July 4, 2022

Cricket: Aussies sweep Windies with T20 thrashing

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By Laura Jolly From Cricket.com.au

The result: West Indies 81 (Britney Cooper 29, Natasha McLean 15; Jonassen 4-7) lost to Australia 1-83 (Healy 38, Mooney 24*; Fletcher 1-20) by nine wickets with 75 balls remaining at Kensington Oval, Barbados

The match in a tweet: That’s a sweep! Australia complete an undefeated tour of the Caribbean after Jonassen put the Windies in a spin in the third and final T20I

The hero: Jess Jonassen picked up career-best figures and took an absolute screamer off her own bowling to boot in a superb night for the Queensland allrounder. First, the left-arm spinner bowled Stacy-Ann King for six, before she had the aggressive Sheneta Grimmond caught in the deep for 13. She saved the best for her third wicket, taking a stunning return catch to remove Afy Fletcher without scoring before she had Reniece Boyce caught by Georgia Wareham on the boundary from the final ball of the innings. It was the icing on the cake of a maiden four-wicket haul for the spinner, who finished with a career-best 4-7 from four overs.

Flying Jonassen claims career-best figures

The stat: By chasing down the target in just 7.3 overs, this result became both Australia’s biggest win and the West Indies’ heaviest defeat in terms of balls remaining, with a whopping 75 left unbowled.

The catch: When Windies tailender Fletcher flat-batted the ball back in Jonassen’s direction in the 18th over, the left-hander dived full length across the pitch to her right, where the ball stuck in her non-dominant hand.

The support act: It was spin to win for Australia as leg-spinner Georgia Wareham picked up 3-14 to help dismantle the Windies alongside Jonassen. She picked up the key wicket of Windies captain Stafanie Taylor for six, before stopping top-scorer Britney Cooper in her tracks, trapping her lbw on 29. She struck her third blow in the 19th over to remove Anisa Mohammed, while her sharp fielding skills were also on display as she held on to two catches.

Wareham and Jonassen shine as Aussie bowlers skittle Windies

The master blaster: Alyssa Healy capped off a brilliant Caribbean tour with a fiery 38 from just 16 deliveries. With a meagre target of 82, Healy was not in the mood to hang around as she helped Australia reach 0-40 after just three overs, striking two maximums from one Anisa Mohammed over, before her onslaught ended in the fourth. The wicketkeeper-batter heads home with scores of 122, 58, 61, 12, 58no and 38 across three ODIs and three T20Is, a total of 345 runs at 69.8.

The consolation efforts: The injury-depleted West Indies have struggled to find their T20 gear this series with the bat but opener Britney Cooper has been setting the right example at the top of the order. Cooper’s 29 in the third match followed a speedy 39 in the second, while Grimmond – playing just her third T20I – and Natasha McLean showed the sort of fearlessness that has been sorely lacking in their top-order, striking a massive six apiece.

The milestone: West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor became just the eighth woman to play 100 T20Is, but it was an occasion to forget for the Windies leader. Only New Zealand’s Suzie Bates has scored more T20I runs than Taylor and with six members of their best XI missing the hosts have needed their most experienced player to stand up this series, but she hasn’t been able to reach from her usual heights. Her six from 19 deliveries in Wednesday’s third game came after she ground out an unbeaten 44 from 51 in the first match, then struck six from 12 in the second.

The drop: Allrounder Erin Burns was denied a maiden international wicket when Megan Schutt put down a high chance at mid-off, handing Cooper a life on 20.

The next stop: The Australian squad will now undergo the long journey home, where they’ll have a few days to readjust their body clocks before coming together in Sydney ahead of the first T20I against Sri Lanka at North Sydney Oval on September 29.

West Indies XI: Stafanie Taylor (c), Anisa Mohammed, Afy Fletcher, Karishma Ramharack, Britney Cooper, Kyshona Knight, Natasha McLean, Reniece Boyce (wk), Shabika Gajnabi, Sheneta Grimmond, Stacy Ann King.

Australia XI: Alyssa Healy (wk), Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Rachael Haynes, Meg Lanning (c), Erin Burns, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Georgia Wareham, Megan Schutt, Tayla Vlaeminck, Nicola Carey.

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Australia squad: Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes (vc), Erin Burns, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Heather Graham, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham

West Indies ODI squad: Stafanie Taylor (c), Hayley Matthews (vc), Reniece Boyce, Afy Fletcher, Chinelle Henry, Shamilia Connell, Stacy Ann King, Natasha McLean, Kycia Knight, Kyshona Knight, Anisa Mohammed, Karishma Ramharack, Shabika Gajnabi

One-Day Internationals* *ICC Women’s Championship matches

First ODI: Australia won by 178 runs

Second ODI: Australia won by 151 runs

Third ODI: Australia won by eight wickets

Twenty20 Internationals

First T20: Australia won by six wickets

September 16: Australia won by nine wickets

September 18: Third T20I, Kensington Oval, Barbados

For more on this story go to: https://www.cricket.com.au/news/match-report/australia-west-indies-third-t20-barbados-watch-live-stream-video-highlights-report/2019-09-19

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