Australia book date with England
England will take on defending champions Australia in Sunday’s Women’s World Twenty20 final after Jodie Fields’ side secured a 28-run victory over West Indies.
Australia, beaten by England in the group stage, were not at their best with the bat as they posted 115 for seven on a slow wicket, with Lisa Sthalekar’s 23 the most significant contribution.
However, an asking rate of almost six an over proved beyond the Windies, who were undermined by Ellyse Perry’s pace and Sthalekar’s nagging accuracy before seamer Julie Hunter ran through the tail to finish with 5-22.
Perry bowled the key duo of Stafanie Taylor and Deandra Dottin with the new ball, while Sthalekar’s four overs of off-spin yielded just six runs.
A partnership of 48 between Juliana Nero and Shanel Daley, who had earlier claimed two wickets, kept West Indies in the hunt, but they then lost their final five wickets for nine, four to Hunter, as the required rate spiralled out of control.
It was left-arm spinner Daley who did much to initially keep Australia in check, bowling Alyssa Healy - before a run had been scored - and Jess Cameron as they played back to deliveries that skidded on.
Meg Lanning fell for 19 when picking out cover off 16-year-old Shaquana Quintyne and progress remained slow as the Windies’ spinners wheeled away.
Seam was eventually introduced and Tremayne Smartt had Sthalekar well caught by Shemaine Campbelle running in from deep midwicket.
Quintyne then accepted a return catch to account for Alex Blackwell, who struck 21, and two run-outs in the final over typified a fine fielding display.
West Indies’ hopes of chasing down 116 were hit as Taylor played across the line to Perry and was bowled.
Skipper Merissa Aguilleira may also have regretted her decision not to exhibit a straight bat as she fell leg before to Hunter, and Dottin then mis-judged the length to become Perry’s second victim.
Australia’s spearhead had a hand in a third dismissal when, in failing to take a return catch from Nero, she deflected the ball on to the stumps at the non-striker’s end, running out Campbelle, who had failed to ground her bat.
Nero and Daley responded well in compiling 31 and 25, but were unable to score freely enough and eventually fell to Hunter attempting rather desperate strokes.
Erin Osborne then had Quintyne lbw on the sweep, before Hunter wrapped things up by having Anisa Mohammed and Smartt caught off successive deliveries at the start of the final over.