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Impressive batting from Chinelle Henry goes in vain as Windies Women go down to New Zealand

Scene from West Indies women's match against New Zealand (Photo: CWI)

All-rounder Chinelle Henry starred with the bat, making a near half-century for the West Indies Women. However, this could not stop them from losing their first ODI against New Zealand Women.

Confusion about who had won the match took over at the end of the first ODI between West Indies and New Zealand in Antigua as bad light ended play in a rain-hit match, according to ESPN Cric Info.

Chasing 169 in a 35-overs-a-side contest following a rain delay, New Zealand needed 10 off 12 balls to win with five wickets down, and the umpires declared the match over following bad light as the cut-off time had been reached.

New Zealand Women were declared winners by the Duckworth/Lewis/Stern method, defeating West Indies Women by five at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua.

In the first CG United One Day International, wet conditions reduced the match to 35 overs per side.

West Indies batted first, and Rashada Williams and Natasha McLean combined for a solid opening partnership for West Indies. The pair added 29 before Williams fell for 19 off 28 balls, including four fours.

An 83-run partnership between Chinelle Henry and Kyshona Knight rebuilt the West Indies innings. Chinelle Henry noted that she set a personal goal approaching this series to do well for her team.

“Personally, I think, as an established all-rounder batting at number 7, if I could get 30+ runs every match consistently, getting wickets consistently for the team, I think personally that will help my cricket stats and also help the team going forward.”

The West Indies posted 168-7 from their 35 overs. Amelia Kerr and Maddy Green took the New Zealand innings within a touching distance of victory, but Matthews struck in her sixth over to remove Green and Lauren Down to put the West Indies back on course for victory.

West Indies were gathering momentum before the match was called, with New Zealand on 159-5 after 33 overs. According to the D/L/S calculations, New Zealand were five runs ahead of the 154 needed for victory at that stage of the innings. The second match will be played on Wednesday at the same venue.


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