West Indies Women whitewash in ODI series by Australia

West Indies’ Stafanie Taylor plays a shot during their ICC Women’s Twenty20 Cricket World Cup semifinal match against Australia in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, April 3, 2014.
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West Indies Women slumped to an eight-wicket defeat and a 3-0 whitewash in the ICC Women’s Championship ODI series in Antigua last week.

Fast bowler Megan Schutt’s final-over hat-trick coupled with opener Healy’s dashing half century underlined another dominant Australia performance against the West Indies Women.

Entering the contest at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground with two heavy previous defeats, West Indies could do little to avoid a third straight loss, posting an inadequate 180 all out of exactly 50 overs and then watched Austral romped home in the 32nd over.

For Australia, the victory was their 15th straight One-Day International win and fifth successive series without a defeat, confirming their status at the top of the table.

Opting to bat first Windies Women got a top score of 40 from Kyshona Knight, while Chinelle Henry stroked 39, rookie Sheneta Grimond 34 and Captain Stafanie Taylor, 23.

Knight’s dismissal in the 27th over, started a wobble which saw four wickets fall for 31 runs, but Henry and Grimond combined in a resilient 64-run seventh wicket stand to prop up the innings.

In pursuit of their modest target, Australia were off to a flying start as Henry blasted 11 fours and a six, in posting 71 off 47 deliveries for the first wicket. Healy took the attack to the Windies bowlers and blasted 61 runs. The Aussies made 182 for two wickets in 32 overs.

The two teams will square off in the first of three T20 internationals starring this week at the Kensington Oval, Barbados.

And in the first Twenty20 in Barbados last weekend West Indies Women continued their slump with after defeat to Australia.

Choosing to bat first the Windies ladies batting under lights at Kensington Oval, they could only muster 106 off their 20 0vers, with captain Stafine Taylor top-scoring with an unbeaten 44 off 51 deliveries.

In reply, Captain Meg Lanning stoked an unbeaten 54, as the Aussies overhauled their target with seven balls to spare.

West Indies have now lost all four matches on the tour so far.

Australia’s Megan Schutt bowls during the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 semifinal match between Australia and India at County Ground in Derby, England, Thursday, July 20, 2017.
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