West Indies Women humiliated in eight-wicket loss as England sweep T20 series 5-0

By Sports Desk December 23, 2022

West Indies Women suffered an ugly eight-wicket defeat with 87 balls to spare to England Women, who swept the series 5-0 on Thursday.

In what was their poorest display of the series, the home side were skittled out for just 43 runs in 16.2 overs at Kensington Oval in Barbados. Djeneba Joseph (11) was the only West Indies batter in double figures as Alice Davidson-Richards took 3-5, Freya Davis 3-2 and Charlie Dean 2-8 combined to rip the batting to shreds.

Natalie Sciver was 20 not out as England reached their target of 44 in 5.3 overs. Their only disappointment would have been losing the wickets of openers Danni Wyatt for 11 to Karishma Ramharack and Sophie Dunkley to Captain Hayley Matthews for seven along the way.

Ramharack took 1-1 from the only over she bowled while Matthews took 1-12 from the two overs she bowled.

Matthews, however, chose to find something positive from the harrowing experience of being swept.

"I think we need to look at the positives from the series. It's really good to have the youngsters joining the squad and it's going to be a big improvement in bolstering our squad and getting the experience,” she said.

“Yes, the series didn't go our way but I believe this is the start of something good."

​The West Indies Women's next assignment will be a tri-series against India and South Africa in South Africa in January, ahead of the ICC Women's T20 World Cup in February.

The eighth edition of the marquee event will begin on 10 February with hosts South Africa taking on Sri Lanka. Cape Town, Paarl and Gqeberha will host the matches in the tournament with the knockout matches set to be played in Cape Town. The final will be held on 26 February.

The 10 teams will be drawn in two groups as follows, Group 1: Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh; with Group 2: England, India, West Indies, Pakistan and Ireland.

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