Australia have earned their place in the ICC Women’s cricket world cup final with a comprehensive 157-run win over West Indies in a rain-reduced game, and will face either England or South Africa in the final.
Meg Lanning’s side were at their best at bat, Alyssa Healy batting 129 as she and Rachael Haynes put in 216 for the first wicket, to set up a mammoth total of 305 for three from 45 overs.
The West Indies never seemed to come close in their hunt, captain Stafanie Taylor was her side’s top scorer with 48 but her dismissal ended their innings abruptly with injury and illness leaving the Windies on 148 for eight .
The game started an hour and 45 minutes late as thick mist and drizzle began to give way to sunshine, with the game reduced to 45 overs.
After being put to bat, Australia were undeterred by the fast West Indies bowlers who rushed a green wicket into dark Wellington as they made 37 from the power play at nine over.
Healy took her time getting started, going just 10 from 25 in the first ten overs, but then picked up the pace to get her back fifty from 63.
Her second fifty would come off just 28 balls as she completed a World Cup opening hundred as she and Haynes won their partnership 200 in 32 overs.
Healy eventually went for 129 balls from 107, including 17 fours and a six, as West Indies saved their first catch of the day, substitute Shakera Selman, in place of the injured Anisa Mohammed, diving in.
A mini riposte ensued as Chinelle Henry took two wickets in an over with Haynes passing first for 85 from 100 balls before Ashleigh Gardner’s promotion from seventh to third ended after 12 runs as the West Indies brought Australia down to 235 for three.
Lanning and Beth Mooney were there to steady the ship however, the two batters with the tournament’s highest averages, taking Australia to 305 for three of their 45 overs, the highest tally ever in a knockout game of the World Cup.
In response, West Indies again got off to a steady start led by Deandra Dottin but soon lost their first wicket as Rashada Williams opted for a 10-ball duck, Mooney latching on to a superb catch from the bowling of Megan Schutt.
Annabel Sutherland did what the Windies couldn’t, safely hanging onto a long-range looping catch to fire Dottin for 34 of 35 balls as she had just started to find the limit regularly.
Hayley Matthews went down for the same score, this time from 49 balls, as Jess Jonassen took the first wicket of the day with his fourth ball, Alana King latching onto a poorly timed shot halfway through.
Matthews’ wicket failed to bring West Indies to life as they slipped to 91 for three in 22.4 overs, Taylor joined by Shemaine Campbelle as the required pace soared above 10 one overs.
Sutherland contributed with a wicket as Campbelle sent a delivery straight to Jonassen to go for eight of 22 balls.
Chedean Nation came out intent on making a six from their first serve, but could only add more before being knocked out by Healy.
Kycia Knight called for a two-ball duck as Jonassen moved to 10 wickets for the tournament and cut West Indies to 126 for six.
Gardner then looked to catch up with Jonassen securing his ninth in the World Cup to return Ramharack LBW a ball after being dropped by Sutherland.
Taylor eventually went for 48 of 74, with four fours, and with that, the West Indian rounds and World Cup run came to an end as the injured Mohammed and sick Henry did not take to the field.
It gave Australia a 157-point victory as they progress to their seventh World Cup final, while West Indies are in the hunt for a maiden ODI Women’s World Cup title.
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Stunning Alyssa Healy Century helps Australia reach Women’s World Cup final
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