Australia win as Lanning 95 outdoes Taylor 95
Australia Women 7 for 241 (Lanning 95, Bolton 59, Daley 2-38) beat West Indies Women 8 for 240 (Taylor 95, Matthews 55, Osborne 3-42) by 3 wickets
A flurry of late wickets could not stop Australia Women from taking a 1-0 series lead with a slender three-wicket win against West Indies Women in Sydney. 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 are on top of the Women's ODI Championship with four wins from as many matches.
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 by Stafanie 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 with the help of opener Hayley Mathews. Both batsmen struck fifties in their stand of 109 runs before Mathews fell or 55. Taylor and Deandra Dottin took them past 200 in the 40th over but the lower order failed to capitalise on the solid platform. Taylor and Dottin fell in successive overs and three wickets in two overs from offspinner Erin Osborne meant they scored only 38 runs in the last 10 overs to reach 240 for 8. Kristen Beams finished with 2 for 32 from 10 overs.