England 106/2 (Wyatt 59*) beat West Indies 105/7 (Williams 23, Bell 3-26) by eight wickets
Lauren Bell followed up his star turn in England’s successful ODI campaign with three wickets as West Indies’ batting struggles suffered a heavy defeat in their first T20I and Danny Wyatt chased down an easy target with an unbeaten half-century.
Bell, who took a vital 4/33 as England beat the West Indies in their second ODI on Tuesday, was rested for the third match, another emphatic win as the tourists took the series 3–0. From your name. But she returned for just the third T20I of her career and took 3/26 from her four overs to help restrict the West Indies to 105 for 7.
The West Indies got more than 100 runs in each of their 50-over matches, being bowled out for a highest score of 165 in all three. After being 19 for 3 in the first five overs in Antigua on Sunday, they never recovered and Wyatt was positively ferocious in guiding England to an eight-wicket victory in just 12.4 overs.
bell back up
England could hardly have expected a better start than this. In her first international match since the Commonwealth Games bronze-medal playoff in early August, Katherine Brunt opened the bowling with her fifth ball to Aaliyah Alleyne, the 11th of the match, taking the first two wickets. Bell had a hand in taking wickets. , In the next over, Kycia Knight kept Bell in check by hitting Nate Sciver straight to mid-on.
Hayley Mathews tried to crush Brunt and lost her off stump, and despite begging for a few chances, England continued to put the West Indies under immense pressure. Heather Knight opened the batting for the under-19s and debutant Jenaba Joseph was stumped by Amy Jones to leave the side at 38 for 4 after eight overs. West Indies’ top scorer in ODIs, Rashda Williams edged Bell towards backward point and took off for a single, foolishly challenging Wyatt’s arm as he threw the stumps at the non-striker’s end. The next ball, Shemaine Campbell lofted Bell straight at mid-on to Lauren Winfield-Hill’s throat and the hosts were in a tizzy.
Run-out is the only way out for WI
After Tammy Beaumont was dropped from the T20I squad during the English summer, Sophia Dunkley continued her opening partnership with Wyatt and, while managing only three runs from the first nine balls she faced, Chinley in the third over Hits Henry for four boundaries. Cruise. That was until he had a messy run-out after Cherie-Ann Fraser skied over midwicket and went halfway down the pitch before turning back and, despite wicketkeeper Kycia Knight fumbling a throw-in, Campbell managed to escape from the slip cordon and fired. The stumps went in vain as did Dunkley.
Winfield-Hill, playing his first T20I since February 2020 after missing his ODI debut earlier this year and his ECB central contract for the coming season, dives perfectly to his right in the slips by Mathews was kept at zero. Coming in at No. 3 after teenage all-rounder Ellis Capsey broke his collarbone in the first ODI, Winfield-Hill managed a run-a-ball 15 before he was dropped by Kamble, another run out. Throwing from backward point for. , the only way for West Indies to be dismissed as their bowlers went wicketless.
Wyatt Seal Wins
Despite those constraints, Wyatt had full command of England. From 51 for 1 after the powerplay, including a six off Mathews in the third over, he moved Fraser through the midwicket region for back-to-back fours in the 30s. Wyatt brought up his half-century off 29 balls with a six off Karishma Ramharek and sent Shabika Ghaznabi over the rope at extra cover to come within three runs of victory.
Fittingly, Wyatt scored the winning runs to remain unbeaten on 59 off 34 balls with a strike rate of 173.52. This followed his half-century in the opening match of the one-day series, completing a successful stay for the visitors in Antigua. The tour will now move to Barbados for the remaining four T20 matches from Wednesday.