AUSTRALIA WOMEN’S TOUR OF WEST INDIES, 2019
Alyssa Healy smashed a 32-ball 61 in her team’s big win © Getty
West Indies women’s poor batting form stretched to the third and final ODI game of the series, paving the way for Australia’s series sweep through yet another crushing win over the hosts. Batting first for the first time in the series, Stafanie Taylor’s side was bundled out for 180 in 50 overs – a marginally better effort than their previous two outings – which Australia overcame in just the 32nd over through half-centuries to Alyssa Healy (61) and Meg Lanning (58 not out).
For the third game in the series, West Indies lost an opener early and were forced on the backfoot from the very beginning. Even the hard-fought revival – from Britney Cooper and Kyshona Knight – was short-lived (41 run-partnership off 88 balls) before Australia really dug their heels in to keep picking wickets at regular intervals. The middle-order didn’t stand a chance as Ashleigh Gardner and Georgia Wareham punctured holes through it. Another round of resistance though came from Chinelle Henry (39) and Sheneta Grimmond (34), who added run-a-ball 64 for the seventh wicket.
That in the bigger picture was hardly sufficient as Megan Schutt swooped in to break the stand with Henry’s dismissal and then wrapped up the tail with two more quick wickets that resigned West Indies to a paltry total.
In response, Alyssa Healy was devastating in her boundaries-laden essay off 61 which came off just 32 deliveries (11 fours and 1 six). West Indies ended her fluent innings in the eighth over and then halted another blossoming partnership – between Rachael Haynes and Meg Lanning – by removing the former, but that’s as far hosts could get. Lanning combined with Ellyse Perry – the player of the series – to take the visitors to yet another commanding victory.
Brief Scores: West Indies Women 180 in 50 overs (Kyshona Knight 40, Chinelle Henry 39; Megan Schutt 3-24, Jess Jonassen 2-8, Ashleigh Gardner 2-23) lost to Australia Women 182/2 in 31.1 overs (Alyssa Healy 61, Meg Lanning 58*) by 8 wickets