After a disappointing washout on Tuesday, a wonderful game of cricket was witnessed between England and West Indies when the two sides locked horns against each other on Friday at Northampton. Winning the toss and electing to bat first, England posted a daunting total of 180-6 in 20 overs, thanks to opening bat Danielle Wyatt’s delightful innings of 81 (55). Amy Ellen Jones (37) along with Wyatt stitched a 67 run opening partnership to give just the right start. Natalie Sciver (31) and skipper Heather Knight (22) then joined hands to take their side to a challenging total. The visitors had an ordinary day with the ball as none of their bowlers looked to jeopardize the English batting line-up.
Chasing over nine runs per over, the West Indies would have hoped for a better start. To their horror, both their openers were back in the hut inside two overs. Stacy-Ann King (43) looked to stabilize the innings with captain Stafanie Taylor (19), but the latter’s run out opened the floodgates. Chedean Nation’s knock of 32 went in vain as she ran out of partners. The visitors were reduced to 138-9 in 20 overs, falling short of 42 runs. Linsey Smith and Katherine Brunt were the pick of the bowlers as they scalped two wickets apiece.
Danielle Wyatt was adjudged as the Player of the Match for her scintillating knock of 81. The series will conclude on Tuesday as the two teams will meet for the third and last T20 at Derby. The West Indies will look to level the T20 series and leave the British soil with some cheer.
(Juilie has represented the Women’s team of Mumbai, she is an IIT’iian too)