West Indies Women 145-5 (Dottin 60no) beat
New Zealand 142 by five wickets
First One-Day International, Saint Kitts
Five wickets from Tremayne Smartt and a half-century from Deandra Dottin helped the West Indies beat New Zealand Women by five wickets in the first One-Day International in Saint Kitts.
Smartt returned a haul of five for 24, including the wicket of captain Suzie Bates for nought, as New Zealand were bowled out for 142 in 44.1 overs.
Dottin then scored her 11th ODI half-century, hitting 60 not out, as the West Indies reached their target in 40.1 overs.
The win sees them get off the mark in the ICC Women's Championship, as both teams began the qualification process for the 2017 World Cup.
New Zealand won the toss and chose to bat first but made a poor start against Smartt, who bowled Bates and then trapped Sara McGlashan in front for one.
She went on to also dismiss Sophie Devine (36), Rachel Priest (4) and Lea Tahuhu (0) to register her maiden five-wicket haul; prior to this match she had never previously taken more than three wickets in 37 ODIs.
Shanel Daley took two wickets and there was one apiece for Anisa Mohammed, Shakera Selman and Stafanie Taylor as apart from a 70-run fifth-wicket partnership between Devine and Katie Perkins (36), New Zealand struggled.
Amy Satterthwaite also scored 33 and Sam Curtis (12) was the only other player to reach double figures.
The home side also lost a wicket early in their innings when Natasha McLean was trapped in front by Hayley Jensen for five.
Kycia Knight and Taylor both hit 21 as they helped rebuild the innings before Taylor and Dottin put on 58 for the third wicket.
Knight and Taylor fell to Georgia Guy but Dottin hit seven fours and a six to take her side to the brink of victory.
By the time that Bates had her caught by Devine and then trapped Merissa Aguilleira in front for a golden duck, it was too little, too late for the White Ferns.
Shemaine Campbelle hit a patient unbeaten 18 in 47 balls and Daley cracked 13 not out in eight balls to seal the victory.
Guy finished with figures of two for 26 and Bates two for 17.
The second game in the four-match series - the first three of which count towards the ICC Women's Championship - is on Sunday 14th September.
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