New Zealand Women 225-8 (Bates 110) beat
West Indies Women 224 by 1 run
First One-Day International, Jamaica
A fifth career century from New Zealand skipper Suzie Bates set up her side’s tense one-run win over West Indies at Sabina Park. However, the home side should have still overhauled the White Ferns’ total of 225 for eight, collapsing from 205 for five to lose by a single run.
Speaking after the match, their coach Sherwin Campbell was left to rue their collapse of five for 19. “This was a game we should have won,” he said. “New Zealand won the toss and batted well, but we also batted well, but just could not finish the job. We will look to come back on Tuesday and rebound. Still two matches to go and we know we are capable of winning the series.”
The West Indies were cruising towards their target at 179 for four with Deandra Dottin going strong. They recovered from a shaky position of 54 for three - Morna Nielsen striking twice - thanks to a knock of 38 from Stafanie Taylor. Dottin and skipper Merissa Aguilleira then added 74 for the fifth wicket.
Dottin was finally removed for 65 off only 66 balls by Erin Bermingham and the collapse began. Shanel Daley made just seven prior to be caught off Sian Ruck, while Aguilleira’s resistance was ended at 43 off 63 balls by Nicola Browne.
Shaquana Quintyne (11), Anisa Mohammed (0) and Tremayne Smartt (2) didn’t hang around long, with Browne responsible for two of their dismissals. Her run out of Quintyne in the final over ended the game in her side’s favour.
Bates had earlier been superb for the tourists as they too suffered a collapse towards the end of their innings as they searched for quick runs. She made 110 off 133 balls and dominated stands of 65 with Natalie Dodd (18 off 65 balls) and 95 with Amy Satterthwaite (33 off 56 balls).
Sophie Devine was the only one able to match her rate of run-scoring during a carefree knock of 34 off 28 balls, which included a brace of sixes. Both she and Bates fell in quick succession, hwoever, as New Zealand lost their way in the closing overs.
Stafanie Taylor was the comfortable pick of the West Indies attack, returning figures of four for 19 from seven overs of off-spin. The other wicket-takers were Smartt (1-36), Quintyne (1-42) and Daley (1-33).
The two teams will meet again on Tuesday for the second match, again at Sabina Park, with the third and final match following two days later.
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