McGlashan sinks West Indies women

Sara McGlashan & Shemaine Campbelle

Sara McGlashan leads the way for New Zealand women with a 55-ball 84 in a daunting - and unassailable - total of 180 for five

Sara McGlashan hit a brutal 84 to propel New Zealand women into the ICC World Twenty20 final and end West Indies’ hopes of glory on home soil.

New Zealand triumphed by 56 runs in a one-sided semi-final in St Lucia, setting up a clash with near neighbours and long-time rivals Australia in Sunday’s showpiece.

The White Ferns – losing finalists to England in this competition last year – will go into the Barbados clash keen to right those wrongs, and will be considered favourites by many, having won the last six encounters against Australia.

Their victory over a West Indies team that have made great strides in recent months was built around McGlashan’s stunning innings, which spanned just 55 balls, contained six fours and two sixes and set up a formidable total of 180 for five.

Aimee Watkins and Sophie Devine weighed in with 20 and 27 at quicker than a run a ball, the latter sharing a match-defining third-wicket stand of 93 with McGlashan in little more than eight overs following a brief rain delay early in the contest.

Although opener Stefanie Taylor made 40 off 33 deliveries in West Indies’ reply, the loss of regular wickets undermined an increasingly futile pursuit.

Deandra Dottin, who smashed a savage unbeaten 112 in the opening match against South Africa, failed to fire once more – she has scored one run in three innings since that game – but Watkins prospered to the tune of 3-26.

There were two wickets apiece for Nicola Browne and Lucy Doolan as West Indies laboured to 124 for eight and exited the competition in disappointing fashion.

The women’s final will follow the men’s, between England and Australia, at the Kensington Oval.