Brutal Matthews ton sets up Windies Women for big win over Ireland in series finale

By Sports Desk May 29, 2019
Windies Women opener Hayley Matthews. Windies Women opener Hayley Matthews.

 A blistering unbeaten century from Windies opener Hayley Matthews put the team in perfect position to complete a sweep of Ireland Women, at the Pembroke Cricket Club on Wednesday.

 Despite the Windies already holding a 2-0 lead, the 23-year-old was in no mood to take things easy as her savage 107 runs from just 62 balls pushed the regional team to an impressive 188 for one.  Matthews’ innings consisted of seven fours and an astonishing 9 sixes.

The total was the player’s first century in the format, in the process becoming the 11th woman to reach the triple digit mark in the format.  Taylor received outstanding support from Chedean Nation, who compiled a brisk 63 from 46 balls, and also remained unbeaten at the crease.  Nation hit two sixes and six boundaries in the total. 

The Windies lost Britney Cooper early, with 26 runs on the board, but had very few issues afterwards as Matthews and Nation took the bowling attack apart. 

Sophie MacMahon took the lone wicket of Cooper but went for a costly 36 runs.  The Windies won the first match by 64 runs, before winning the second match by 45 runs.

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