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Final drama as West Indies beat White Ferns at Women’s Cricket World Cup

Final drama as West Indies beat White Ferns at Women's Cricket World Cup

The White Ferns suffered a shock defeat on the opening night of the Women’s Cricket World Cup, losing their last three wickets in the final when it needed just six runs to crash out to a three-run defeat.

Sophie Devine (108 of 127) and Katey Martin (44 of 47) led them well as they tried to chase 260 to beat West Indies at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Friday.

But after hitting four straight runs to end the second-to-last, Martin was trapped LBW by Deandra Dottin when five runs were needed on five balls.

West Indies player Deandra Dottin loses Fran Jonas to seal her side's victory over the White Ferns.

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West Indies player Deandra Dottin loses Fran Jonas to seal her side’s victory over the White Ferns.

Jess Kerr was then caught midway for 25 of 21 and Fran Jonas was kicked off the penultimate ball when she was dismissed by Hannah Rowe after a swing-and-miss with four runs still needed.

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Hayley Matthews had a superb all-around outing for the West Indies, hitting 119 from 126 as they went 259-9 from their 50 overs after being sent on by Devine.

The 23-year-old then took 2-41 from her 10 overs of off-spin to help her side secure a historic victory – their first against the White Ferns in seven attempts on New Zealand soil.

Matthews led the way as West Indies attacked early and they might have been disappointed not to finish with more, having gone 159-3 in the second break after 32 overs.

Melie Kerr was the main culprit, taking 1-33 from her 10 overs, while her sister Jess Kerr took 2-43 from hers, and Lea Tahuhu bounced back after conceding 25 from her first two overs to finish with 3-57.

The White Ferns lost Suzie Bates early for three from six in unfortunate fashion, when Devine played a forehand that Chinelle Henry deflected off the stumps, with the non-striker out of his crease.

Melie Kerr failed to make an impression with the bat for the first time in six matches this year and was trapped LBW by Matthews for 13 of 19.

Amy Satterthwaite set up a 76 partnership for the third wicket with Devine, before she too was trapped LBW, trying to sweep Anisa Mohammed, for 31 from 56.

Devine has posted his first century since 2018, and it took a one-handed hold by Henry on his own bowling alley to send him on his way, leaving Martin and the bowlers needing 45 runs from the last 35 deliveries.

When Martin hit Henry for two fours to finish 49th, it looked like they were going to score their highest ever World Cup chase, eclipsing the old mark of 208, but that wasn’t the case.

Hayley Matthews hit 119 of 126 as the West Indies eclipsed the White Ferns.

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Hayley Matthews hit 119 of 126 as the West Indies eclipsed the White Ferns.

The big moment

Five runs were needed on five balls when Katey Martin took the strike against Deandra Dottin, after hitting two back-to-back fours, but she couldn’t fight on the ball and was out LBW for 47 of 44. Her dismissal gave the West Indies a foot in the door when they were nearly out, and they opened it wider when Jess Kerr was caught for 25 of 21 two balls later.

Better with the bat

It was Hayley Matthews’ third century in 62 ODI and, at a World Cup, by far the most important. The West Indies flyhalf was hardly troubled on her way to hitting 119 out of 126, an innings that ultimately gave her side a perfect start.

Better with the ball

Deandra Dottin only played five balls, but took two wickets and finished the run that sealed the West Indies victory. Receiving the ball for the first time when six were needed for the final must have been nerve-wracking, but the veteran delivered when her team needed her too and finished with numbers 2-2.

The big picture

The White Ferns should have won this one once they got to where they were at the start of the final. They will now likely have to beat at least two from Australia, England, India and South Africa to qualify for the semi-finals, but it’s still within their reach – if they’re not too disappointed with what happened here. In Bangladesh, they should have the perfect opponent to bounce back to on Monday in Dunedin. The West Indies, meanwhile, have to wait until Wednesday to try to build on their win over England.

Dashboard

At Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui: West Indies 259-9 (Hayley Matthews 119, Chedean Nation 36, Stafanie Taylor 30; Lea Tahuhu 3-57, Jess Kerr 2-43) beat White Ferns 256 in 49.5 overs (Sophie Devine 108, Katey Martin 44; Deandra Dottin 2-2, Hayley Matthews 2-41, Anise Mohammed 2-60) by three passes.