West Indies defeated England by 4 wickets in the first Twenty20 of the three match series in St Kitts.
A spell of torrential rain 45 minutes before play was due to get underway in the first Twenty20 between the West Indies and England meant that play was delayed for three hours at Warner Park, St Kitts. When the umpires were satisfied that conditions were suitable for play, West Indian captain Merissa Aguilleira won the toss and elected to put England in to bat.
A positive start by England openers Charlotte Edwards and Danielle Hazell, with two boundaries coming in the first over, was curbed when Hazell was judged out lbw to Staphanie Taylor in the fourth over with the score on 18. Jenny Gunn fell shortly after to give Taylor her second wicket. Beth Morgan and Edwards put on 24 runs to take England past the 50 mark before Morgan was run out for 10. Atkins (0), Brunt (4) and Edwards (34) fell in quick succession to leave England in trouble on 68-6.
An injury to West Indian captain Aguilleira when a ball struck her in the sternum meant a brief delay while Aguilleira was helped off and Shermaine Campbelle padded up as a replacement wicket keeper. When England's innings resumed, a gutsy 17 from vice-captain Holly Colvin and a much needed 13 from five balls from Isa Guha gave England a total of 112-8 from their 20 overs.
Opening bowlers Katherine Brunt and Anya Shrubsole bowled with real aggression with Shrubsole taking a wicket with her first ball of the tour when Deandra Dottin was caught behind by Tamsin Beaumont and Brunt managing figures of 1-11 from her four over spell to leave the West Indies on 22-2. However a third wicket partnership of 69 between 40 year old Pamela Lavine and Cordel Jack put the West Indies in a commanding position at 91-2.
Isa Guha picked up three quick wickets, Lavine (26), Jack (39) and King (1) to silence the crowd and leave the home side needing 16 runs from 17 balls. Succumbing to pressure thanks to some accurate bowling from Guha and Colvin, Aguilleira was run out going for an unlikely second run for 13, leaving the West Indies needing two to win from three balls. Jamaican Shanel Daley kept a cool head hitting the winning runs with a ball to spare giving the West Indies a 1-0 lead in the three match series.
The teams return to Warner Park tomorrow (Tuesday) for the second Twenty20 of the three match series.