England Women hold their nerve to clinch 3-2 series win in West Indies
By Chris MacRae
Last Updated: 19/10/16 10:57pm
England held their nerve to win the fifth and decisive one-day international against West Indies by a comfortable five wickets at Sabina Park to clinch the series 3-2.
Alex Hartley (4-24) and Katherine Brunt (3-23) were the pick of the bowlers as the hosts, who had won the toss, laboured to 155 all out in 47.1 overs, with only Stefanie Taylor (57) offering any meaningful resistance.
England never looked in any sort of trouble from the moment Lauren Winfield and Tammy Beaumont put on 33 for the first wicket and Nat Sciver's unbeaten 58 saw them home with 11.1 overs to spare.
It was first time in the five-match series that the side batting second - having lost the toss - had prevailed.
The victory means England are one win away from qualification for the 2017 World Cup, a result which could be achieved in November when Heather Knight takes her side to Sri Lanka for three matches in the ICC Women's Championship.
Knight said: "I'm really happy with how we have stood up and delivered a strong, winning performance in the final match of the series.
"To come to the Caribbean and beat the ICC Women's World T20 champions on their home patch, in tough conditions, and with a couple of set-backs along the way, shows how much character, desire and talent there is within this squad.
"We are already looking forward to the next challenge of taking on Sri Lanka in Colombo next month. We are well placed in the ICC Women's Championship table, and hopefully we will put in some strong performances."