Windies Women clinch T20 series against Ireland

West Indies’ Hayley Matthews plays a shot against Australia during the final of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2016 cricket tournament at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, India, Sunday, April 3, 2016.
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West Indies Women swept the three-match Twenty20 series against Ireland in Dublin last week.

In the final match last Wednesday, Hayley Matthews’ maiden Twenty20 century lifted the team to their second highest-ever total in the shortest format of the game, paving the way for a 72-run crushing defeat of Ireland.

Sent in to bat at Sydney Parade, West Indies amassed 188 for one of their 20 overs with the right-handed Matthews hitting an unbeaten l07 off 62 deliveries.

She struck seven fours and nine sixes to dominate the Irish bowlers in an unbroken 162-run, second wicket stand with Chedean Nation who struck an unbeaten 63 off 46 balls.

The total was just short of the West Indies Women’s all-time best of 191 recorded nine years ago against the Netherlands in Potchefstroom.

Ireland in their reply, the Irish never challenged the difficult target and finished on 116 for three off their 20 overs, despite an unbeaten 56 from opener Mary Waldron.

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