England complete whitewash of West Indies in five-over thrash to end memorable summer

Deandra Dottin hits out - GETTYDeandra Dottin hits out - GETTY
Deandra Dottin hits out – GETTY
<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="West Indies (41-3) were defeated by England (42-7) by 3 wickets.” data-reactid=”17″>West Indies (41-3) were defeated by England (42-7) by 3 wickets.

Cricket, never change. If this summer of cricket could get any more bizarre, with just a few hours left of September, it did, as England’s women completed a series whitewash over the West Indies in exciting fashion. It was a condensed summer of cricket, so appropriately a condensed final match to end on. The match almost didn’t happen either as, at 8:27pm, a minute before the peculiarly precise cut-off time of 8:28pm, the first ball of the five-over bonanza was bowled.

A shortened game, however, meant the best opportunity for the tourists to steal their first win of the series. For much of the match they looked like taking it, and believed they would too, before a flurry of extras in the game’s final over handed England the win.

England managed a wicket every over in the first three of the West Indies’ innings, but came undone in the final two, as captain Stafanie Taylor and Natasha McLean, playing her first international this year, plundered 21 runs. A six off the final ball and the West Indies were defending an imposing 42.

Talking of sixes, Deandra Dottin, far and away the series’ leading run scorer, smashed the fourth ball of the match into the stands over deep midwicket. It took her to a century of sixes in T20I cricket, the first woman to achieve the feat. A deserved coronation.

Alas, her team couldn’t back it up in this final fling; their innings was all-or-nothing, with two ducks punctuated by a fistful of runs.

England, however, started disastrously, losing their first three wickets inside 11 balls, two in Shamilia Connell’s sharp opening over. But superior athleticism between the wickets and a rally by England’s fabled strength in depth saw normal service resume and England prevailed, calmly, coolly and just going about their business. An ordered end to a disordered summer.

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