West Indies 188 for 1 (Matthews 107*, Nation 63*) beat Ireland 116 for 3 (Waldron 55*, Garth 45, Taylor 2-19) by 72 runs
Hayley Matthews' maiden T20I century helped West Indies women rout Ireland by 72 runs in the third and final T20I, thus clinching the series 3-0.
Matthews' 107 not out off 62 balls, studded with seven fours and nine sixes, powered West Indies to 188 for 1. Along with Chedean Nation, she added 162 in a record second-wicket stand - it was the fourth-highest stand in women's T20Is and the highest for the second wicket. In response, Ireland opener Mary Waldron scored an unbeaten 55 off 62 balls but they could manage only 116 for 3 in their 20 overs.
Kim Garth, captaining Ireland once again in the absence of Laura Delany, put West Indies in after winning the toss. Matthews and Britney Cooper added 26 for the opening stand in five overs before medium-pacer Sophie MacMahon got Cooper caught-behind. Nation then joined Matthews and the two hammered the bowlers by scoring at 10.80 runs per over.
West Indies brought up their 100 on the last ball of the 14th over. Until then, Matthews was still on a relatively sedate 39-ball 41 but the next four balls - bowled by legspinner Celeste Raack - produced 22 runs, including three successive sixes. After that, Matthews hit at least one boundary per over, except the 18th. She brought up her century off 59 balls with a four off the first ball of the final over, while Nation remained unbeaten on 63 off 46.
It was never going to be an easy chase; a target of 189 or more has been chased down only once in women's T20Is. Ireland themselves have never touched 180. Still, they fought, with Waldron and Garth putting up 94 for the second wicket. But they couldn't keep up with the climbing asking rate.
Waldron brought up her maiden half-century - off 59 balls - in the 19th over but the result was decided well before that.