West Indies Deandra Dottin takes stunning ‘catch of the year’ at Cricket World Cup

Deandra Dottin catch

West Indies all-rounder Deandra Dottin took a stunning catch to dismiss England batter Lauren Winfield-Hill as her side beat the defending champions by seven runs at the ICC Women’s World Cup. 

Having lost their opening match against Australia, England needed a win to get their campaign back on track. However, it was a tale of dropped catches for Heather Knight’s side, who shelled six chances in total. 

The West Indies batted first and posted 225-6 from their 50 overs, with Shemaine Campbelle top-scoring with an unbeaten 66. 

In response, England’s chase started well as Tammy Beaumont and Winfield-Hill both reached double figures. 

But at 31-0, Dottin produced her moment of brilliance. Winfield-Hill attempted to cut a short and wide ball from Shamilia Connell, but Dottin, standing at point, sprung to her left and took a one-handed catch in mid-air to leave the England batter stunned. 

Knight’s side subsequently slumped to 94-5 and then 218 all-out as they succumbed to their second straight defeat. 

Understandably, Dottin’s grab sparked a huge reaction online, with many branding the catch as one of the best of the year. 

BBC cricket journalist Henry Moeran tweeted: “Deandra Dottin has just taken the best catch you’ll see this World Cup (and probably this year.)” 

Former Indian cricketer Wasim Jaffer echoed these thoughts and wrote: “Congratulations West Indies women on an incredible win. Not for nothing, they say catches win matches. This catch from Deandra Dottin will take some beating.” 

Ex-Australian cricket star Mel Jones also agreed with this statement. Referring to Dottin’s catch, she said: “Going to take some beating this [at the] @cricketworldcup! Deandra Dottin had the cape on and used it to its fullest. #CWC22 #WIvENG.”

Dottin is considered by many to be one the best fielders in the world and made her international debut way back in 2008. 

A limited-overs specialist, the 30-year-old was named the Women’s T20 International Cricketer of the Year in 2018 and became the first player to hit 100 sixes in Women’s T20s in 2020. 

The West Indies have now won both of their matches so far at the World Cup and sit second in the table, behind Australia. 

Meanwhile, England’s title defence is far from over, but they face a tough task in making the top four with only five matches remaining. 

Next up is a game against South Africa in Tauranga on Monday.

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