Windies Women win first T20 World Cup

first_imgKOLKATA, India (CMC):Teenager Hayley Matthews and captain Stafanie Taylor fashioned half-centuries as West Indies Women produced a superb run chase to beat three-time defending champions Australia Women by eight wickets and lift their first-ever Twenty20 World Cup title here yesterday.Set 149 for victory at the historic Eden Gardens, West Indies Women reached their target with three balls to spare, with the 18-year-old Matthews top-scoring with 66 from 45 balls and the in-form Taylor getting 59 from 57 balls.The pair put on a magnificent 120 for the first wicket to take Australia Women out of the contest and even when Matthews fell in the 16th over, Deandra Dottin (18 not out) joined Taylor to add 24 for the second wicket to keep the Caribbean side on top.West Indies Women entered the final over requiring three to win and Dottin reduced the target even further with a single to cover off seamer Ellyse Perry.Britney Cooper, who finished on three not out, failed to score off the next delivery, but took off for a suicide single off the third ball. The fielder at short midwicket missed a direct hit at the bowler’s end that would have seen Cooper on her way and the resulting overthrow handed West Indies Women the crucial win.The result sparked scenes of jubilation across the outfield as the remainder of the women’s team, along with members of the men’s team, ran on to the ground to celebrate.ELATED TAYLOR”I am (on top of the world). I’ve been waiting for this for a long time,” an elated Taylor said afterwards.”I think it has actually come at the right time because we’ve played some fantastic cricket today. We didn’t get the start that we wanted with the ball, but I think the batting gave us the edge.”Matthews, who struck six fours and three sixes to post her maiden T20 International half-century, was voted Player of the Match, while Taylor was adjudged Player of the Tournament for her 246 runs overall.Earlier, Australia Women captain Meg Lanning and Elyse Villani both struck 52 to get the title favourites up to 148 for five off their 20 overs, after opting to bat first.Alyssa Healy fell cheaply for four at 15 for one in the second over when she tapped a low return catch to off-spinner Matthews, but Lanning and Villani put on 77 for the second wicket to rally the innings.Lanning faced 49 balls and gathered eight fours, while opener Villani counted nine fours in her 37-ball innings.”We probably did not get the result that we wanted, but congratulations to West Indies for the way they batted,” Lanning said. “We felt we were a little short, 160 would have been nice. But if we had bowled well we would have defended.”last_img read more

SMB draws first blood

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins A lot has changed since 2016.ADVERTISEMENT Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES MOST READ Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team View comments Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Matthysse won’t carry respect for Pacquiao into the ring Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I know Alaska will do more, this is not their game,” Austria said in paying respect to the enemy, which continued to play without Calvin Abueva and got just import Diamon Simpson and Vic Manuel shooting in twin digits.“We’re expecting more from them and we need to tighten our defense [for the next games].”This series has been hyped because of that improbable San Miguel comeback two seasons ago when everyone—except for the Beermen themselves—wrote the team off after losing the first three games of the all-Filipino Finals.That comeback gave birth to the “Beer-acle,” which, judging from the way it played Game 1, doesn’t have a place in this series anymore.“I addressed the team that we have a history against them (Aces),” Austria said of his pre-game motivational speech. “The players simply didn’t want to lose.”ADVERTISEMENT A lot.Playing with complete command practically all of Saturday night, San Miguel Beer established its will over Alaska in their best-of-five Final Four series in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, taking a 92-79 victory at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay and putting the burden of making a comeback on the Aces.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I think in a series, this is the most important game to win,” said San Miguel coach Leo Austria, who engineered history when his Beermen roared back from a 0-3 deficit in the Philippine Cup best-of-seven series the last time these two proud franchises met. “[We need this] to dictate the tempo and to make them think hard on their adjustments.”San Miguel’s Game 1 performance will surely befuddle the Alaska coaching staff to say the least, with Austria getting six players in twin digits as the Beermen led by as many as 19 points after breaking away at the start of the second period. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWslast_img read more