Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Thanks for joining us for women's semi-final. The same teams will soon be playing the men's semi-final. Toss at 6.30pm for that, and the match starts at 7. Do join us for that too. Cheers


"Daley started off well," says Merissa Aguilleira. "But I guess the batting fell apart. In the beginning we didn't get it together. We had just one good partnership. Perry and Lisa bowled really well, so I guess we have to say hats off to them. Congrats to Australia, and we want to thank the supporters who have come down here and fans back home. We are disappointed, I am sure they are disappointed, but we will come back again."

"We had great belief in the team," says Jodie Fields. "It would have been nice to get 140, but we knew 115 was enough with our bowling attack. Thought there would be more for the seam bowlers in it, but Perry and Hunter were good. We'll bring it on for the final, and are just going home now and support the Aussie men."

"With a fairly low total it was important to start well with the ball," says Player Of The Match Elysse Perry. "It was also nice to see Lisa bowl that well, and fr Hunter to pick five was really wonderful. It was also nice to see the work the spinners did."

So it's the usual suspects in the final now. Australia, after this comfortable win, will face England in the final. West Indies were excellent in the field, and their spinners did a decent job on a slow pitch, but that 115 looked just about enough at half time. The Australian bowlers lived up to the expectations with their quick women taking seven wickets, one catch and a run-out between them. Bowling around 120ks, swinging the ball, they proved to be the difference. And they were good to watch too, because it is tempting to not give the ladies pace to work with and capitalise on the lack of power-hitting. The Aussies, though, went after the wickets, and got them

Hunter to Smartt, OUT, Smartt leaves the crease, drives it in the air, and long-on completes a simple enough catch

TD Smartt c Cameron b Hunter 5 (6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 83.33

Hunter looking for a Michelle here. if she does get it, it will be her first

Hunter to Mohammed, OUT, another wicket, another good catch. Anisa charges at her, but all she manages to do is slice towards mid-off. Lanning runs back from mid-off and takes a safe catch

A Mohammed c Lanning b Hunter 1 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Last over coming up. Australia all but through

Just noticed the Australian uniforms. Perhaps the only team to have separate ones for men and women. And dare I say, these - yellow, as opposed to dark green/black - look much better. Not least, perhaps, to do with those who are wearing them

Osborne to Quintyne, OUT, tries the big sweep, is right in front of the stumps, and is out dead plumb leg-before

SL Quintyne lbw b Osborne 2 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Osborne to Quintyne, 1 bye, Missed stumping. Australia have sort of taken the foot off, but they aren't likely to pay for it. This misses the off stump by inches, but Fields can't make the take
Osborne to Quintyne, 1 run, Dropped by Healy. First drop of the match. Men can learn from that. Healy runs in well from long-off, gets under this sliced shot, but can't quite hold on to it

Spin on in the 19th over

Hunter to King, OUT, another wicket for Hunter. Stacy-Ann King, the Gayle lookalike, especially when she is fielding with her shades on, sweeps this nicely, but finds deep midwicket to perfection. That's two wickets, a run-out and a catch for Perry now. And three wickets for Hunter. Australia doing it with the quicks

SACA King c Perry b Hunter 1 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Hunter to Nero, OUT, and Hunter has made a superb comeback to the bowling crease. She bowls a length ball, Nero sweeps around it, and the leg stump is hit

JB Nero b Hunter 31 (45b 4x4 0x6) SR: 68.88

Hunter is back, despite an ordinary last over. Round the stumps

Osborne to Daley, OUT, lovely catch at midwicket. And it's Daley, west Indies' all-round player today. How about that catch, though? Daley has got too close to the ball, and doesn't get the elevation she needs. But it is dying on Blackwell at midwicket, who dives forward and to her right to pluck it inches off the ground

SF Daley c Blackwell b Osborne 25 (34b 3x4 0x6) SR: 73.52

Jonassen to Nero, FOUR runs, nice slog-sweep. She first charged at her, then saw the ball was too slow, and waited for it. Went down on the knee finally, and then swept it past midwicket. All along the ground
Hunter to Daley, FOUR runs, nice shot. A wide half-volley from Hunter, and Daley is all over it, driving it past extra cover
Hunter to Daley, FOUR runs, nicely played. She too likes pace on. Length ball, angling away, she has room to swing her arms, and she punches it wide of point
Osborne to Nero, FOUR runs, this is drilled. She got some power behind this drive over mid-off - 11 off the over
Osborne to Daley, FOUR runs, and she is off and running right away. Short, wide, turning away, cut casually, but past point for four

Daley, who bowled so well, in to bat. She has some job to do

Perry to Nero, OUT, Do I call it a schoolgirl error? Nero is early into the shot, ends up hitting it softly back towards the non-striker's stumps. Perry tries valiantly for the catch, but only manages to get her fingertips to her. Campbelle, having backed up, is back in the crease, but the bat is in the air, as the deflection hits the stumps

SA Campbelle run out (Perry) 5 (4b 1x4 0x6) SR: 125.00

Perry to Campbelle, FOUR runs, straying too far down leg, and nicely helped away fine of fine leg
Perry to Dottin, OUT, bowled'er. top of off. is that the fame for Australia? Short of a length, on off, Dottin tries to pull it. Not the length, and it squeezes under the bat to hit the off stump. What a bowling change. Australia going after wickets whereas it is so easy in the women's game to sit back and provide no pace and concede around five an over

DJS Dottin b Perry 6 (6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Australia in control right now. Dottin seems to be the key woman for West Indies. Perry is back now

Hunter to Dottin, FOUR runs, that's a T20 shot. Agricultural, if you will. Short of a length, outside off, and flat-batted through mid-on
Hunter to Aguilleira, OUT, that's dead plumb. Anther lovely outswinger, starts on leg, and hits Aguilleira in front of middle. She hasn't helped her cause by playing straight across the line. One of the easier lbw decisions made this week

MR Aguilleira lbw b Hunter 2 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

A slip still in place

Perry to Taylor, OUT, Timber. Full, straight, 121ks, Taylor drives all around it. Middle stump is gone. Taylor played across the line, and paid the price

SR Taylor b Perry 3 (11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 27.27

Perry to Nero, FOUR runs, short and wide, 121ks, Nero loves it, throws the bat at it, and thick-edges it over slip. Smartly played. She went really hard at it
Perry to Nero, FOUR runs, Nero has swept Perry! Successfully this time. Slight bend of the knees, and takes this full ball from leg, and deposits it to the boundary boards at square leg

Look at the flare on the Australian trousers. They are almost bell-bottoms from the seventies

WI Women 2nd innings Partnerships

1st13JB NeroSR Taylor
2nd4JB NeroMR Aguilleira
3rd6JB NeroDJS Dottin
4th5JB NeroSA Campbelle
5th48JB NeroSF Daley
6th2JB NeroSACA King
7th1SACA KingTD Smartt
8th7TD SmarttSL Quintyne
9th1A MohammedTD Smartt
10th0SC SelmanTD Smartt