England go the better of West Indies in a low scoring adventure winning off the last bowl to reach semis © Getty Images
England got the better of West Indies in a low scoring adventure winning off the last bowl to reach semis © Getty Images

The Caribbeans and the British women fought hard and fought well to book a semi-final berth in Women’s World T20 2016.  England won the game on the last bowl of the innings getting past West Indies score with one wicket in hand. Once again they were involved in a low scoring banter like India vs Bangladesh Men. At the end England had the last laugh as they scored 7 off the last over. The game became nail-biting as the West Indies bowlers started picking up wickets after regular intervals. Shaquana Quintyne’s terrific 19th over made it even more interesting as she picked up two wickets to turn the balance of the match. Earlier, England were cruising well enough, scoring at a brisk rate to get to the target.LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: England Women vs West Indies Women, 14th T20 Match, Group B, ICC Womens T20 World Cup 2016

The drama began when they lost their first wicket for 58 in 9th over with Afy Fletcher drawing first blood and ended up taking three wickets giving just 12 off her 4 overs. Then began the batting collapse as England lost 6 wickets in quick succession. England held their nerves and made their way through to become the first team to reach the semi-finals of the tournament.

Earlier West Indies Women posted a target of 108/4 in their 20 overs against England Women in the 14th match of the Women’s World T20 2016 at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala. West Indies won the toss and elected to bat first. They were off to a good start as they were 9/0 in the first over. But lost the wicket of H Matthews in the 2nd wicket-maiden over from Katherine Brunt. Quintyne then joined Taylor at the crease. She looked in great touch as soon as she came out to bat.  She got the boundaries West Indies needed in the power-play and the total raced to 34/1 in 6 overs. But Taylor on the other end was going too slow, not getting runs off her bat. Slowly the run rate came down and West Indies were 44/1 in 9 overs as England bowlers started bowling in the right areas.

Quintyne’s wicket came at just the wrong time for the West Indies as she was caught by Gunn off the bowling of Sciver. She went for 29 off 28. Dottin then came out to bat. West Indies were 62 for 2 in 12 overs and needed some runs in the final 8 overs of the innings. Dottin and Taylor were finding it tough to find the boundaries as the score read 79/2 in 15 overs. Although, a good 17th over yielding 11 runs gave the WI Women some boost.For England Grundy finished with bowling figures of 0-22 and Brunt finished with 1-26. Shrubsole was good too. She ended with figures of 1-11. They need 109 runs to win in their 20 overs now.

Brief scores:

England Women 109 for 9 in 20 overs (Tammy Beaumont 31, Afy Fletcher 3 for 12) vs West Indies Women 108 for 4 in 20 overs (Stafanie Taylor  35 ; Anya Shrubsole  1 for 11)