New Zealand End West Indies' Home Final Bid
New Zealand 180-5 (McGlashan 84, Selman 2-27) beat
West Indies 124-8 (Taylor 41, Watkins 3-24) by 56 runs
ICC Women's World Twenty20 semi-final, Saint Lucia
New Zealand ended hosts West Indies' hopes of reaching the final of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 with a crushing 56-run win in their semi-final in Saint Lucia.
Batting first, the White Ferns scored 180 for five and they then restricted the West Indies to a meagre 124 for eight to set up a final against Australia, who qualified by virtue of an equally dominant win over India one day earlier.
Sara McGlashan starred with the bat as New Zealand piled on the runs, hitting a sublime 84 in 55 balls with six fours and two sixes.
Sophie Devine (27) and Aimee Watkins (20) gave her good support as Shakira Selman emerged as the pick of the bowlers with figures of two for 27.
In reply, Stafanie Taylor blasted 41 in 33 balls but the West Indies quickly lost wickets, and with them went any chance of victory.
A disciplined perfomance in the field saw Nicola Browne and Lucy Doolan pick up a pair of wickets apiece while captain Watkins led from the front with three for 26.
New Zealand and Australia both go into the final on Sunday (16th May) having not lost in the tournament but New Zealand have won the last seven matches between the two sides.
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