Devine Intervenes, New Zealand Win Again
New Zealand Women 120-7 (Devine 40) beat
West Indies Women 88 (Jensen 2-11) by 32 runs
First Twenty20 International, Invercargill
Sophie Devine hit 40 and then took two wickets as New Zealand Women beat West Indies Women by 32 runs in the first Twenty20 International in Invercargill.
After the White Ferns reached 120 for seven, the West Indies were bowled out for just 88 with Hayley Jensen taking two for 11 on debut.
The victory extended New Zealand's winning run to four games after they carried off the One-Day International series 3-0.
They started this game strongly after being put into bat by the West Indies. Devine (40 in 39 balls) and Suzie Bates (32 in 26) compiled what would turn out to be the game's only stand of 50 or more.
Their 53 runs came in 7.4 overs although following their efforts, Katie Perkins (14) was the only other New Zealander to reach double figures.
Tremayne Smartt bowled outstandingly to return three for 17 while there was a wicket apiece for debutant Vanessa Watts, Shakira Selman and Anisa Mohammed.
Natasha McLean then got going for the West Indies, hitting 22 in 21 balls but she was alone in making any progress.
Devine had her opening partner Kycia Knight caught by Perkins and returned later on to dismiss Watts caught and bowled while Jensen removed McLean and Kyshona Knight (0).
Stacy-Ann King (10), Shaquana Quintyne (20 not out) and Watts (16) also made starts but having been reduced to 37 for five, their efforts were too little, too late.
Morna Nielsen, Bates, Frances Mackay and Nicola Browne all took a wicket apiece meaning that all six bowlers used by New Zealand were successful as the West Indies were bowled out in 18.1 overs.
Devine also took a catch and ran out Selman to end the game.
The second game in the five-match series is tomorrow (2nd March).
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