48th over: West Indies 208-4 (Campbelle 55, Nation 45) West Indies plunder another 11 runs off the over as England are starting to look a bit sloppy, ending as they started. 200 up and the hundred partnership between Campbelle and Nation. What can they get up to here?
47th over: West Indies 197-4 (Campbelle 51, Nation 38) FIFTY UPfor Campbelle! She swivels a pull away off Sciver for a boundary and then takes on a risky two to notch up her half ton. Batted. It’s been slow going but if West Indies can have a few big overs here then they are very much in this game.
46th over: West Indies 186-4 (Campbelle 41, Nation 37) Shrubsole goes for 8 runs as West Indies finally look to be upping the ante.
45th over: West Indies 178-4 (Campbelle 39, Nation 31) Amy Jones misses an easy run out! Jones has kept so smartly all day but just failed to scoop up Danni Wyatt’s underarm throw off the turf, missing the ball and breaking the stumps with her empty glove. It was out by a mile too! Nifty work by Wyatt who swooped in smartly. A couple of singles follow and then, WHAT IS THIS?! A lesser spotted boundary off the bat! Nation drives Sciver away behind point for four! That’s the first one of those since the 32nd over. It’s been attritional stuff. Sciver gives away a wide, England have been poor in that department today. West Indies steal a MASSIVE 11 runs off the over.
Some of these Caps Locks are not necessary.
44th over: West Indies 167-4 (Campbelle 37, Nation 24) Cross into her last and she should have a wicket for her efforts! Nation slashes her to short third where Anya Shrubsole is caught snoozing, is late to react and the ball winds up on the turf. That’s harsh luck for Cross who has bowled a gem of a spell there. 36 off her 1o overs.
43rd over: West Indies 162-4 (Campbelle 34, Nation 22) Nat Sciver comes back into the attack, a bit more intent shown from these two batters who manage to prise six runs from the over. They’ve six wickets in the hutch, must be time for a swing and a swish soon? Unless they know something I don’t. Which is more than likely.
42nd over: West Indies 156-4 (Campbelle 32, Nation 18) Kate Cross into her ninth, along with Ecclestone she has been fantastic at stifling this West Indies innings. She goes for just two runs off her penultimate over.
41st over: West Indies 154-4 (Campbelle 31, Nation 17) Ecclestone finishes her miserly spell and picks up figures of 3-20 off her ten. With four maidens. Great effort.
40th over: West Indies 152-4 (Campbelle 30, Nation 16) Cross is full and straight as per.A bit too straight, she zips one down the leg side and Amy Jones whips off the bails, they go upstairs to see if Nation tottered over and out of her ground but she’s safe. Ten to go. West Indies must be thinking about chancing their arm a bit soon? England have lots of overs from Nat Sciver up their sleeve.
39th over: West Indies 147-4 (Campbelle 29, Nation 14) A rare bad ball from Ecclestone as she spears a quick one down the leg side and again Jones has no chance of stopping it from making its merry way to the boundary. Right now it looks like the only way West Indies are going to pick up boundaries…
Eleven overs to go, can West Indies struggle up to posting something challenging here?
38th over: West Indies 138-4 (Campbelle 27, Nation 12) Kate Cross is back on and again it is just three from her over. Tidy.
37th over: West Indies 135-4 (Campbelle 24, Nation 12) Brilliant bowling from Ecclestone, she racks up another maiden over. Check out her figures: 8-4-9-3. Sensational.
36th over: West Indies 135-4 (Campbelle 24, Nation 12) West Indies still going nowhere, maybe they are stockpiling wickets for a bombardment in the final ten? Or maybe they are just struggling to rotate the strike in the face of some tidy bowling.
35th over: West Indies 132-4 (Campbelle 23, Nation 10) Brunt to continue and she serves up another wide. This is poor from Brunt who hasn’t looked in rythym all innings. It looks a bit blustery and that could be affecting her accuracy. Five off the over.
34th over: West Indies 127-4 (Campbelle 20, Nation 10) Five singles off Knight’s over.
33rd over: West Indies 122-4 (Campbelle 17, Nation 8) The pressure valve gives a little hiss as Brunt gets taken for 9 from her over. Brunt has not been at her best today, a wide down the leg side is followed by an even wilder wide that Jones has no chance of stopping. The skipper might be thinking of letting her take her sweater after that one.
32nd over: West Indies 113-4 (Campbelle 15, Nation 7) Campbelle takes Knight for a welcome boundary, lofting a full one confidently over the in field. Six from it in total.
31st over: West Indies 107-4 (Campbelle 10, Nation 6) The telly still keeps dropping in and out but never fear, I’ve got options coming out of my ears. Namely a radio and some other websites on a separate laptop tab that are helping hugely. We’ll muddle through. Brunt comes on to replace Ecclestone and there just a couple off it. West Indies digging in but going nowhere fast.
