England lost the last round-robin match in the Women’s Twenty20 Tri-Series as West Indies claimed a dramatic, super-over victory at Bridgetown, Barbados, in what was effectively a warm-up for their rematch in Saturday’s final.
With both sides having qualified for the showpiece before this game, Jenny Gunn, again leading in place of injured captain Charlotte Edwards, took 2-12 to limit the hosts to 118 for seven but Stafanie Taylor, who had top-scored with 40 after winning the toss, claimed 3-15 as the tourists registered the same score.
Danni Wyatt was run out from the second ball of the super over as England made six for one before two fours from Deandra Dottin, the first from a Gunn full-toss no-ball, saw the Windies home with four deliveries to spare.
Seamers Kate Cross and Beth Langston shared the new ball on their England debuts and Langston had Kyshona Knight caught and bowled before Cross ran out Juliana Nero with a direct hit.
Holly Colvin kept the Windies in check and was rewarded by bowling debutante Chinelle Henry en route to 1-9 from three overs.
Cross made Taylor her first international wicket thanks to a smart catch from Gunn to leave the hosts 99 for four with two overs left.
Three wickets fell in the penultimate set of six with Stacy-Ann King run out by Natalie Sciver and the stand-in skipper ousting Dottin for a 12-ball 26 and Anisha Mohammad for a duck.
Following a short rain delay between innings, Wyatt and Lauren Winfield began briskly, although both were held in the leg side respectively off Tremayne Smartt and Mohammad, who had the threatening Sarah Taylor caught behind.
Tammy Beaumont, who was to fall lbw to Taylor, and Greenway kept the scoreboard ticking and put England on course for victory. Even when the latter was run out for 36, the tourists required just 18 runs from 16 balls.
But Taylor removed Gunn and Sciver in consecutive last-over deliveries, forcing England to run three off the last ball to take the game into the super over.