It seemed that the Rain God was not too happy on Sunday, as the game between West Indies Women and England Women was a rain curtailed affair. West Indies faced yet another embarrassing defeat at the hands of England when the two sides locked horns against each other in the second ODI at Worcester.
Winning the toss and electing to bat first, the hosts managed to score 233-7 in 41 overs. Opener Tammy Beaumont yet again showed her class with the bat as she muscled a gritty 61 (83), which included seven boundaries. Anya Shrubsole played a cameo at the end scoring 32 (16), to take the England score past 200. With the ball, Afy Fletcher was the pick of the bowlers as she scalped 3-48 in her eight overs.
In reply, as per the DLS, the visitors were set a challenging target of 209 in 28 overs. West Indies looked troubled and were in sorts whatsoever of chasing down the revised target. Shemaine Campbelle top scored with 29 (49) and was the solitary star in the West Indies batting card. Anya Shrubsole and Kate Cross bowled well consistently to pick up two wickets apiece, and received good support from Laura Marsh and Heather Knight, both accounting for one dismissal each. The visitors were reduced to 86-8 in 28 overs, thus, losing the match by a 121-run margin.
Anya Shrubsole was awarded as the Player of the Match for her scintillating all-round performance.
England has taken an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the three match ODI series. The third ODI, which is just of academic interest for the hosts, but grace saver for the visitors, will be played on Thursday at Chelmsford.
(MCA Women’s Cricketer, IIT’ian & Cricket Journalist)