Windies go one up as Daley stars

Bridgetown, Barbados -- A good allround performance by Shanel Daley led West Indies Women to an easy 23-run victory over Sri Lanka Women in the first T20 International at Kensington Oval on Tuesday.

The Jamaica left-hander came to the crease at two wickets down for 51 at the end of the 11th overs and topscored with a stroke-filled 48 off 28 balls. She piloted the West Indies to 77 runs in the last nine overs to dominate the visitors spin-based bowling attack.

It was Daley’s highest score of her career beating the previous best of 35 as she led the West Indies to a challenging 127-7 off their 20 overs on a good batting surface before a colourful Labour Day holiday crowd.

Daley then took a wicket for 21 runs off four overs in a clever spell of left-arm spin from the Joel Garner End. She also had a superb one-handed pick-up and throw at short midwicket to pull off a run out at a crucial stage in the innings.

The Sri Lankans were always under pressure and in the end could only reach 104-8 off their 20 overs. The most successful bowlers for West Indies were stand-in captain Stafanie Taylor, who took 2-19 with his quick off-breaks and Anisa Mohammed, who had 2-22 with her flight off-spin from the Malcolm Marshall End.

The topscorer for the Sri Lankans was Shahikala Siriwardena, who played some flowing drives in 33 off 24 balls. She hit three fours and a huge six over long on in the final overs.

Earlier in the day, Daley continued her good with some powerful shots on both sides of the wicket.  She maintained her good form following her Player-of-the-Series performance in the recent three-match rubber, which the Windies won 2-1.

The 23-year-old shared a crucial third wicket stand of 39 off 24 balls with the powerful Deandra Dottin, who hit a big six out the ground in 30 off 25 balls. At the end of the innings Amanda Samaroo made 12 not out off 11 balls at the end of the innings, as she helped Daley add 23 off just three overs.

The series continues on Wednesday with the second T20 International. First ball is 2.30 pm (1.30 pm Jamaica Time).


Tue, 05/01/2012 - 14:50