England women suffer opening defeat

  • Last Updated: March 24 2014, 14:56 GMT

England got their ICC Women's World Twenty20 campaign off to a disappointing start as they lost by nine runs to the West Indies in Sylhet.

Deandra Dottin: Ripped through the England line-up
Deandra Dottin: Ripped through the England line-up

Charlotte Edwards' side restricted the Windies to 133 for seven and looked well on course for victory as the captain top-scored with 44 in reply.

But impressive figures of four for 12 from Deandra Dottin inspired a collapse as England lost seven wickets for just 40 runs to finish on 124 for nine and surrender the Group B opener.

England won the toss and chose to bowl with left-arm spinners Jodie Dibble and Rebecca Grundy handed debuts as part of the attack.

West Indies got off to a slow start, scoring just three runs off the first two overs, but the big-hitting Stafanie Taylor opened her shoulders in the next, launching Anya Shrubsole over the rope for a six.

Both the newcomers had a bowl in the early stages as the Windies reached 59 without loss at the halfway stage but Dibble came in for some damage in the 11th over with Taylor and Kycia Knight both sending her into the stands.

Kycia Knight hit another maximum in the 13th over but she became the first wicket to fall next ball as Jenny Gunn claimed a catch off Shrubsole to dismiss the opener for 43.

Dottin (nine) was next to go with Shrubsole claiming the catch off Natalie Sciver and that prompted a collapse which saw the West Indies lose five wickets for just 21 runs.

Sciver claimed her second and third wickets in the 16th over as she removed Kyshona Knight (two) caught and bowled and then Gunn's catch saw the end of Taylor for 56.

Grundy then bowled Shemaine Campbelle for one before Shrubsole dismissed Merissa Aguilleira (11) and Shanel Daley (nought) in consecutive balls as West Indies limped to a seemingly reachable 133 for seven.

England got their reply off to a flying start with Edwards, who was the top run-scorer in the 2012 edition of the World Twenty20 with 172, hitting four fours off the first over.

Sarah Taylor claimed two boundaries of her own but she was run out for 17 off 15 balls to leave England 42 for one.

Lydia Greenway (14) was next to go when she was bowled by Daley while attempting a reverse sweep and England reached the halfway stage requiring 63 more runs.

Sciver could add only seven before being bowled by Dottin and the all-rounder had a second victim when Tammy Beaumont went for two, eight balls later.

England's hopes now looked to rest on skipper Edwards but when she edged Dottin behind to Aguilleira, they were 94 for five and needed 40 off 24 balls.

Heather Knight (six) was next to go as she was caught by Campbelle off Tremayne Smartt and Dottin soon had her fourth wicket when she removed Gunn lbw for just two.

England needed 18 off the final over but when Shrubsole (10) and Dibble (nought) fell in consecutive balls they were left agonisingly short.

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