Tauranga, New Zealand- A magnificent century from Hayley Matthews and a superb last over by Deandra Dottin led West Indies to a sensational win over New Zealand in their opening contest of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022.
Sent into bat first West Indies Women posted 259/9 from their 50 overs. Hayley Matthews smashed her maiden Cricket World Cup century and her highest ODI score of 119 off 128 deliveries, Chedean Nation had the next best score with 36. Lea Tahuhu was the best bowler for the home team taking 3/57, followed by Jess Kerr with 2/43. A fighting century from New Zealand captain Sophie Devine was not enough to take the White Ferns over the line. New Zealand finished on 256 all out in 49.5 overs. Devine 108 off 127, followed by Katey Martin 44 off 47. Deandra Dottin took 2/2, while Hayley Matthews had 2/41.
Captain Stafanie Taylor said: “The way we played today, set the game up for us. We needed to get over 200, we had a meeting and thought we had to get over 200 to be competitive. Deandra said she wanted the last over and she did it. Selman was supposed to bowl the last, and Deandra said ‘give me the ball’. The bowlers were doing really well, they were brilliant. Expectations from them) We like to fly under the radar, one step at a time.”
The West Indies Women will travel to Dunedin where they will play defending champions England on March 9 at University Oval. First ball is at 11:00 am (March 8, 6:00 pm Eastern Caribbean Time/5 pm Jamaica Time).
West Indies Women
259/9 (50 overs)
Hayley Matthews 119 Lea Tahuhu 9-0-57-3
Chedean Nation 36 Jess Kerr 10-0-43-2
256 all out (49.5 overs)
Sophie Devine 108 Deandra Dottin 0.5-0-2-2
Katey Martin 44 Hayley Matthews 10-1-41-2
Player of the Match: Hayley Matthews
Match report here
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Tournament points standing here
Stafanie Taylor (Captain)
Anisa Mohammed (Vice-Captain)
Cherry Ann Fraser
West Indies Women ICC Cricket World Cup Match Schedule
** Date and time in brackets, indicate match times for Caribbean fans due to 17-hour time difference between New Zealand and Caribbean
February 27: Warm-up Match 1 vs Australia at Lincoln Green, Lincoln, 11:00am (February 26, 6:00pm Eastern Caribbean Time/5pm Jamaica Time)
March 1: Warm-up Match 2 vs India at Rangiora Oval, Rangiora, 11:00am (February 28, 6:00pm Eastern Caribbean Time/5pm Jamaica Time)
March 4: vs New Zealand at Bay Oval, Tauranga, 2:00pm (March 3, 9:00pm Eastern Caribbean Time/ 8:00pm Jamaica Time)- West Indies Women won by 3 runs
March 9: vs England at University Oval, Dunedin, 11:00am (March 8, 6:00pm Eastern Caribbean Time/5pm Jamaica Time)
March 12: vs India at Seddon Park, Hamilton, 2:00pm (March 11, 9:00pm Eastern Caribbean Time/ 8:00pm Jamaica Time)
March 15: vs Australia at Basin Reserve, Wellington, 11:00am (March 14, 6:00pm Eastern Caribbean Time/5pm Jamaica Time)
March 18; vs Bangladesh at Bay Oval, Tauranga, 11:00am (March 17, 6:00pm Eastern Caribbean Time/5pm Jamaica Time)
March 21: vs Pakistan at Seddon Park, Hamilton, 2:00pm (March 20, 9:00pm Eastern Caribbean Time/ 8:00pm Jamaica Time)
March 24: vs South Africa at Basin Reserve, Wellington, 11:00am (March 23, 6:00pm Eastern Caribbean Time/5pm Jamaica Time)
March 30: Semi-final 1 at Basin Reserve, Wellington
March 31: Semi-final 2 at Hagley Oval, Christchurch
April 3: Final at Hagley Oval, Christchurch