-56
Bowling: Dottin 4-1-16-1 (w1), Selman
4-1-6-0, Connell 4-1-15-0 (w1), Daley
5-0-21-1, Mohammed 2-0-6-2.
Result: South Africa Women won by
To ss : West Indies Women.
Umpires: K Cross, Sharfuddoula.
West Indies: Evin Lewis, Kieran
Powell, Shai Hope (wk), Jonathan
Carter, Jason Mohammed, Roston
Chase, Rovman Powell, Jason
Holder (capt), Ashley Nurse, Alz-
arri Joseph and Miguel Cummins.
India: Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya
Rahane, Virat Kohli (capt), Yuvraj
Singh, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jad-
hav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jade-
ja, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar
and Umesh Yadav.
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