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Windies women steal last-over win over New Zealand
Basseterre (St. Kitts), Sep 20 : Seamer Shakera Selman bowled a brilliant last over as the West Indies women's cricket team snatched a thrilling four-run victory over New Zealand to complete their sweep of the four-match One-Day International series at Warner Park here.
Chasing 215 for victory, New Zealand looked the likely winners Friday when Rachel Priest top-scored with 74 and captain Suzie Bates struck 68, in an opening stand of 114, reports CMC.
They were still cruising at 176 for two in the 39th over when off-spinner Anisa Mohammed intervened, grabbing four for 41 while Selman took two for 34, as the visitors lost their last eight wickets for 34 runs.
With New Zealand requiring nine runs from the last two overs, seamer Deandra Dottin sent down an over that cost just two runs and which included the wicket of Priest, holing out to deep mid-wicket off the fifth ball of the over.
Entrusted with the last over with New Zealand needing seven runs to win, Selman held Holly Huddleston scoreless of the first two deliveries before bowling her down with the third, as the batsman swung and missed.
Georgia Guy gathered a couple square of the wicket first ball she faced but then Morna Nielson charged down the wicket for a non-existent single of the fifth delivery, and found herself stranded after Guy failed to respond.
The wicket sealed a superb come-from-behind victory for the West Indies who had earlier rattled up 214 for eight off their 50 overs, after being sent in.
Stafanie Taylor top-scored with 66 from 84 balls, with seven fours and a six, while Kycia Knight hit 39 and Natasha McLean, 36, in putting on 58 for the first wicket.
When McLean skied off-spinner Georgia Guy to long on in the 12th over, Taylor and Knight put on 53 for the second wicket to put the innings back on course.
Shanel Daley chipped in with an unbeaten 29 down the order to rally the tail.
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