All-round Hayley Matthews drives Windies to semi-final

By November 16, 2018
Hayley Matthews of West Indies hits the ball towards the boundary, as dilani Manodara of Sri Lanka looks on during the ICC Women's World T20 2018 match between West Indies and Sri Lanka at Darren Sammy Cricket Ground on November 16, 2018 in Gros Islet, Saint Lucia. Hayley Matthews of West Indies hits the ball towards the boundary, as dilani Manodara of Sri Lanka looks on during the ICC Women's World T20 2018 match between West Indies and Sri Lanka at Darren Sammy Cricket Ground on November 16, 2018 in Gros Islet, Saint Lucia.

The Windies top order came to the party to post their highest Twenty20 International total of 187/5, and backed it up with a dominant performance on the field to wrap up an 83-run win over Sri Lanka in Match 16 of the ICC Women's World T20 and seal their spot in the semi-final. 

Hayley Matthews's 62 off 36 balls lit up the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in St Lucia on Friday, 16 November, as she and Deandra Dottin added 94 for the first wicket after the hosts chose to bat. 

The team 100 came just after the half-way point of the innings. While Dottin fell just short of her half-century, Stafanie Taylor continued entertaining the crowds with a brisk 41 off 25 balls.

Sri Lanka did well to pull things back, but apart from captain Chamari Athapaththu, no batter could make more than 11. Matthews had two wickets in two deliveries, then took a brilliant leaping catch at extra cover to end Athapaththu's stay, and came back to claim her third wicket to make for a near perfect day. 

The Windies thus stay on course to defend their title. They will play England, the other semi-finalists from Group A, on Sunday to decide who tops the group.

Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre is the Managing Editor at SportsMax.tv. He comes to the role with almost 20 years of experience as journalist. That experience includes all facets of media. He began as a sports Journalist in 2001, quickly moving into radio, where he was an editor before becoming a news editor and then an entertainment editor with one of the biggest media houses in the Caribbean.

Related items

  • Boult and Southee leave Sri Lanka reeling as rain cancels day two Boult and Southee leave Sri Lanka reeling as rain cancels day two

    Trent Boult and Tim Southee inflicted damage to Sri Lanka's batting order before the second day of the second Test against New Zealand was called off due to rain.

    After resuming on 85-2, Sri Lanka were ticking along nicely when captain Dimuth Karunaratne (65) brought up his fifty.

    But New Zealand's seamers soon came into play – Boult (2-33) claiming his 250th Test wicket as Angelo Mathews edged a pull through to wicketkeeper BJ Watling.

    Boult moved on to 251 four balls later, with Kusal Perera misreading a delivery that nipped straight back into his pads, departing without scoring to leave Sri Lanka 93-4.

    Karunaratne steadied the ship, while Dhananjaya de Silva (31 not out) had a lucky escape when Boult's day took a turn for the worse.

    The Black Caps bowler waved away other fielders after De Silva looped an edge high into the air, only for Boult to drop what should have been a simple catch.

    Sri Lanka's captain was the next to go, however, as Southee (2-40) drew Karunaratne into a sloppy drive and Watling pouched the edge.

    Not to be outdone by Boult, Southee bettered his team-mate's earlier feat, Niroshan Dickwella giving Watling another catch three balls later.

    Dilruwan Perera and De Silva managed to hold firm until lunch, with the rains that plagued day one returning during the break, ending play for the day with Sri Lanka on 144-6.

  • Cornwall omission could come back to haunt West Indies - Jack Mathew Cornwall omission could come back to haunt West Indies - Jack Mathew
  • Zone Blitz: Did Rahkeem Cornwall deserve to make the final XI against India? Zone Blitz: Did Rahkeem Cornwall deserve to make the final XI against India?
© 2018 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.