Women's Sports: Australia dominate with third T20 win in West Indies

Australia 83 for 1 (Healy 38, Mooney 24*; Fletcher 1-20) beat West Indies 81 (Britney Cooper 29, Natasha McLean 15; Jonassen 4-7, Wareham 3-14) by nine wickets with 75 balls remaining at Kensington Oval, Barbados.

Australia dominated their T20 series against West Indies with another comfortable win, and this victory means the Aussies have sealed a 3-0 series win.  

The tourists never looked like slipping up at Bridgetown’s Kensington Oval after Jess Jonassen picked up a career-best 4 for 7 – the fourth-best T20I figures for Australia. The West Indies, who won the toss, chose to bat first and were bowled out for just 81.

The chase was a formality as Alyssa Healy cracked 38 off 16 balls to round off her prolific tour in style. The 75 balls remaining was both the most for an Australia victory and West Indies defeat.

“It was always going to be a test tonight,” coach Matthew Mott said. “It’s been a long trip away combined with the Ashes, so I was pleased with the effort, particularly in the field, to bowl them out then it was a clinical chase. It was a real challenge for the group, and they spoke about it this morning. We like to finish off in style and close the book on things, so that was the most pleasing thing. Can’t ask for much more.”

Megan Schutt made taking wickets look easy for Australia; West Indies wickets fell steadily throughout with West Indies unable to build any momentum.

Wareham bowled out captain Stafanie Taylor, who was playing her 100th T20I, with her fourth delivery and returned to grab two more. West Indies’ last six wickets fell for six runs, including three wickets in six deliveries in the 18th over, with the help of Jonassen cutting through the lower order, the seventh bowler used by Meg Lanning.  

In reply to West Indies’ 81, Australia got off to a great start when West Indies’ Sheneta Grimmond’s opening over went for 16. At that moment it appeared Healy would almost knock off the target herself before cutting to short third man. 

Australia’s Beth Mooney and Ellyse Perry sealed the match with the winning boundary coming from Mooney – an elegant lofted cover drive.

Having secured the one-day international series 3-0, Australia’s tour of the West Indies has proved hugely successful. They return Down Under for the start of the home summer, which begins with another three-match T20 series against Sri Lanka.

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