Match 16 of the ICC Women’s World Cup was played between New Zealand and West Indies at the County Ground, Taunton, on Thursday. It was a must win game for New Zealand; they comprehensively defeated a feeble looking West Indies by 8 wickets.
Before this game, New Zealand had one win under their belt, one loss and a washed out game. Their last match against Australia did go down the wire but Kiwis still lost by 5 wickets. A win today kept their chances of a stress free entry into the semi-final alive. West Indies on the other hand haven’t registered a single win, their embarrassing 48 all-out against South Africa hasn’t helped their cause at all. The 2013 World Cup finalists and reigning World T20 champions; West Indies seem lost and their chances of qualifying to the next round are fading away as their run-rate was further dented by this loss.
Suzie Bates won the toss and opted to field first. Both teams made two changes in their line-up: for New Zealand, Bermingham and Peterson were rested and replaced by Maddy Green and Leigh Kasperek. For West Indies: Kycia Knight replaced Reniece Boyce while Akeira Peters was brought in for Qiana Joseph. Leigh Kasperek on her world cup debut took 3 wickets for just 17 runs and helped restrict West Indies to a meager total of 150. Windies would not have even managed to score 150 if it was not for a well crafted cameo of 41 runs by lower middle order batter, Kyshona Knight. The rest of the Windie batters still seemed to be playing against South Africa, they never looked comfortable out there and kept on giving wickets at regular intervals. This was Merissa Aguilleria’s 100th ODI match, a special innings was required from her but even she couldn’t rescue her team. On the other hand, Suzie Bates was spot on with her bowling changes and fielding positions; 2 bowlers took 3 wickets while the rest of the 4 bowlers shared a wicket each. New Zealand clinically chased down the target in just 18.2 overs and lost only 2 wickets.
New Zealand are now fourth on the points table, and are ahead of South Africa on net run-rate. They’ll be looking to repeat this performance in their next game against Pakistan on Saturday. West Indies have not much left to look forward to in the tournament as far as a qualification to the next round is concerned, they will look to restore pride when they face Sri Lanka in their next match on Sunday.
New Zealand vs West Indies ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 Full Match Highlights
Before this match Priest was struggling with the bat, she had scores of 2(14) against Sri Lanka and 8(30) against Australia. She looked a totally different batter in this game and activated her beast mode. A quick chase would have meant an improved net run-rate for New Zealand and Priest provided just that. She smashed 90 highly entertaining runs off just 55 balls, hit 17 fours and 2 sixes in the process.
This was Leigh Kasperek’s world cup debut and also her comeback game, she last played in February 2016. It was a dream comeback as she was declared player of the match; she bowled her complete quota of 10 overs, bowled 6 maidens, gave away just 17 runs and took 3 important wickets. In her second spell, she took two wickets back to back; her first scalp was of Windies captain Stefanie Taylor and on the very next ball she got rid of Deandra Dottin. Kasperek persisted with a simple game plan and didn’t allow Windie batters to score freely at all. She later got the wicket of Merissa Aguilleria who was keen on scoring some quick runs.
Taylor and Dottin's dismissal
Merissa Aguilleria's dismissal