February 4, 2023

England 106 for 2 (Wyatt 59*) count West Indies 105 for 7 (Williams 23, Bell 3-26) by eight wickets

Lauren Bell followed up her starring role in England’s successful ODI campaign with a three wicket haul as the West Indies’ batting battle turned to heavy defeat in their first T20I and Danni Wyatt reeled in an easy target with an unbeaten half-century.

Bell, who took a crucial 4 for 33 on Tuesday as England beat the West Indies in their second ODI, was rested for the third game, another resounding victory as the tourists swept the series 3-0. But she returned for just the third T20I of her career, finishing with 3 for 26 from her four overs to reduce the West Indies to just 105 for 7.

The West Indies were beaten by over 100 runs in each of their 50-over matches, bowled out in all three with a career-high total of 165. After falling to 19 for 3 in the first five overs in Antigua on Sunday, they bounced back never and Wyatt was decidedly brutal in taking England to victory by eight wickets in just 12.4 overs.

Bell goes back

England could hardly have hoped for a better start. Bell had a hand in the first two dismissals, bowling Aaliyah Alleyne for her first T20I wicket with her fifth ball, the 11th of the match after Katherine Brunt opened the bowling in her first international since the Commonwealth Games bronze medal play-off in early August . Bell then held on as Kycia Knight hit Nat Sciver straight to center in the next over.

Trying to outrun Brunt, Hayley Matthews lost her off the stump and, despite a few begging chances, England continued to hold the West Indies under enormous pressure. Heather Knight got an under-19 batter and debutant Djenaba Joseph stunned by Amy Jones to make it 38 of 4 after eight overs. Rashada Williams, the West Indies’ top scorer in the ODIs, sent Bell to the back and started running, foolishly challenging Wyatt’s arm as she threw down the stumps at the non-striker’s end. The next ball, Shemaine Campbell scooped Bell right in the throat half way through Lauren Winfield-Hill and the hosts were confused.

Run-outs the only way for WI

Sophia Dunkley continued the opening partnership she had forged with Wyatt after Tammy Beaumont was dropped from the T20I side during the English summer and, although she only managed three runs from the first nine balls she faced, had four boundaries from Chinelle Henry in the third cruising over her. That was until a messy run out after she skied Cherry-Ann Fraser to midwicket and ran half way down the field before turning and, despite wicketkeeper Kycia Knight finding the throw-in awkward, Campbelle managed to run in from the slip cordon and to shoot. the stumps as Dunkley dove in vain.

Winfield-Hill, playing her first T20I since February 2020 after losing her ODI spot early this year and her central contract with the ECB for the upcoming season, was nullified by Matthews who dove full right on a slip. Winfield-Hill came in at No. 3 with teenage all-rounder Alice Capsey at home after breaking her collarbone in the first ODI. , the West Indies’ only mode of dismissal as their bowlers went wicketless.

Win Wyatt stamps

Despite those hiccups, Wyatt had England completely under control. Going 51 for 1 after the power play, including her six off Matthews in the third over, she swung Fraser through the midwicket area for back-to-back fours to go to the 30s. Wyatt brought a 29-ball fifty with a six off Karishma Ramharack and she sent Shabika Gajnabi over extra cover to the rope to tie within three runs of victory.

Fittingly, Wyatt hit the winning runs, finishing undefeated on 59 off 34 balls with a batting frequency of 173.52. It followed her half-century in the opening game of the one-day series and rounded off a successful stay for the visitors in Antigua. The tour now moves to Barbados for the remaining four T20Is starting Wednesday.

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