Dottin half-century not enough for Windies Women
Barbadian Deandra Dottin showed a glimpse of her power-hitting prowess. However, her half-century was not enough to prevent the West Indies Women from going down by 47 runs to hosts England Women in the opening Twenty20 (T20) International game in Derby.
Dottin smashed 69 runs from 59 balls as the West Indies could only get to 116 for six, chasing 164 for victory. Despite falling short of the total, Dottin says she was pleased with her score. However, there is much work to be done if the regional side is to get a positive result from the series.
“The knock was pretty good; unfortunately, I didn’t get the opportunity to bring the team home,” she said in the post-match press conference. “I wouldn’t say [England] were better prepared than us, they just came at us hard.”
The right-hander was the only batter to get into double figures as extras were the next best score of 17.
The experienced duo of Hayley Matthews and captain Stafanie Taylor failed to shine, as Matthews was the first wicket to fall in the run chase. She went caught at mid-on off Natalie Sciver for three, with the score on nine in the third over.
Taylor followed 19 runs later, as she was bowled by leg-spinner Sarah Glenn for eight.
While Dottin steadily built her innings with some hefty blows, the rest of the Windies batters soaked up many dot balls and failed to rotate the strike as the run rate crept up.
Dottin eventually became the fifth wicket to fall after facing 59 balls and hitting six fours and two massive sixes.
There were two wickets each for Sciver and Sophie Eccelstone for England, who put up a total of 163 for eight to start, after they won the toss and decided to take the first strike.
Player of the Match, Tammy Beaumont, hit the ball all over the County Ground as she led from the front with an attacking 62 from 49 balls with nine fours and a six.
She got good support from captain Heather Knight and Amy Jones, who made 25 and 24, respectively.
Seamer Shakera Selman was the best bowler for the Windies with three for 26 from her four overs. There were two wickets each for Matthews and Taylor, who summed up a hard-opening encounter on tour.
“It was not one of the best performances,” Taylor said. “We didn’t adapt well to the pitch and Tammy (Beaumont) batted really well to set up the game nicely for them. We were always behind and had to gain some momentum going into bat. Deandra (Dottin) batted well and she needed somebody to stay there with her. We played too many dot balls and she ran out of partners in the end. We need to go back to the footage and access which are the areas we have to improve on.”
Both teams are in the second T20 at the same venue tomorrow.
T Beaumont c Fletcher b Selman 62
D Wyatt b Taylor 17
N Sciver c Cooper b Taylor 7
*H Knight c wkp Campbelle b Selman 25
+A Jones c Alleyne b Selman 24
K Brunt st Campbelle b Matthews 0
S Glenn st Campbelle b Matthews 7
F Wilson c Henry b Connell 4
S Ecclestone not out 7
M Villiers not out 1
Extras (lb1, w8) 9
TOTAL (8 wkts, 20 overs 163
Did not bat: A Shrubsole
Fall of wickets: 1-43, 2-61, 3-113, 4-136, 5-138, 6-144, 7-149, 8-155
Bowling: Connell 4-0-27-1 (w2), Selman 4-0-26-3, Matthews 3-0-25-2, Taylor 4-0-34-2 (w3), Fletcher 3-0-25-0, Alleyne 2-0-25-0.
H Matthews c Villiers b Sciver 3
D Dottin b Ecclestone 69
*S Taylor b Glenn 8
L Kirby run out 7
+SA Campbelle st Jones b Sciver 9
B Cooper not out 0
C Henry lbw b Ecclestone 0
A Alleyne not out 3
Extras (b1, lb9, w7) 17
TOTAL (6 wkts, 20 overs) 116
Did not bat: A Fletcher, S Connell, S Selman.
Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-28, 3-61, 4-97, 5-112, 6-112.
Bowling: Brunt 4-1-8-0, Shrubsole 4-0-36-0 (w2), Sciver 4-0-16-2, Ecclestone 4-0-19-2 (w1), Glenn 4-0-27-1.
Result: England Women won by 47 runs.
Series: England Women lead five-match series 1-0.
Player-of-the-Match: Tammy Beaumont.
Toss: England Women.
Umpires: M Burns, S Redfern; TV – D Millns.