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Thursday, 22 November 2018

Aussies thrash Windies to make World T20 final


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A stellar performance by Alyssa Healy has helped Australia defeat the West Indies to make the Women's World T20 final for the fifth-straight time.

Australia had a dominant 71-run victory against the home side in Antigua, much to the despair of the locals who had been given a public holiday to watch the match.

The Aussies will now face either India or England, with the other semi-final to be held later today. 

Wearing new eyeglasses for the first time, player-of-the-match Healy returned from a scary concussion last week to score a team-high 46 off 38 balls, caught out just short of her half-century. But a steadier batting display from the entire team helped the Australians reach a respectable 5-142 after 20 overs. 

She then backed it up with three dismissals with the gloves, including a nifty run-out of Hayley Matthews (5).

Ellyse Perry did damage to the West Indies' top order, as the hosts were dismissed for just 71 at sold-out Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. 

Skipper Stefanie Taylor (16 off 28) was the only Windies player to reach double figures before Sophie Molineux (1-14) had her caught, while Delissa Kimmince (2-17) and Ashleigh Gardner (2-15) claimed two wickets each.

After the match the West Indies players were visibly distraught, in tears.

"It all caved in for them," cricket legend Ian Healy told Wide World of Sports.

"The fact that they were so despondent after their loss, meant that the crowd and the adulation they'd received making the semi-final and the half-day holiday granted, became too much for them. They've got wonderful passion for the game and it was just a bit much for their cricket ability against Australia today.

"They were underdone today and they capitulated."

Healy leads the way with the bat

Healy praised the Aussies for their improved batting efforts, led by his niece Alyssa. 

"Our top order had to make some adjustments to their normal game. Alyssa did that really well then Meg Lanning (31 off 39) had a good 51-run partnership with her too," Healy said.

"They did a lot of thinking, not just going for the big shots, they stayed in and then each batter after that, Ash Gardner (14 off 10) and Rachel Haynes (25 not out), they too showed off some great shots. 

"They got a total which was very handy to defend."

Healy getting used to new glasses

The only blemish for the visitors was a drop by Perry late in the match which would have ended it sooner, and some expensive bowling by Megan Schutt.

Healy was confident the Aussies would remedy those issues before the final though.

"There's no better athlete than Ellyse Perry to address that, but that's not as big a problem as the first over from Megan Schutt going for 10," he said.

"That can put the team under pressure.

"They need to address not losing wickets up the top of the order and making sure those first couple of overs get you off on the right foot."

- with AAP

A stellar performance by Alyssa Healy has helped Australia defeat the West Indies to make the Women's World T20 final for the fifth-straight time.

Australia had a dominant 71-run victory against the home side in Antigua, much to the despair of the locals who had been given a public holiday to watch the match.

The Aussies will now face either India or England, with the other semi-final to be held later today. 

Wearing new eyeglasses for the first time, player-of-the-match Healy returned from a scary concussion last week to score a team-high 46 off 38 balls, caught out just short of her half-century. But a steadier batting display from the entire team helped the Australians reach a respectable 5-142 after 20 overs. 

She then backed it up with three dismissals with the gloves, including a nifty run-out of Hayley Matthews (5).

Ellyse Perry did damage to the West Indies' top order, as the hosts were dismissed for just 71 at sold-out Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. 

Skipper Stefanie Taylor (16 off 28) was the only Windies player to reach double figures before Sophie Molineux (1-14) had her caught, while Delissa Kimmince (2-17) and Ashleigh Gardner (2-15) claimed two wickets each.

After the match the West Indies players were visibly distraught, in tears.

"It all caved in for them," cricket legend Ian Healy told Wide World of Sports.

"The fact that they were so despondent after their loss, meant that the crowd and the adulation they'd received making the semi-final and the half-day holiday granted, became too much for them. They've got wonderful passion for the game and it was just a bit much for their cricket ability against Australia today.

"They were underdone today and they capitulated."

Healy leads the way with the bat

Healy praised the Aussies for their improved batting efforts, led by his niece Alyssa. 

"Our top order had to make some adjustments to their normal game. Alyssa did that really well then Meg Lanning (31 off 39) had a good 51-run partnership with her too," Healy said.

"They did a lot of thinking, not just going for the big shots, they stayed in and then each batter after that, Ash Gardner (14 off 10) and Rachel Haynes (25 not out), they too showed off some great shots. 

"They got a total which was very handy to defend."

Healy getting used to new glasses

The only blemish for the visitors was a drop by Perry late in the match which would have ended it sooner, and some expensive bowling by Megan Schutt.

Healy was confident the Aussies would remedy those issues before the final though.

"There's no better athlete than Ellyse Perry to address that, but that's not as big a problem as the first over from Megan Schutt going for 10," he said.

"That can put the team under pressure.

"They need to address not losing wickets up the top of the order and making sure those first couple of overs get you off on the right foot."

- with AAP

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