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Recent Match Report – WI Women vs NZ Women 1st ODI 2022

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New Zealand 159 for 5 in 33 overs (Bates 51, Kerr 47*, Matthews 3-28) beat West Indies 168 for 7 in 35 overs (Henry 44, Kyshona 36, Jonas 2-22) by five runs (DLS method)

New Zealand started their West Indies tour and the Women’s championship cycle with success, thanks to Suzie Bates’ 51, Amelia Kerr’s 47*, and Fran Jonas’ two-for. Amelia also chipped in with 47* to complete a five-run win via DLS method.

The match, however, did not see a straightforward finish. In a 35-overs-a-side contest following a rain delay, West Indies posted 168 for 7. When NZ needed 10 off 12 balls to win, the umpires declared the match over following bad light as the cut-off time had been reached. The umpires shook hands with the West Indies players, which led the hosts to believe they had won the match as they celebrated in a huddle. A discussion between the captains of both teams and the umpire followed, after which it was declared that New Zealand had won the game.

“There was a little bit of confusion,” Amelia said after the match. “The umpires said time (called us in) because of the light. I wasn’t sure what was going on. I was ready to finish things but Brooke [Halliday] thought we’d won. West Indies thought they had won. Soph [captain Sophie Devine] came in with the umpire and cleared things out. It was a weird finish, was weird waiting when things were sunny (in the morning) but we must not be phased by it.”

West Indies captain Hayley Matthews expressed her disappointment in the way the match ended but took the positives and the defeat in stride.

“The girls put up a really good fight in the first innings to get us to the total that we got, so kudos to Kyshona and Chinelle,” Matthews said. “We took some crucial wickets in the middle after the start New Zealand got. Of course it’s disappointing the way the game ended but all in all, I think it was a good first game.”

The start was delayed before the start by a wet pitch. Devine chose to bowl upon winning the toss.

West Indies started well in the seven-over powerplay, scoring 36 for the loss of Rashada Williams. But in the next few overs, wickets fell consistently. Hannah Rowe had Natasha McLean caught behind, before Jonas accounted for Stafanie Taylor and captain Hayley Matthews.

The following five-and-a-half overs went for nine runs, and the pressure translated into Shabika Gajnabi’s run-out. But then, Kyshona Knight and Chinelle Henry fought back with an 83-run partnership that held the innings together. Henry was the aggressor, making 44 with five boundaries, at a strike rate of 129. Kyshona ended up with 36 off 61.

New Zealand’s chase began with ease and regular boundaries. In the fifth over, Bates went after Shamilia Connell, picking up three fours, which brought Karishma Ramharack into the attack. Nonetheless, the pair continued to score freely, bringing up their fifty partnership in just 45 balls. It was Matthews who provided the breakthrough with Devine’s wicket.

The quick start gave Bates and Amelia time to coast along with singles and the odd boundary. Bates got to her fifty and the partnership was on its way there. But with the stand at 47, Afy Fletcher intervened by removing Bates, who also was caught by Kyshona.

The back of the chase was broken further by a 31-run stand that followed between Amelia and Maddy Green. Amelia marched along, not dissuaded by Hayley Jensen giving Kyshona her third catch, to keep them abreast with the DLS score. The boundary she scored right after the dismissal brought the asking rate down to five. Brooke Halliday joined Amelia to milk five singles of the next over.

It was following the 33rd over when bad light stopped play. Thirteen runs had been scored off the two overs before the stop, which had taken the visitors five runs above the DLS par score.

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