West Indies Women 133-7 (Taylor 56) beat
England Women 124-9 (Dottin 4-12) by 9 runs
ICC Women's World T20 2014 Group B, Sylhet
All-rounders Stafanie Taylor and Deandra Dottin played starring roles as the West Indies Women beat England Women by nine runs in their opening ICC Women's World Twenty20 match in Sylhet.
Taylor struck 56 as the West Indies posted 133 for seven and Dottin took four for 12 as England were held to 124 for nine in reply.
Charlotte Edwards top scored with 44 at the top of the order before England's innings fell away.
West Indian openers Taylor (56 in 45 balls) and Kycia Knight (43 in 42 balls) put on 87 together in 12.3 overs to set an excellent platform for their side.
England hit back through Natalie Sciver, who took the wickets of Taylor, Dottin (9) and Kyshona Knight (2), to return three for 18.
Anya Shrubsole also took two for 25, Rebecca Grundy one for 20 and Jenny Gunn one for 24 as Merissa Aguilleira, with 11, was the only player to reach double figures.
England's innings plotted a similar course as Edwards struck seven fours to hit 44 in 39 balls as she and Sarah Taylor (17) put on 42 together.
However, once Taylor was run out by Dottin and Lydia Greenway was bowled by Shanel Daley for 14 England started to slide.
Their inexperienced middle order couldn't offer Edwards much support and she fell in the 16th over to leave the score 94 for five after Sciver (7) and Tamsin Beaumont (2) were both bowled by Dottin.
Heather Knight fell to Tremayne Smartt for six and Dottin had her fourth wicket when she trapped Jenny Gunn in front for two.
Some late blows from Danielle Hazell (11 not out) and Anya Shrubsole (10) came too late for England, as the West Indies had left them with too much to do.
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