Women’s WC: Australia won the West Indies seven-wickets to record a fourth victory.© AFP
Australia multiplied the West Indies by seven on Tuesday in Wellington to maintain the record for the Women’s Cricket World Cup. The tournament’s top favorites gave another ruthless display in a one-day showdown for a 4-0 victory, highlighting Rachael Haynes ’83 win without a win. With the victory, the six-time champion is in first place in the standings with a healthy running rate, almost guaranteeing a place in the semi-finals.
The West Indies have won two of their last four games and are still in the top four.
The West Indies won the draw and chose to bat, but were stunned when Ellyse Perry took two wickets on consecutive balls to leave with a 4-2 result.
“The first wickets made a difference in the game, it really got us out in front and put us under pressure,” said Australian captain Meg Lanning.
Perry cleaned Hayley Matthews instead of the duck, then Kycia Knight removed the edge of the first ball he faced.
It could have been worse, but Deandra Dottin and Staphanie Taylor were both booked by the third referee.
West Indies skipper Taylor took advantage of his chance to fight in the 50s, but was unable to find help with Shemaine Campbelle having the highest score of 20.
Perry finished 3-22 and Ashleigh Gardner took a 3-25 lead as the Antilles won 131 over 45.5 over 131.
A poor total would never be enough against the strongest batter in the women’s kiln, but the Antilles did well to reach Australia’s goal of 132 runs for 30.2 overs.
Taylor said the West Indies needed to defend a total of about 250, but he was delighted with a strong bowling display and was optimistic about his chances of advancing on his side.
“We have three more (pool) games to finish, that’s a lot of cricket,” he said.
“All we have to do is go back to the drawing board and readjust.”
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