At the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua, Ireland triggered a spectacular collapse against the more fancied Sri Lanka with a disciplined bowling effort. From 66 for two in the 12th over, Sri Lanka slid to 85 all out. Medium pacer Laura Maritz claimed three wickets in the eight balls she bowled, and Celeste Raack took a brace beside effecting a run out.
Clare Shillington then anchored the chase with a calm unbeaten 50 (39b, 7x4) to give Ireland an eight wicket win and a confidence boosting upset.
Clare Shillington: “I was delighted to get some runs on the board and bring it home comfortably – I hope it (the win) gives the team the confidence going into the tournament and our first match against Australia.”
Sri Lanka captain Chamari Athapaththu: “Our fielding is (normally) really good but today we didn’t perform like we know we can. Let’s see what we can do in the big matches, we will try and fulfil our potential and play our normal game.”
In the other warm up games, played at the Guyana National Stadium in Georgetown, India and the Windies walked away with wins.
Batting first after winning the toss, India put on 144 for six thanks to a breezy 62 not out from Harmanpreet Kaur (32b, 6x4, 3x6). She combined with Deepti Sharma for a sixth-wicket partnership of 54 to rescue India from a tricky 70 for five.
Poonam Yadav then claimed three wickets to help restrict England to 133 for eight, Dannielle Wyatt’s 54 (53b, 2x4) going in vain; India won by 11 runs.
India coach Ramesh Powar: “Where we were three-four months back and where we are now, we are happy what we are doing. It takes time, I hope they understand this. We try and dominate every situation, that is what we are looking for.”
England go into the tournament having played just one warm up game after their first match against Australia was washed out. On top of that, they now have injury concerns, with Katherine Brunt leaving the field with back pain after bowling just five balls.
England coach Mark Robinson: “You can’t replace Katherine because she bats in the top five and she’s one of your five bowlers. We haven’t got a like-for-like replacement.”
Anisa Mohammed’s wiles blew away the New Zealand middle order, helping the Windies restrict them to an under par 122 for nine. Mohammed -the highest wicket-taker in the T20I format and the only woman with more than 100 wickets- showed both control and variation in a four over spell that cost her just 22 runs and earned her four wickets. Maddy Green top scored for new Zealand with an unbeaten 35.
The Windies ran away with the chase, with Hayley Matthews featuring in a quick fifty partnership with Deandra Dottin (35, 23b, 6x4, 1x6), putting on 68 for the first wicket in less than eight overs. She was dismissed for 50 in the 14th over, by which time the damage had been done. The Windies took home a seven wicket win.
Anisa Mohammed: “I was happy with the way I bowled and would like to take that momentum going into the World Cup. The pitches are suiting my bowling and I think the dew has been a big factor as well, but I’m from here and I’m used to the pitches.”
New Zealand captain Amy Satterthwaite: Lots of learnings for us in these warm up games. It was good to play in Guyana in the conditions that the four games are going to be in. I’m pleased with how we’re tracking. It’s hard to read into warm up games too much, I’ve seen teams get thrashed in warm up games and go away and win tournaments.”
India 144-6 in 20 overs (Harmanpreet Kaur 62; Heather Knight 2-9, Anya Shrubsole 2-28)
England 133-8 in 20 overs (Danielle Wyatt 54; Poonam Yadav 3-20, Radha Yadav 2-21, Deepti Sharma 2-28)
New Zealand 122-9 in 20 overs (Maddy Green 35 not out, Amy Satterthwaite 28; Anisa Mohammed 4-22, Afy Fletcher 2-33)
Windies 123-3 in 18.1 overs (Hayley Matthews 50, Deandra Dottin 35, Stafanie Taylor 26 not out).
Sri Lanka 85 all out in 18.2 overs (Hasini Madhushika 31, Lara Maritz 3-1, Celeste Raack 2-16)
Ireland 86-2 in 13.2 overs (Claire Shillington 50 not out)
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