Not good news to start the sporting day today but let’s hope the day will end on a brighter note with the Trinidad and Tobago men’s football team playing Curacao in their first mach in the Caribbean Football Union’s Cup Championship in Jamaica.
Over in Australia the West Indies women’s cricket team suffered their fifth straight defeat on tour, going down by three wickets in the opening One-Day International of the series-four which counts towards qualification to the Women’s 2015 World Cup.
After losing all four 20-20 matches that opend up their tour, the West Indies women took this first defeat in the 50-overs-per-side game and now captain Merissa Aguillera of Trinidad and Tobago and her team will have to find a way to stop a double whitewash.
Both teams entered today;s match joint top of the World Cup championship qualifying table with West Indies having beaten New Zealand in their opening qualifying series at home against New Zealand while Australia won theirs.
West Indies could be said to have made a late charge at win in today;s match but
A flurry of late wickets could not stop Australia Women from taking a 1-0 series lead.
Chasing 241, Australia were cruising at 217 for 2 in the 44th over before five wickets fell in the next six overs, but they were taken home with three balls to spare. .
Australia’s chase was led by their top order after they lost opener Elyse Villani in the third over. Nicole Bolton and Meg Lanning stitched a brisk stand of 100 runs in 20 overs. Bolton scored 59 off 78 and became Anisa Mohammed’s first wicket.
Lanning was then accompanied by Ellyse Perry for a partnership of 105 runs which meant they needed 28 runs from 42 balls with eight wickets in hand.
However, Perry and Lanning were dismissed in quick succession byStafanie Taylor for 53 and 95 respectively.
Australia went on to lose three more wickets – including two in the penultimate over by Shanel Daley – and when they needed two from the last over, they reached the target with the help of a wide.
The West Indies innings, once they were put in to bat, was steered by their No. 3 Taylor who made a dashing 95 Taylor with the help of opener Hayley Mathews who made 55.
Both batsmen struck fifties in their stand of 109 runs..
Taylor and Deandra Dottin took them past 200 in the 40th over but the lower order failed to capitalise on the solid platform.