EAST LONDON, South Africa (CMC):West Indies Women wasted two handsome partnerships as they crashed to a 35-run defeat to South Africa Women in the final one-day international of the three-match series here yesterday.Chasing 236 at Buffalo Park, the Caribbean side twice looked poised to pull off victory, but lost wickets in clusters to end on 200 for eight off their 50 overs.Former captain Merissa Aguilleira and opener Shaquana Quintyne both struck 40, while wicketkeeper Shemaine Campbelle stroked 27 and Deandra Dottin, 25.West Indies Women lost teenage opener Hayley Matthews for two in the third over of the innings with the score on nine, but were bolstered by a second-wicket stand of 57 between Quintyne and Kyshona Knight (18).Quintyne faced 68 balls and counted six fours, while Knight’s innings consumed 45 deliveries and included two fours.When Quintyne was bowled by leg-spinner Dane van Niekerk in the 19th over at 66 for two, it triggered a slide where another three wickets fell for 42 runs to leave West Indies Women on 118 for five in the 33rd over.Yet again, they benefited from another tidy partnership, this time between Aguilleira and Campbelle, who added 52 for the sixth wicket. The right-handed Aguilleira struck three fours off 65 balls while Campbelle’s innings was a breezy one, requiring just 32 balls and including three fours.Windies Women looked to be taking the advantage when both batsmen fell in the space of seven deliveries and when Anisa Mohammed went for one, three wickets had tumbled for seven runs.Stumbling at 177 for eight in the 46th over, West Indies Women had no momentum and their innings crawled to a tame end.Earlier, opener Trisha Chetty and van Niekerk both struck 55, while Mignon du Preez got 43 and Marizanne Kapp, 39, as South Africa Women eased to 235 for six after opting to bat first.The hosts benefited from handy partnerships throughout their innings, thanks to Chetty. She and Andrie Steyn (21) put on 39 for the first wicket before she combined with du Preez to add a further 72 for the second wicket. Chetty faced 83 balls counted four fours while du Preez struck seven fours in a 62-ball innings.When du Preez departed in the 25th over, Chetty anchored a third wicket stand of 41 with Kapp, to give the Proteas Women renewed momentum.Chetty and Lizelle Lee (6) perished in the space of 18 balls to leave South Africa Women on 163 for four in the 40th over, but van Niekerk masterminded a 64-run, sixth wicket partnership with Kapp, to give the innings a strong finish.West Indies Women won the series 2-1 after taking the first two games of the series.
KOLKATA, India (CMC):Stafanie Taylor, the captain of West Indies Women, who have just won the T20 World Cup for the first time, says a recruitment programme is needed as part of an elaborate plan to keep the sport alive in the region.Taylor, who was voted player of the tournament, is worried that women’s cricket in the region could suffer a significant decline if a proper system is not put in place for when the current crop of players retire.”We need to go into the schools and try to get girls to come out,” said Taylor.”I think we do have girls that are interested. It’s just that you don’t have anyone to push it, and I think that’s where we need to start, by going into the schools and getting these girls out.”In their impressive eight-wicket victory over Australia to win the ICC T20 World Cup on Sunday, the Caribbean side surpassed a challenging target of 149 with three deliveries remaining, following a rollicking opening stand of 120 between Taylor and teenager Hayley Matthews.PLAYER OF THE MATCH”I think we definitely need some infrastructure, whereas Australia and England they do have it. We need young girls coming up,” said Taylor, who scored 59 off 57 balls in the final, while Matthews earned the award for Player-of-the-Match by smashing 66 off 45 balls.”When you, look at our team, most of us are fairly young, and when these core players are gone, it’s going to deteriorate, and we need to start building young players coming up.”Taylor has also been effective as a bowler taking a total of eight wickets in the tournament, three of which came in the semi-final against New Zealand.Taylor says her dream is to play Test cricket which she feels will also help her colleagues improve.”That’s one of my dreams, to play Test cricket. The type of player I am I think it will definitely suit and build my game as time goes on, but I would definitely love to play Test cricket,” said Taylor.”I think it will definitely help some of the girls. Longer format of the game where they could build their game and I think it will definitely help us in playing in one day games.”
STOKE, England (AP):Harry Kane and Dele Alli both scored twice yesterday as Tottenham crushed Stoke 4-0 with a devastating attacking display to close the gap on Premier League leaders Leicester City to five points.Tottenham’s fearless performance was an emphatic response to Leicester dropping points in Sunday’s draw with West Ham with four games remaining.Either team winning the league would shake up the established order. Leicester have never won the top flight in their 132-year history and Tottenham’s only titles came in 1951 and 1961.”We’re not going anywhere we are on their tails,” Kane said of Leicester after taking his league-leading tally to 24 goals.The England striker curled in the opener in the ninth minute at Stoke, but Tottenham only burst into life in the second half.The 20-year-old Alli dinked the ball over 39-year-old goalkeeper Shay Given to double Tottenham’s lead in the 67th, but then missed an open goal.Kane did succeed in putting the ball into an unguarded net in the 71st and Alli arrowed a powerful volley into the net to complete the heaviest loss of the season for ninth-place Stoke.