West Indies take series lead
West Indies women 115 for 6 (Jack 39, Guha 3-21) beat England women 112 for 8 (Edwards 34, Taylor 3-16) by four wickets
West Indies women continued their winning ways by taking the first of three Twenty20s against England in St Kitts. A day after they edged home by one wicket at the same venue to take the one-day contest, the home side sealed a four-wicket success with one ball to spare to go 1-0 up in the series.
A fierce downpour delayed the start of play by three hours, after which Merissa Aguilleira won the toss and elected to put England in to bat. The England openers Charlotte Edwards and Danielle Hazell did not get off to a strong start as Stafanie Taylor dismissed Hazell lbw in the fourth over. Taylor added a second when Jenny Gunn gave Cordel Jack a catch. Edwards, the captain, put on 24 with Beth Morgan, but Morgan's run-out for 10 triggered a collapse to 68 for 6.
Aguilleira suffered an interception from the ball which forced her off the field, and in her absence Shermaine Campbelle took the wicketkeeping gloves. Holly Colvin's 17 and a 5-ball 13 from Isa Guha helped England post 112 for 8.
Katherine Brunt and Anya Shrubsole, who dismissed Deandra Dottin with his first delivery, soon had West Indies at 22 for 2. A third-wicket partnership of 69 between Pamela Lavine and Cordel Jack took the hosts to 91for 2 but another stumble unfolded, triggered by Guha. Lavine (26), Jack (39) and Stacy-Ann King (1) all fell to the impressive Guha and West Indies needed 16 from 17 balls. Aguilleira was run out for 13 attempting a nonexistent second run, leaving the equation to two from three deliveries. The winning runs were hit by Shanel Daley with a ball to spare.