New Zealand Keep Up Winning Run
New Zealand Women 103-2 (Bates 50) beat
West Indies Women 99-7 by eight wickets
Fourth Twenty20 International, Maunganui
New Zealand Women made it six wins in as many completed matches as they beat the West Indies Women by eight wickets in the fourth Twenty20 International in Maunganui.
After the West Indies had limped to 99 for seven, the home side raced to their victory target in just 16.2 overs.
Morna Nielsen and Suzie Bates took two wickets apiece and Bates then cracked 50 in 49 balls to put the home side 3-0 up in the five-match series with one game remaining.
They won the One-Day International series by the same margin and only rain in the second Twenty20 has denied them a perfect record.
The West Indies struggled desperately after winning the toss and choosing to bat and lost three early wickets to slip to 21 for three.
Nielsen had a hand in all three, running out Shanel Daley for four and then trapping both Shaquana Quintyne and Kyshona Knight in front for nine and nought respectively in consecutive deliveries.
Shemaine Campbelle survived the hat-trick ball and went on to make 29, putting on 45 with Kycia Knight (28) at the top of the order.
However, aside from Merissa Aguilleira's 16 after Campbelle was caught by Maddy Green off Nicola Browne, there was little more to come from the tourists and they failed to break three figures.
Bates had Aguilleira cauhgt by Sara McGlashan and then Stacy-Ann King for four while Frances Mackay was the other wicket-taker, having Kycia Knight also caught by McGlashan.
Samantha Curtis then fell for a golden duck, run out by Quintyne and Aguilleira but Bates and McGlashan (32 not out) put on 77 together to steer New Zealand to the brink of victory.
Bates hit four fours and two sixes before she was caught by Kycia Knight off Anisa Mohammed and Sophie Devine, unbeaten on 15, helped the White Ferns ease over the line.
The final game is tomorrow and then both sides will head to Bangladesh for the ICC Women's World Twenty20.
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