England keep winning, India get past South Africa
England women continued to brush aside all opposition, thumping Sri Lanka by 79 runs in the warm-up game in St Kitts. Claire Taylor helped herself to a 53-ball 70, studded with eight fours and a six. Her second-wicket stand with Jenny Gunn raised 88 runs in 62 balls to set England for a tall score. Gunn missed her fifty by eight runs, but Laura Marsh stayed put to get four fours away in a nine-ball 24, to lift the score to 160 for 5. Sri Lanka did not turn up for the chase, losing wickets at regular intervals to fold for 81 in 16.3 overs. Danielle Hazell grabbed 3 for 9, while Holly Colvin picked two sticks.
India recovered from their defeat to England yesterday, and fought hard to beat South Africa by 23 runs in St Kitts. India were pegged back early by the cheap dismissals of their openers, but Mithali Raj came to their rescue yet again, with a 40-ball 45. The middle order seemed to be losing its way, as Harmanpreet Kaur and Reema Malhotra succumbed to run outs, before Jhulan Goswami stemmed the rot with a crucial innings. She added 57 with Raj, of which Goswami made was 39 off only 25 balls, with four fours and a six, as the score touched 140. Angelique Taai was the best bowler for South Africa, picking 3 for 24. Shandre Fritz and Trisha Chetty gave South Africa's chase a solid start, adding 68 at a run a ball. Thereafter India's spin trio - Gouher Sultana, Diana David and Priyanka Roy - got into the act, as South Africa lost their way, losing 5 for 47 in 44 balls. Chetty batted through the collapse, finishing unbeaten on a 54-ball 65, but it was not enough to see her side through.
West Indies clinched a thrilling win against New Zealand in St Kitts, finishing the game off the final ball. Theirs was a combined effort with the bat - the top score was 31 - but Pamela Lavine and captain Merissa Aguilleira added an unbeaten 19 for the eighth wicket to chase down 154. Aimee Watkins, the New Zealand captain, bagged three wickets but West Indies held their nerve to come up trumps. Watkins had starred with the bat as well, scoring 56, laced with eight fours and a six, before retiring out. Nicola Brown scored a quick 30 to boost her team to a competitive score which they just about failed to defend.
Australia thrashed Pakistan by 82 runs in St Kitts, skittling them out for 84 in a chase of 167. Only two Pakistan batsmen reached double-figures, as four Australian bowlers bagged a pair of wickets each to ensure there was minimal resistance in the chase. For Australia, Elyse Villani and Leah Poulton added 64 for the second wicket to lay the foundation for a competitive score. Poulton was more aggressive, striking five fours and two sixes in her 44. Captain Alex Blackwell remained unbeaten on 35 to take her team to a score that proved well beyond Pakistan's reach.