England have setup a semifinal date with India after they lost to hosts Windies by four wickets in a last-over thriller at the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in St Lucia on Sunday (November 18).
Deandra Dottin starred with both bat and ball while Shemaine Campbelle slammed a nerveless 42-ball 45 as they powered their side to a win helping them top group A. They will now face Australia in the semifinals of the ICC World T20 on November 22.
Having restricted England to 115/8 the Windies stuttered in the chase with just two of their batters managing to reach double-digits. That eventually proved enough as both Dottin and Campbelle held their nerves before Kycia Knight struck a four in the last over to see the hosts to a win with three balls to spare.
Stafanie Taylor’s decision to field first was vindicated with pacer Shakera Selman striking in her very first over with the wicket of Danielle Wyatt (1), who was caught at mid-off. Amy Ellen Jones, coming at No.3 departed too off the bowling of Shamilia Connell for 8.
Opener Tammy Beaumont held one end up but England lost wickets at regular intervals and soon slipped to 50/6 with all Windies bowlers joining in on the fun. While Selman had Nat Sciver edging behind for 5, Afy Fletcher got the big wicket of Beaumont for 23 before Dottin struck to remove Heather Knight for 6. Things went from bad to worse when Laura Winfield was run out by a superb direct throw from Chinelle Henry at mid-off as England lost six wickets in just 11th over.
Just when it seemed England might not be able to bat out their full overs Sophia Dunkley Brown and Anya Shrubsole restored some parity in the proceedings. The duo took their time in settling in without taking much of a chance. They stitched a crucial 58-run stand for the seventh wicket before Dottin struck in the penultimate over picking up Brown for 30.
Shrbusole was dismissed off the last ball of the innings Campbell not before taking her side to a competitive total. For the Windies, Selman and Dottin chipped in with two wickets apiece.
The 117-run chase got tricky in just the second over when Shrubsole got rid of Hayley Matthews (1) and Windies captain Taylor (0) in four balls to reduce the hosts to 3/2.
Dottin and Campbelle then dug their heels in a 68-run stand for the third wicket to take their side closer.