Hayley Matthews lifts West Indies out of dropping streak

West Indies 140 for 4 (Matthews 66*, Henry 34) beat Ireland 137 for 9 (Prendergast 61, Lewis 38, Connell 3-24) by six wickets

Captain Hayley Matthews led West Indies to a drought-breaking six-wicket victory over Ireland of their Women’s T20 World Cup match at Newlands. The consequence ended West Indies’ 15-match dropping streak in T20Is and knocked Ireland out of the match with a 3rd straight loss within the competitors.
Chasing 138, Matthews hit an unbeaten 66 and took the crew house with a ball to spare. Earlier, Orla Prendergast’s 61 gave Ireland their highest whole in a T20 World Cup. However, they collapsed on the finish to complete on 137 for 9 which wasn’t sufficient.

Captain’s knock from Matthews

Matthews did the majority of the scoring after being dropped on 8 and helped West Indies chase down 138 after a shaky begin. West Indies misplaced opener Rashada Williams and Shemaime Campbelle for 46 runs earlier than the midway mark. Adding to that, they didn’t have Stafanie Taylor, who was stretchered off the sector throughout West Indies’ earlier recreation towards India, and needed to miss out this time with a again harm. Chedean Nation was additionally dominated out with a knee drawback.

Against that backdrop, Matthews took the accountability to remain to the tip and make sure the job was accomplished. After seeing by means of the pitch with a run-a-ball 22, she picked up tempo and located boundaries often off her trademark minimize photographs off the again foot. With Chinelle Henry on the different finish offering a crisp 34, Matthews saved going robust to sew an important 74-run stand off 55 deliveries for the third wicket. En route, Matthews introduced up her seventh T20I half-century in 42 balls and slammed eight fours and a six in her 53-ball innings. That Ireland have been sloppy within the discipline additionally helped West Indies.

Record partnership for Ireland

Ireland dominated the primary 15 overs earlier than collapsing within the final 5 after opting to bat first. Prendergast and Gaby Lewis began briskly to maintain the scorecard ticking of their 90-run partnership for the second wicket. After Shamilia Connell struck within the second over to take away Amy Hunter, West Indies struggled to interrupt the partnership. From scoring 5.5 runs an over within the first six, the duo – with the stand dominated by Prendergast – shifted gears to take the run fee to 9.11 from seven to fifteen overs.

Prendergast began off with a wonderful strike over additional cowl for 4 and introduced up her third T20I half-century in 40 balls with a slog-sweep over deep midwicket. In her 47-ball keep, she blasted six fours – three of which got here by means of the covers – and one six.

It was additionally the very best partnership for Ireland Women in a T20 World Cup match. Lewis, alternatively, was completely satisfied to play second fiddle, contributing 22 off 24 within the stand.

Ramharack, Fletcher strike late blows

West Indies acquired again into the sport after 15 overs with Karishma Ramharack and Afy Fletcher putting on the demise to spark Ireland’s collapse. It started with the important thing wicket of Lewis (38), who was seeking to up the ante after Prendergast’s dismissal, and was trapped lbw by Ramharack. Two deliveries later she bowled Louise Little, who was promoted forward of captain Laura Delany.

Eimear Richardson then punished Henry for 2 fours however Fletcher got here again with a double strike, conceding only one run within the 18th over, to strangle Ireland. In no time, Ireland went from 115 for two to 137 for 9, dropping six wickets for a mere 22 runs. Connell, who eliminated Hunter and Prendergast, accounted for Leah Paul within the last over to finish with 3 for twenty-four.

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