West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor’s aggressive half-century and a four-wicket haul by Afy Fletcher led them to a comprehensive 64-run win over Ireland in the first of three T20 internationals here yesterday.
Taylor’s knock of 75 from 53 balls was the backbone of the Windies’ eventual total of 139 for four from their 20 overs, after winning the toss and choosing to bat.
But it was their disciplined bowling effort which paved the way for an emphatic victory.
Only Kim Garth, who topscored with 46, got into double digits, as Fletcher ran through the lower order to help dismiss Ireland for only 75, with eight balls left in the contest.
The home side got off to a horrible start when Gaby Lewis lost her wicket in the first over, bowled by Shamilia Connell.
Garth joined Mary Waldron at the crease and the two shared a 31-run stand for the second wicket, the largest partnership of their innings.
But when Waldron was run out by Fletcher for six Shauna Kavanagh went one run later, and she was quickly followed by Una Raymond-Hoey for a duck as Ireland slipped to 34 for four.