Saturday 26 November 2011 

West Indies Win World Cup Qualifier

West Indies Win World Cup Qualifier
West Indies Win World Cup Qualifier
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West Indies were today crowned as champions of the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2011, after defeating Pakistan by 130 runs. By virtue of winning the tournament, West Indies has risen in the Reliance ICC Women’s ODI Team Rankings – West Indies now sits fifth in the world while Pakistan has risen from eighth to now occupy sixth place.

ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year, West Indies’ Stafanie Taylor was named Player of the Tournament. Taylor was the highest run-scorer in the tournament after the 20-year-old from Jamaica amassed 325 runs at an average of 81.25, she also claimed 10 wickets at an average of 9.30.

West Indies batter Deandra Dottin’s 95 runs helped the side to a large total, while Anisa Mohammed proved to be the key spinner of the day claiming seven wickets for 14 runs, Mohammed was named Player of the Final.

In the third/fourth play-off between Sri Lanka and South Africa at Khanshaheb Osman Ali Stadium, Sri Lanka defeated South Africa by three wickets. Sri Lanka has maintained its global ranking of seven, while South Africa has slipped from fifth to eighth. 

In Bangladesh’s first ODI since gaining international status on 24th November, Salma Khatun’s side defeated Ireland at BKSP* 2 to claim its inaugural position in the Reliance ICC Women’s ODI Team Rankings at number nine, Ireland now occupy the 10th place.

In the seventh/eighth play-off, The Netherlands comfortably defeated USA by 126 runs at BKSP 3.

At Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Merissa Aguilleira won the toss and elected to bat first against Pakistan. West Indies opening duo, Taylor and Juliana Nero, got things going at a quick pace with the pair making 45 in the first 10 overs, but Taylor departed as the ninth over was drawing to its end after she was clean bowled by Pakistan vice-captain Bismah Maroof.

A spectacular 95 from Deandra Dottin, saw the young all-rounder from Barbados smash seven sixes, four of them in one over, to help the West Indies to a hefty total of 250 after Juliana Nero had steadied the West Indies batting line up with Taylor and Shanel Daley departing for 32 and 20 respectively.

Dottin corner-stoned the West Indian innings, much to the delight of the crowd, she was assisted by Nero, Aguilleira and Stacy-Ann King, the latter providing a lovely cameo with the bat once again. Dottin departed after trying to hit a six off Bismah and was promptly caught by Nain Abidi.

In reply, Pakistan took its time to get proceedings underway, losing an early wicket in Nida Dar, the 24-year-old promoted up the order to open today departed for just two runs after Daley trapped her leg-before.

Mohammed then combined with Taylor to spin the Pakistanis out of a chance of reaching the 251 target. Thereafter Mohammed ripped through Pakistan’s batting line-up to remove Qanita Jalil, the top-scorer of the Pakistan side.

Mohammed then worked her magic through the middle-order removing Sana, Bismah Maroof, Nain Abidi, Asmavia Iqbal and the entire lower order to complete the day with match figures of 8.2-1-14-7, it is the 23-year-old’s best bowling in an ODI to date.

Sri Lanka took on South Africa in the third/fourth play-off in what proved to be an exciting fixture in Fatullah. Dilani Manodara’s side lost the toss and were put into field as South Africa aimed to make a hefty target, but only Shandre Fritz provided the main runs of the innings.

Fritz’s opening partner, Tricia Chetty departed for just five runs, while the middle order stumbled, Mignon du Preez, Marizanne Kapp and Kirstie Thomson all failing with the bat as Sri Lanka’s fielders showed their worth holding on to every ball that came their way. Ultimately, despite a good cameo with the bat by Shabnim Ismail (31 runs), the South Africans were all out for 190 in 50 overs.

In response, Sri Lanka put in its best performance with the bat in the tournament, thanks to the 116 run opening wicket partnership between Yashoda Mendis and Chamari Attappattu in the side’s play-off for seventh and eighth in the global rankings.  Mendis departed for 47 after the 27th over and it was then up to Sandamali Dolawatte to stabalise the innings after Sri Lanka’s middle order failed to make runs.

Dolawatte stuck around on an unbeaten 29 and ensured Sri Lanka reached its target with the help of Eshani Kaushalya and then Chamani Seneviratna giving Sri Lanka a victory over South Africa and ensuring Du Preez’s side slipped from fifth to eighth globally and concluding the tournament in fourth place.

In the host’s first one-day international match, Bangladesh took on Ireland at BKSP 2 and Salma Khatun’s side posted a large total of 210.

Suktara Rahaman and Sharmin Supta set the hosts on their way, the duo putting on 113 in their opening partnership before Supta departed when she fell short of her crease and Jill Whelan whipped the stumps off.

After a stumble by the middle order, Lata Mondol and Rumana Ahmed added more to the total to give Ireland a tough target to chase down. Whelan proved the pick of the Irish attack taking 3-32 and claiming two run-outs, but Ireland’s batters were not so fortunate.

Ceceila Joyce opened the batting alongside Melissa Scott-Hayward and the elder of the Joyce twins looked set to give Ireland the start it needed, scoring 42 before she was clean bowled by the in-form Rumana.

Joyce’s departure saw the collapse of the Irish batting line-up which had difficulty against Salma and Rumana’s off and leg-spin respectively. Ireland looked set to last the full 50 overs as Mary Whaldron ground out a 55-ball 25 runs and Laura Cullen faced 41-balls to make just nine, but some swift fielding ensured Bangladesh its first ODI victory and on home turf.

Ireland has now slipped to 10th in the Reliance ICC Women’s ODI Team Rankings while Bangladesh enters the rankings for the first time in ninth.

In the seventh/eighth play-off between USA and The Netherlands, Helmien Rambaldo’s side posting a mammoth total of 293 in its 50 overs against Doris Francis’ side at BKSP 3.

The Dutch top five contributed substantially to the total, including Rambaldo with 53 and Kerry-Anne Tomlinson with 73. Francis ended up using eight bowlers in an attempt to dismiss the Dutch side but still only managed to remove seven wickets in the 50 overs.

In reply, USA were going to battle to make the target but valiant efforts from Erica Rendler, Triholder Marshall and Anahita Arora saw the side fall 126 runs short of its target and finish the event in eighth place after Tomlinson dismissed four of the side for 42 runs.

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