Rachel Priest scored 90 off 55   © Getty Images
Rachel Priest scored 90 off 55 © Getty Images

ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 saw T20 champions West Indies take on New Zealand in the only match of the day, and it sadly scripted the same story for the former as they once again crumbled to their fourth successive loss. Bowling first, it was New Zealand’s Lea Tahuhu and Leigh Kasperek who downed West Indies to bits, bundling them for 150. In reply, White Fern’s Rachel Priest smelled blood and gored on the fallible West Indies. Rachel took apart the West Indies’ bowling from ball one, with her partner Suzie Bates acting as a mere spectator. The pair’s 120-run stand ensured that New Zealand gain a comfortable win by 8 wickets.

Rachel, who was yet to announce herself on the big stage, deflated Stefanie Taylor-led side. Priest started her innings in style whipping Akeira Peters for 3 boundaries in the first over itself that set the tone. She pulled, cut, drove and swept in melodious fashion that resembled like a rockstar strumming his guitar at a concert. She got to fifty in style – slogging over long off – in just 29 balls, the third fastest in Women’s World Cup.

Meanwhile, Suzie stood and admired her teammate’s batsmanship, while keeping the scoreboard ticking. Priest was lucky to be dropped on 57, but that did not deter her spirits. She shot her way to a 55-ball 90 inclusive of 17 fours and 2 massive sixes.

Anisa Mohammed got Rachel’s wicket. Sophie Devine did not add much, getting bowled for 4 by Stefanie. Suzie continued to bat and mustered 40 runs for herself in 43 balls. Katey Martin played her hand in with a 10-ball 11.

Asked to bat first, West Indies were off to a poor start losing both openers Hayley Matthews and Kycia Knight within the first 5 overs. Both fell victim to Lea; Kycia gave a simple catch to the wicketkeeper for  an 8-ball duck. Hayley, on the other hand, was deceived with a change-of-pace.

Skipper Stefanie did try to bring some stability in the middle but was able to last for 32 balls. Stefaine misjudged a flighted delivery by Leigh Kasperek to depart for 20.

Leigh snapped Deandra Dottin on her next ball;,plumb in front for an easy leg-before.

Chedean Nation added 43 runs for the third wicket along with Stefanie but soon fell to Amelia Kerr. She, trying to flick the ball, handed a simple catch to Amy Satterthwaite for 17. It was the experience of Merissa Aguilleria (playing her 100th ODI ) and Kyshona Knight that held fort against a rampaging White Ferns’ attack.

The pair added 38 runs in 10 overs, before Merissa was stumped off Leigh. Sadly for West Indies, replay suggested her foot was just inside the crease when the bails came off the stumps. Amy soon got into the mix, picking Shane Daley for a 18-ball 0.

Knight was soon picked up by Holly Huddlestone for a valiant 41. In no time did New Zealand wrap up the West Indies innings. Sophie Devine scalped Anisa Mohammed for 5, while Lea drilled the final nail in the coffin getting Akeira Peter leg before for 0.

Brief Scores:

West Indies Women 150 all out in 43 overs (Kyshona Knight 41, Afy Fletcher 23*; Leigh Kasperek 3 for 17 ) lost to New Zealand Women 151 for 2 in 18.2 overs (Rachel Priest 90, Suzie Bates 40*; Stefanie Taylor 1 for 27) by 8 wickets.

Player of the Match: Leigh Kasperek