Windies girls beat Pakistan to record fourth win of ICC Challenge

Potchefstroom, South Africa – West Indies women bounced back from their six-wicket loss to South Africa by beating Pakistan by 93 runs in the final round of the ICC Challenge 50 Over tournament on Tuesday. Pakistan won the toss in the morning sunshine and sent the ladies from the Caribbean in to bat. The Windies rattled up 256-8 off their 50 overs – their third score of more than 250 in five matches.

The side lost opening batter Juliana Nero for a “duck” in the second over, but this did not keep the team down as Stafanie Taylor blazed to 83 from 112 balls before she was caught by Sana Mir off Nida Dar in the 39th over. Later in the match she returned to take two wickets to take her third Player-of-the-Match award as the Windies bowled out Pakistan for 163 in the 45th over.

Taylor has been in remarkable form and ended as the tournament’s leading run-scorer and the only century-maker – a career-best 147 in the opening match against the Netherlands. She ended with 390 runs in five innings at an average of 97.50 per innings.

Captain Merissa Aguilleira’s made 50 – the best score of her career – and helped to steer her side to a winning position before she was stumped by Pakistani wicket keeper Batool Fatima off the bowling of Dar. Aguilleira’s batting has been brilliant in the tournament since she decided to move up the order. She ended with 161 runs at an average of 53.66 per innings.

The 41-run partnership in five overs between Deandra Dottin (19) and Stacy Ann King (21) bought an end to Pakistan’s hopes for a win in the tournament, as the Windies batter kept going until the end. The bowlers then took over with Taylor and left-arm spinner Shanel Daley both taking two wickets.

West Indies coach, Sherwin Campbell was happy with the win as it gave the team some confidence going into the Twenty20 section of the event. “We wanted to finish this section of the tournament on a winning note and that’s what we did. We did well recently in the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in the West Indies, so we are confident going into the T20 phase of this tournament. We are switching to T20 mode and starting early tomorrow with a nets session and we look forward to what we hope will be a successful T20 campaign.”

During the tournament the Windies suffered one defeat and they have now moved from fifth to sixth place in the ICC One-Day International rankings.