Scores: Windies 150 in 43 overs (Kyshona Knight 41, Afy Fletcher 23; Leigh Kasperek 3-17, Lea Tahuhu 3-39) lost to New Zealand 151/2 in 18.2 overs (Rachel Priest 90, Suzie Bates 40*; Stafanie Taylor 1-27) by eight wickets.
Windies, a side which retained its core from the team that enjoyed a run to the final of the previous edition of the World Cup, are unlikely to repeat the feat in 2017. On Thursday (July 6), like on most other days of the 2017 Women’s World Cup, they produced a meek batting display and followed that up with an equally insipid bowling show to gift wrap New Zealand their second victory of the tournament.
Coming into the match with only one win from three games, the eight-wicket win at The Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton has given New Zealand’s campaign a massive boost.
Suzie Bates, New Zealand skipper, won the toss and elected to field. Windies, right from the start, found it difficult to give their innings any momentum. Pacer Lea Tahuhu struck twice to dismiss both the openers – Hayley Matthews and Kycia Knight – inside the fifth over, with only 10 runs on the board. While Tahuhu was striking from one end, Leigh Kasperek kept things tight from the other.