England 127-3 (Taylor 55no) beat
West Indies 126 (Cross 4-51) by 7 wickets
Second One-Day International, Trinidad
England Women earnt themselves at least a share of the One-Day International series against West Indies Women by thrashing the hosts in Trinidad.
Kate Cross, Natalie Sciver and Holly Colvin were all exceptional with the ball in dismissing the hosts for 126. Sarah Taylor then ensured that there would no problems for England in the run chase by hitting 55 not out off 74 balls.
West Indies had quickly slipped to 14 for three after winning the toss and electing to bat. Cross, in only her second ODI, was responsible for all of them, including getting the big wicket of Stafanie Taylor for only eight.
Shemaine Campbelle and Deandra Dottin then began to rebuild the innings during a cautious fourth-wicket partnership 39. They, however, both fell in quick succession for 19 apiece to end any realistic hopes of West Indies posting a match-winning total.
Sciver (3-19) got the other big wicket of Dottin and then followed that up by having Shanel Daley (1) caught and Tremayne Smartt (13) bowled. Holly Colvin, meanwhile, was virtually impossible to score off during her ten overs and delivered them for figures of two for seven, including an astonishing six maidens.
Shaquana Quintyne did at least push the West Indies score into three figures, top-scoring with 42 from 50 balls from number eight.
The hosts knew that they needed early wickets if they were to make England sweat. They got just one, when Subrina Munroe trapped Charlotte Edwards in front for six. Lauren Winfield and Sarah Taylor then added 64 for the second-wicket to lay the platform for the successful run chase.
Winfield was caught off Smartt for 31, but Taylor remained until the end and added a further 36 with Lydia Greenway (20) for the third-wicket. She was joined by Tammy Beaumont (9 not out) to hit the winning runs and make sure that England will go into tomorrow’s final match knowing that only they can win the series.
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