Windies Women qualify in style
MIRPUR, Bangladesh, CMC – West Indies emphatically qualified for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2013 after recording their fourth consecutive win by an 80-run margin over Bangladesh in the World Cup Qualifier here on Sunday.
Playing in front of a crowd of over 5000 Bangladeshi fans that filled the stands at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS), West Indies owed their success in Group B to a third successive half-century from opener Stafanie Taylor, a solid all-round performance from Shanel Daley, who also made a half-century and a three-wicket haul from rookie teenaged bowler Shaquana Quintyne.
In what was the table-toppers’ final group game, Merissa Aguilleira’s side knew that victory would score them a berth at the World Cup and set out to complete the task at hand.
After losing Juliana Nero for six with the score 27 in the eighth over, Jamaicans Taylor and Daley put on a 84-run partnership in 21.4 overs for the second wicket which helped the West Indies on its way to making 217 for eight off 50 overs after Bangladesh won the toss.
Taylor topscored with 62 off 102 balls, striking five boundaries, while Daley, who made 61, faced 105 deliveries and also hit five boundaries, along with a six. Taylor’s three scores of over 50 included a century in the first match against Ireland.
Leg-spinner Rumana Ahmed proved the pick of the Bangladesh bowling attack which challenged the West Indies at times, but at other times did little to trouble the strong batting line-up from the Caribbean. She took two for 37 off eight overs.
Some poor bowling saw Stacy-Ann King, who made 24 off 18 deliveries, smashing three sixes before she was run out. Britney Cooper weighed in with 26 not out off 24 balls.
In front of the large and vocal home crowd, the Bangladesh side valiantly chased down the target, but ultimately fell for 137 in 47.4 overs.
Quintyne, a 15-year-old Barbadian leg-spinner in only her third ODI match, took three for 20 off 6.4 overs. Pacer Shakera Selman, also from Barbados, picked up for 16 and Player-of-the-Match Daley, with her left-arm medium-pace, two for 17 as West Indies showed once again how strong a side it is in the field.
West Indies allowed no ball to go un-chased and restricted the young Bangladesh batters who struggled against the athletic fielding and superior bowling.
Bangladesh coach Mamatha Maben said: “West Indies were a superior side to us and this was a good game for us to learn from and to see how we can improve."
“They play a good standard of cricket and where other teams would have left a ball to go through to the ‘keeper or let it go to the boundary rather than chasing it down, they went after every ball, they chased everything and showed they are a superior side.
“Personally I think we could have taken more chances and yet at the same time we should be proud of the performance we put in against a tough opposition.
“I have always said as a side we’re a good bowling and fielding team who is learning, but we are lacking in the batting department. That lacking was seen today against West Indies who proved to be a tough opposition and showed our batters what they need to be doing.
“The next game against Sri Lanka is a do or die fixture for us in regards to qualifying for the ICC Women’s World Cup. We’ve not performed to our full potential in previous times against Sri Lanka but we are getting closer each time we play them and hopefully Tuesday’s game will be the game we finally beat them.”
Aguilleira admitted that Bangladesh had the toughest bowling attack the West Indies had faced so far in the event.
“Bangladesh’s bowling line-up was definitely the toughest we’ve faced so far in this event, especially the likes of Rumana Ahmed. They performed well out there, their batting needs to improve but bowling-wise I definitely rate them.
“We performed well as a team today, we stuck to the basics and I’m happy with the direction this side is moving in. We came to this event to play six matches, to qualify for the ICC Women’s World Cup and to play in six matches to make it to the final. We’ve accomplished the qualification part of our target, which feels fantastic and now it’s about the next two games and winning the event.”
Aguilleira added praise for Daley’s performance with both bat and ball: “Shanel showed her consistency today, she went out to bat and knew she had to stay there and steady the innings and she did just that and then took two wickets in the Bangladesh innings, so she had a great game for us.”
West Indies finished the group stages on top and will next play on Thursday when they face either Sri Lanka or Bangladesh dependent on the outcome of the Asia sides’ cross-over game on Tuesday.
WEST INDIES WOMEN
S Taylor c wk Yasmin Boishakhi b Rumana Ahmed 62
J Nero c Rahaman b Jahanara Alam 6
S Daley b Salma Khatun 61
D Dottin c wk Yasmin Boishakhi b Rumana Ahmed 17
*+M Aguilleira c & b Rahaman 1
S King run out (Yasmin Boishakhi) 24
B Cooper not out 26
S Quintyne c Jahanara Alam b Khadiza Tul Kubra 4
A Mohammed c wk Yasmin Boishakhi b Khadiza Tul Kubra 0
Extras (b4, lb1, w10, nb1) 16
TOTAL (8 wks, 50 overs) 217
Fall of wickets: 1-27 (Nero, 7.4 ov), 2-111 (Taylor, 29.2), 3-131 (Dottin, 33.4), 4-138 (Aguilleira, 36.3), 5-175 (King, 42.5), 6-194 (Daley, 46.4), 7-216 (Quintyne, 49.4), 8-217 (Mohammed, 50).
Did not bat: S Selman, S Munroe.
Bowling: Panna Gosh 8-1-31-0 (w1), Jahanara Alam 5-1-22-1 (w2), Salma Khatun 10-0-44-1 (w2), Suktara Rahaman 10-2-30-1, Lata Mondal 2-0-9-0 (w2, nb1), Khadiza Tul Kubra 7-0-39-2 (w1), Rumana Ahmed 8-0-37-2.
Ayesha Akhter c Nero b Selman 14
Suktara Rahaman c Taylor b Selman 10
Farjan Hoque c King b Quintyne 16
*Salma Khatun st Aguilleira b Taylor 23
Lata Mondal b Daley 15
Rumana Ahmed not out 28
Chamely Khatun lbw b Daley 1
Panna Ghosh c wk Aguilleira b King 2
Jahanara Alam lbw b Quintyne 3
+Yasmin Boishakhi lbw b Mohammed 4
Khadiza Tul Kubra c Cooper b Quintyne 0
Extras (b6, w14, nb1) 21
TOTAL (all out, 47.4 overs) 137
Fall of wickets: 1-26 (Ayesha Akhter, 8.4 ov), 2-30 (Rahaman, 10.5), 3-67 (Farjan Hoque, 25.3), 4-81 (Salma Khatun, 30.5), 5-97 (Lata Mondal, 34.3), 6-100 (Chamely Khatun, 36.1), 7-103 (Panna Ghosh, 37.3), 8-120 (Jahanara Alam, 43.1), 9-136 (Yasmin Boishakhi, 46.4), 10-137 (Khadiza Tul Kubra, 47.4).
Bowling: Selman 7-1-16-2 (nb1), Munroe 6-0-21-0 (w6), Daley 10-0-17-2 (w1), Mohammed 8-1-26-1, Quintyne 6.4-0-20-3 (w2), Taylor 4-0-15-1 (w2), King 6-1-16-1 (w1).
Result: West Indies Women won by 80 runs
Toss: Bangladesh Women
Points: West Indies Women 2, Bangladesh Women 0
Player of the match: SF Daley (West Indies Women)
Umpires: L Oala (Papua New Guinea), BB Pradhan (Nepal)
Matchreferee: DT Jukes (England)
Reserve umpire: Masudur Rahman