30th over: West Indies 105-4 (Campbelle 9, Nation 5) Just two runs off Knight from what I can gather. 30 overs done. We’ll have one more and then drinks. Hopefully the pictures sort themselves out soon otherwise I’ll be forced to get on the blower, “Rupes – sort it out son, it’s 18 quid a month for this.” This being sub poor lounge music and no moving pictures of cricket.
29th over: West Indies 103-4 (Campbelle 8, Nation 4) Ecclestone wiles her way through another. Just three off her seventh. The TV picture keeps dropping out forcing Sky to put up a holding screen and play some lounge music. Sorry stuff. Forgive me if things get a bit scrappy whilst I find and fire up a wireless.
28th over: West Indies 100-4 (Campbelle 8, Nation 1) Knight continues despite looking like she has a bit of a dodgy knee. She looks slightly laboured through her action and definitely a bit ginger between balls. Only two off it though as West Indies remain bogged down by that flurry of wickets.
WICKET! Knight ct Wyatt b Ecclestone 6
Knight smokes one to cover off Ecclestone and Wyatt holds on to the tracer bullet! A wicket maiden for England’s premier spinner who has 3-8 off her six overs so far. Chapeau Sophie.
27th over: West Indies 98-4 (Campbelle 7, Nation 0)
Heather Knight traps Campbelle on the crease and the umpire raises the finger! It is sent upstairs and ball tracking shows the ball hit her outside the line and so the decision is overturned. If England can get another couple here they could really start to get a strangle on this match.
25th over: West Indies 95-3 (Campbelle 7, Knight 3) Ecclestone whirls away and West Indies are really spluttering here, just three runs coming from the over.
23rd over: West Indies 91-3 (Campbelle 5, Knight 2) Ecclestone gets some bounce and has a spring in her step. Just two from it. Heather Knight is coming on for a twirl to replace Cross.
22nd over: West Indies 89-3 (Campbelle 4, Knight 1) Kycia Knight and Shemaine Campbelle are the two new batters still standing after the carnage. Kate Cross strays down the leg side a few times and then serves up a full bunger that Campbelle does not miss out on. Breath slowly being caught here, typing-fingers just getting loose. “Rocket ship grease down the cracks of my knuckles”.
Cross can take a lot of credit for those wickets, she kept a lit on the scoring and in the end the pressure told.
WICKET! Stafanie Taylor ct Jones b Ecclestone 0
Three wickets in the over! Stafanie Taylor gets a good one first up and tickles it to Jones who pouches gleefuly. It was coming and the game well and truly bubbled over in that over. 3-0 in five deliveries.
21st over: West Indies 81-3 (Campbelle 0, Knight 0)
WICKET! Dottin Run Out (Wyatt) 31
And another! Poor run and Wyatt dives in with a direct hit!
WICKET! Matthews ct Shrubsole b Ecclestone 45
Told ya! England have got one.
20th over: West Indies 81-0 (Dottin 31, Matthews 45) Cross reels off a maiden. Deandra is dottin’ big style here. Bet I’m the first to make that pun. Not even going to bother checking. I’ve said it before but something has got to give here. Was that a Jack Nicholson film? Promise I’ll check the emails soon. Bare with.
19th over: West Indies 81-0 (Dottin 31, Matthews 45) Ecclestone bowling nicely and she is tying down this destructive pair. Just a single to each off the over. Better from England, they are putting the smother on here.
18th over: West Indies 80-0 (Dottin 30, Matthews 44) Just a single off Cross, a missfield by Nat Sciver allowing the batters to trot through for one. It’s brewing.
17th over: West Indies 79-0 (Dottin 30, Matthews 43) Sophie Ecclestone to send down her lovely twirlers. And she starts with a very tidy maiden. Can sense the Windies batters are getting a smidge frustrated here, could be some lusty blows just around the corner. Or a wicket. Or something. Something will happen. You have my word on that.
16th over: West Indies 78-0 (Dottin 30, Matthews 43) ‘Many Rivers to Kate Cross’ with the last over before drinks and again England keep it buttoned up. Just a single off it. Time for a slurp. England have tightened up, but they needed to. Wonder if Heather Knight will give them a bit of a ticking off as they set about their Kia Ora.
15th over: West Indies 77-0 (Dottin 29, Matthews 43) Sciver again keeps it tight. England are just frustrating West Indies here, the last few overs have been more probing. Feels like summat’s gotta give soon…
14th over: West Indies 73-0 (Dottin 26, Matthews 42) Four runs off Cross’ next over, Amy Jones is stood up to the stumps as she does now to most of England’s bowlers, she is very tidy and displays some #Fasthands to whip the bails off but no dice. On we go.
13th over: West Indies 69-0 (Dottin 25, Matthews 40) Just two off Sciver who is keeping things in check at the other end.
12th over: West Indies 67-0 (Dottin 24, Matthews 39) Kate Cross comes into the attack and is bowling full and straight. DROP.Oh No!Another chance goes begging! Matthews bunts one straight back to Cross who snatches at it in her follow through and the ball ploops onto the turf, ungrasped. Two balls later and Matthews gets more on it, the ball sailing for six over the bowler’s head. Cross allows herself a wry smile.
