Dottin denies England whitewash
England women’s 21-match unbeaten run in Twenty20 cricket came to an end as West Indies snatched a consolation last-ball victory to scupper hopes of a series whitewash at Arundel.
The hosts, who led 4-0 and had already clinched the NatWest International T20 Series, scored 139 for seven in their 20 overs, but a boundary-laden 62 from Deandra Dottin helped keep the Windies in touch before Juliana Nero struck the single they needed off the final delivery to win by three wickets.
West Indies captain Shemaine Campbelle won the toss and opted to insert England, and Tammy Beamont was trapped in front by Tremayne Smartt having made just two.
That brought ICC Women’s Twenty20 Player of the Year Sarah Taylor, who earned the accolade yesterday, to the middle, but she found herself with a host of new partners as Danni Wyatt, Jenny Gunn and Arran Brindle all departed to leave England on 64 for four.
But Taylor kept the scoreboard ticking, only to perish when smart glovework from Kycia Knight saw her stumped for 34 off the bowling of Stafanie Taylor.
Katherine Brunt scored one more than Taylor before she became Anisa Mohammed’s second scalp and Danielle Hazell’s eight-ball 18 ensured West Indies would require nearly seven an over to emerge victorious.
Openers Taylor and Smartt made a steady start in reply, however Anya Shrubsole accounted for both of them, running out the latter before clean bowling the former.
When Britney Cooper and Stacy-Ann King were sent back in quick succession, England looked well on their way to continuing their dominant run in the shortest format.
But Dottin had other ideas, and she really hit the accelerator in Brindle’s only over, which cost 18 runs, as she followed up a four with successive maximums.
Windies’ number three showed no sign of letting up either, as she crashed three fours and five sixes, but Holly Colvin eventually caused her demise and Campbelle was only able to add one more before she too departed.
However, Nero was the Windies’ hero, scoring two off Shrubsole's penultimate ball before a single from the final delivery ended England's streak of victories.