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New Zealand Women resist Stafanie Taylor to edge out Windies

Stafanie Taylor's unbeaten half-century went in vain
Stafanie Taylor's unbeaten half-century went in vain

New Zealand Women 167-6 (Martin 54) beat
Windies Women 159-6 (Taylor 51no) by eight runs
First Twenty20 International in Mount Maunganui

Katey Martin scored a blistering half-century while Leigh Kasperek and Sophie Devine shared five wickets between them as New Zealand Women edged out Windies Women by eight runs in the first Twenty20 International at Bay Oval.

Chasing 168 for a win, Windies overcame sluggish 14-ball innings from Merissa Aguilleira (5), with Hayley Matthews (53) and Stafanie Taylor (51) leading the charge. Matthews in particular was the aggressor among the two and went on to complete a 28-ball fifty.

Kasperek (3-35) provided the breakthrough when Matthews was stumped and in the next over New Zealand also got the prized wicket of Deandra Dottin (10). At the halfway mark, Windies needed 95 runs.

This is when Taylor took centre stage and took the attack to the opposition and as Windies were left with 22 to get off the final two overs, Kasperek dampened the visitors' hopes with the wickets of Kyshona Knight (19) and Kycia Knight (0). With 13 needed off the final over, Taylor managed to face just one delivery and eventually succumbed to an eight-run defeat.

Earlier, contributions from Suzie Bates (49), Martin (54) and Amy Satterthwaite (36) proved vital in the White Ferns posting 167 for six in the 20 overs despite Dottin's (2-23) two-wicket haul.

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