In the seventh match of the ongoing ICC Women’s World Cup 2022, West Indies defeated England in a thrilling contest to register their second consecutive victory in the tournament. After posting 225/6 in their allotted 50 overs, the Windies bundled out the English team at 218 to win the game by seven runs.
During England’s chase, the Caribbeans drew the first blood in the most impeccable manner when Deandra Dottin took a stunning catch to send opener Lauren Winfield-Hill (16) back to the pavilion. It all happened on the first ball of the ninth over bowled by Shamilia Connell.
The right-arm pacer delivered a wide outside off delivery, teasing Winfield to go for the full monty. The batter did precisely that and played a uppishly cut towards backward point. However, Dottin had some other plans as she flew to her left and plucked a one-handed stunner to pack Winfield’s innings.
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Connell, who claimed the first wicket, also dismissed Danielle Wyatt (31) and Katherine Brunt (1) to complete her three-wicket haul for 38 runs in her quota of 10 overs, including a maiden. After the middle-order collapse, England’s lower-order did make some valuable contributions but eventually fell seven runs short of the Windies’ score.
Earlier, with the bat, Shemaine Campbelle sizzled by scoring 66 off 80 deliveries to help her side post a decent total on the board. West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor praised the lower order for their contributions. Taylor also appreciated Dottin for the tremendous effort on the field to take the unbelievable catch of Winfield.
“It’s a nice feeling. Nerve-wracking for me, though. When we checked the stats on this ground, we found that we were about 10 under par. We knew we had to bowl well and field well. Really important for the lower order to perform when the top order doesn’t click. We were speechless because she (Dottin) was air-borne (in that catch), but that’s her strength. She moves really fast. We try our best whenever we go out there and don’t try to focus too much on opponents,” said Taylor after the match.