England Women seal dramatic five-run win over West Indies Women
By Matthew Treadwell
Last Updated: 09/10/16 12:45am
England Women pulled off a stunning five-run win over West Indies Women as they sealed victory in the first of their five ODIs in the Caribbean.
Danni Wyatt was named Player of the Match for her career-best 44 during England's knock before the bowlers took centre stage as Alex Hartley (3-26) and Katherine Brunt (3-24) saw their side home in Jamaica.
England won the toss and chose to bat but that decision looked as though it may backfire as they slumped to 62-5, with pace bowler Deandra Dottin (3-21) doing damage in the tourists' top order.
Wyatt stayed around to steady the ship as she and Amy Jones put on 45 for the sixth wicket before Jones fell to Stafanie Taylor, with Wyatt finally succumbing to spinner Afy Fletcher as England struggled to 149 all out in the final over.
The hosts began their run-chase well, with Hayley Matthews and Shaquana Quintyne putting on 53 for the opening wicket before Matthews (26) was dismissed by 17-year-old Sophie Ecclestone on her ODI debut.
Ecclestone then bowled Quintyne (25) as England began to take control, with top-scorer Dottin (27) becoming the first of three wickets to fall with the score on 100.
Shemaine Campbelle (24 not out) and Fletcher looked set to snatch victory for the hosts but Laura Marsh removed the latter and Brunt took the final two wickets to secure a dramatic win.