Pamela Lavine hands West Indies Twenty20 series
West Indies women 102 for 5 (Lavine 37, Guha 3-21) beat England women 99 (Edwards 41, Lavine 4-21) by five wickets
West Indies added a Twenty20 series win to their upset of top-ranked England in the one-dayers by taking an unassailable 2-0 lead. Allrounder Pamela Lavine was the match-winner for the home side, taking four wickets to skittle England before making a brisk 37 to shepherd West Indies to a five-wicket victory in the second Twenty20 international at St Kitts.
The match followed a pattern similar to the first Twenty20 on Monday: the start was delayed by three hours due to a thunderstorm, West Indies won the toss and chose to field, England were inept with the bat with no one supporting captain Charlotte Edwards (who top scored again, this time with a battling 41), and West Indies chased down the modest target in the final over.
Edwards had guided England to a reasonable 70 for 2 in the 14th over, but her dismissal sparked a dramatic collapse. The visitors lost their final eight wickets for 29 runs, and didn't even play out their quota of 20 overs.
West Indies were rarely in trouble chasing 100, despite losing two of their best batsmen, Stafanie Taylor and Cordel Jack, for ducks. Stacy-Ann King and Deandra Dottin stitched together valuable partnerships with Lavine to put the home side on track.
After the match England head coach, Mark Lane, said though his team had lost both the one-dayers and the Twenty20s, the experience would prove handy when they return for the World Twenty20 next year. "The team played well for maybe 75% of the match today but ultimately that's not good enough to win these sorts of games," he said. "I think we've all learnt a huge amount from the trip so far which will help us when we come back here in May for the ICC World Twenty20."
The final Twenty20 match will take place on Thursday at Warner Park, St Kitts.