West Indies Women 207-9 (Taylor 49) beat
New Zealand Women 159 by 48 runs
Women's World Cup Super Six, Mumbai
Report by John Pennington
West Indies are as close to a Women's World Cup final as they have ever been thanks to a 48-run win over New Zealand in their penultimate Super Six game in Mumbai.
Their destiny now lies in their own hands after they defended a score of 207 for nine by dismissing New Zealand for 159 in 44.3 overs.
The West Indies face already-qualified Australia in their final game knowing that a win will see them make the final for the first time. England and New Zealand meet at the same time, hoping Australia can do them a favour and that their net run-rate will be enough to overhaul the West Indies
This was the West Indies' first ever win over New Zealand at their fourth attempt - some sense of timing from Merissa Aguilleira's side indeed.
Stafanie Taylor played the leading role with the bat, scoring 49 at number three after Sian Ruck (2-32) had removed openers Kycia Knight (15) and Natasha McLean (4) and she also chipped in with the wicket of Nicola Browne for four later on. Her innings was a brilliant one, her cover driving precise and her strokeplay powerful as she negated the early swing.
After Ruck had struck with the new ball, Morna Nielsen returned three for 27 by removing Kyshona Knight (13), Merissa Aguilleira (4) and Deandra Dottin (27) to reduce the West Indies to 117 for six, with Taylor's 53-ball innings ending when Suzie Bates had her caught behind.
The West Indies were far from done with the bat, as Shanel Daley led the fightback with 37 in 64 balls and she received staunch support from an unlikely ally in Anisa Mohammed, whose 31 in 32 balls included some outstanding straight hitting and the 45-run partnership frustrated New Zealand - not least after they had dropped Mohammed - and put the West Indies into a strong position.
Tremayne Smartt then emulated Ruck by taking three early wickets to derail New Zealand's run chase. Frances Mackay was trapped in front for four, Sara McGlashan was bowled for 18 and if those two could have no complaints, Sophie Devine (9) was given out leg before wicket despite a thick inside edge as things began to go the West Indies way.
At 47 for three, New Zealand still had hope, especially with Bates still at the crease, even though Katey Perkins' run out for 11 and Browne's dismissal quickly saw them reduced to 83 for five. Then came the hammer blow when Bates, who had scored 277 runs in four matches in the tournament, was caught and bowled by Mohammed.
From 83 for six, there didn't seem to be any way back, although Rachel Priest's 36 in 65 balls kept the White Ferns fighting and helped ensure that their net run-rate didn't dip too much, which could become crucial depending on results on Wednesday.
She was strong through the leg side but after Kate Broadmore got another poor decision to be trapped in front by Dottin for nine and Nielsen was caught behind for 16, Priest had run out of partners, and after Lea Tahuhu was caught and bowled by Dottin for seven, Priest was run out to hand the West Indies a huge victory.
Australia 8 points (NRR +1.003)
West Indies 6 points (NRR +1.136)
England 4 points (NRR +1.079)
New Zealand 4 points (NRR +0.952)
Sri Lanka 2 points (NRR -2.636)
South Africa 0 points (NRR -2.157)
Final Round Permutations:
1. If West Indies beat Australia they will meet Australia in the final regardless of the result in the England v New Zealand game.
2. If Australia and West Indies tie, the two sides will also meet again in the final, regardless of other results.
3. If Australia beat the West Indies, and England and New Zealand tie, Australia play the West Indies in the final.
4. If Australia beat the West Indies and there is a result in the other game, the team with the best net run-rate will join Australia in the final. With the England-New Zealand game starting after the Australia-West Indies game has finished, the two sides will know exactly what is required of them to make it through.
5. Sri Lanka play South Africa in the other final game and barring a huge win for Sri Lanka and a big defeat for England or New Zealand, the two teams will meet again in the fifth/sixth place play-off. Again, should Sri Lanka thrash South Africa, England and New Zealand will know exactly what they have to to remain ahead of Sri Lanka in the table.
© Cricket World 2013
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