The West Indies sealed a tight four-wicket win over England to finish at the top of group A in the Women’s World T20 at Gros Islet on Sunday.
Captain Stafanie Taylor’s decision to bowl first after winning the toss brought early reward, as the English slipped to a precarious 50 for six inside 11 overs.
Lower-order duo Sophia Dunkley and Anya Shrubsole then struck 35 and 29, respectively, as England recovered to a respectable 115 for eight in the allotted 20 overs.
Dunkley’s first innings in international cricket was impressive – and evidenced the Surrey Stars’ growing confidence in her. The 20-year-old’s entertaining vigil spanned a mere 30 deliveries – and featured three fours and a six.
All-rounder Deandra Dottin later followed two key wickets with a superb 46, as the women from the Caribbean triumphed with three deliveries to spare.
Dottin was well supported by sidekick Shemaine Campbelle, whose 45 proved particularly important after Taylor fell for a duck.
Shrubsole relished three breakthroughs with the ball, which were ultimately in vain.
The result ensured the West Indies top spot in group A. England ended second. South Africa, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, meanwhile, have exited the tournament after insufficient results.
In group B, first-placed India and second-placed Australia outplayed New Zealand, Pakistan and Ireland.