England defeated West Indies by 95 runs to enter Semi-Finals

England’s unstoppable run this ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup saw them defeat West Indies in their final Super Six match in Group 2 at Potchefstroom by a massive margin of 95 runs. England won the toss and decided to bat first against West Indies.

England defeated West Indies by 95 runs in the Super Six Stage. PC: Getty Images
England defeated West Indies by 95 runs in the Super Six Stage. PC: Getty Images

Once again, star-opening batters Grace Scrivens and Liberty Heap gave them a solid start until the latter was dismissed by Asabi Callender for 13. Niamh Holland joined skipper Scrivens at the crease and built on a formidable partnership for almost 7 overs. Holland was dismissed for 21 by Abini St Jean and in the very next over the settled Scrivens was out for 56 off 43, a knock that was characterised by 5 fours and 2 maximums. Davina Perrin also did not capitalise on her start and was dismissed for 9 off 8, a caught and bowled executed to perfection by Ashmini Munisar. Then a brilliant 28 off 19 by Seren Smale and a knock of 29 off 16 by Charis Pavely ensured that England posted a massive 179/4 on the board. Another concerning trend was how West Indies conceded 23 runs which would later backfire in their run-chase. Ashmini Munisar, Abini St Jean and Asabi Callendar were instrumental in scalping the English wickets.

West Indies had a tough total of 180 to chase and from the get-go, it was always going to be an uphill battle. Realeanna Grimmond was the earliest to fall for a run-a-ball 4 and with Shunelle Sawh’s dismissal for 3 was not the ideal start. Naijanni Cumberbatch’s 4 was another setback but with Zaida James and Djneba Joseph, there was still some hope left. However, James’ painstaking 5 off 18 came to an end and West Indies was now 4 wickets down. Joesph was going strong and Asabi Callendar was playing a very defensive knock and it was only in the 16th over, that the latter was dismissed for 17 off 28. With Ellie Anderson then cleaning up the tailenders, the writing was on the wall and recovery was impossible for West Indies, Joseph remained unbeaten for 44 but West Indies folded for 84/8 in their 20 overs. Ellie Anderson was nothing short of phenomenal with the ball as she scalped five wickets for just 12 runs and with Alexa Stonehouse scalping two wickets, England capped off a brilliant win courtesy of their all-round effort.

Brief Scores: ENG- 179/4 (G Scrivens 56, C Pavely 29; A Munisar 2/32, A Callendar 1/28) defeated WI- 84/8 (D Joseph 44, A Callendar 17; E Anderson 5/12, A Stonehouse 2/15) by 95 runs.

I am a first year postgraduate student pursuing a MA in Media and Communication Studies at Christ University, Bengaluru. I am a podcaster, blogger and an avid cricket fan. When not glued to cricket matches, you can find me submerged in books and thinking about cricket all the time.

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