11th over: West Indies 61-0 (Dottin 24, Matthews 33) Sciver calms things down at the other end, just three singles off it.
Fifty up for West Indies
For Zero wickets. Matthews decides to lay into Shrubsole’s full deliveries. Six over long on to start the over and then nails another for four down the ground. She takes a single and the Dottin launches the final ball of the over down the ground for four more. Ten overs are done and England can put a few out, they need to, and they need to break this dangerous partnership.
10th over: West Indies 58-0 (Dottin 23, Matthews 31)
9th over: West Indies 43-0 (Dottin 20, Matthews 19) An OBO scrawlers dream as Nat Sciver serves up a maiden first up. On the money with every delivery. Brunt bowled a lot of short stuff in her opening spell, Nasser is wondering on comms if it was a strategy… or just not very good bowling. I’m not sure, a wicket off that first (full) ball might have made a difference though.
8th over: West Indies 43-0 (Dottin 20, Matthews 19) Five dots from Shrubsole as the rain continues to fall lightly, Matthews plays another fantastic back foot punch off the final ball of the over to pick up four. Just that four from the over. It looks to me as if Nat Sciver is going to replace Brunt at the other end.
7th over: West Indies 39-0 (Dottin 19, Matthews 16) Drizzle is falling in Dunedin, but that is the least of England’s worries as Matthews hits Brunt for two fours, one pulled away through mid-wicket and the other a delicious back foot punch backward of cover. Brunt looks miffed and then serves up another leg-side wide. Maybe the ball is getting a tad imperial-leathery in these conditions? Ten off the over for West Indies.
6th over: West Indies 29-0 (Dottin 19, Matthews 8) Another drop! Off Shrubshole’s bowling and it is Matthew’s who gets a life this time! A much harder chance than the first it has to be said. Another leading edge goes swirling into the grey skies and Tammy Beaumont never looked likely, managing to get half a paw on the ball as it came down over her shoulder.
It was Winfield-Hill who put down the first chance. I’m not snitching, promise.
5th over: West Indies 22-0 (Dottin 16, Matthews 4) Brunt serves up a wide and then it’s double trouble as she knocks off the bails with her leg during her delivery stride – Dottin slaps the short ball away for four to the mid-wicket fence and and then scampers two from the resulting Free Hit. Brunt then gets out of the over well with three dots. England looking a bit flat after that first ball drop.
4th over: West Indies 14-0 (Dottin 9 , Matthews 4) Shrubsole bowls a tidy over, just the single off it. A bit all or nowt at the minute from West Indies.
2nd over: West Indies 11-0 (Dottin 9 , Matthews 2) Shrubsole with the new ball from the other end and she is bowling full, just a single each to Dottin and Matthews before the final ball of the over when Dottin decides it’s time for a wahoo over cow-corner and she plops another full ball onto the grass bank for SIX!
1st over: West Indies 3-0 (Dottin 2 , Matthews 1) Brunt has the new ball and she charges in under grey skies and DROP! First ball skier and it has gone down. Dottin gets a leading edge to Brunt’s very first ball, she tries to flick to leg but the ball just nibbles a smidge and it loops in the air to cover where it is grassed, I think by Winfield-Hill. I’ll confirm if she was indeed the guilty party. Dottin is then watchful, understandably. It is three off the first over.
We’ve had the anthems, Hayley Matthews and Deandra Dottin are shimmying across the turf to take guard. Let’s go!
WEST INDIES WIN THE TOSS AND WILL BAT FIRST
Both teams are unchanged from their last game, I’ll post all players in two tics.
Hello and welcome to the good ship OBO for this World Cup bout between Heather Knight’s England and Stafanie Taylor’s West Indies, coming to you LIVE* from Dunedin.
England have won the last five ODI meetings between these two sides but are fresh off another defeat to Australia. Albeit this time in a record-toppling match that went right down to the final over, thanks to a sublime chasing ton from Nat Sciver. Still, Australia prevailed at the last and England are in search of a win to get their campaign back on track, they currently have their paws on the silverware don’t forget.
Talking of final over drama… West Indies are probably still coming down after their smash ‘n’ grab defeat over hosts New Zealand in the tournament opener. Hayley Matthews scorched a century and bagged a brace of wickets, a POTM performance which helped squeak West Indies over the line.
With just six runs needed off the final over for New Zealand to win the game, Deandra Dottin snatched up the ball for her first (and only, obvs) over in the match. Dottin proceeded to dismiss both the two set batters (Katey Martin and Jess Kerr) and completed the victory by running out Hannah Rowe off the penultimate ball of the game. 1W1WW and what a finish.
Join us for what is hopefully more of the same. I’ll be back in a jiffy with news of the teams and the toss.
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*By way of my one-owner-from-new 12 year old LG TV in South London. Still counts. Still counts.