Charlie Dean and Lauren Bell sparkle again as England go 4-0 up

England Women 131 for 8 (Dunkley 35, Brunt 24*, Fraser 3-20, Grimmond 3-33) beat West Indies Women 82 (Matthews 23, Bell 4-12, Ecclestone 2-13, Dean 2-16) by 49 runs

For the fourth T20I in a row, West Indies were let down by their batting. And for a third straight game, they faltered while chasing. It means England lead the series 4-0 with one more game remaining on Sunday.

The West Indies bowlers set the game up nicely, restricting England to 131 for 8. It was a particularly impressive effort because England were primed for 160 or thereabouts at the halfway mark. But from 73 for 2, they lost three wickets for no runs in the space of four deliveries in the 11th over to allow West Indies a foot in the door.

Seamer Cherry-Ann Fraser did much of this damage, dismissing Sophia Dunkley, Maia Bouchier and Heather Knight. When offspinner Sheneta Grimmond dismissed Amy Jones in the 14th over, England were tottering at 82 for 6. Late cameos from Katherine Brunt and Charlie Dean, however, hauled them to 131 for 8. The pair added 44 for the ninth wicket to give England a score to defend.

Dunkley’s 35 was the top score for England, while Brunt made an unbeaten 20-ball 24 at No. 8. Nat Sciver and Jones couldn’t capitalise on starts, getting dismissed for 15 and 21 respectively, while Dean, batting at No. 9, made 20 before being run out off the last ball of the innings.

West Indies got off to a poor start, losing Aaliyah Alleyne and Rashada Williams in the first over to Lauren Bell. There was a semblance of a partnership between Hayley Matthews, the captain, and Shemaine Campbelle. The pair added 40 in just 4.3 overs to take the attack to England, before offspinner Dean sent back Campbelle.

That was the start of West Indies’ troubles against spin as Dean and Sophie Ecclestone went on to pick up three more wickets between them. Bell, who triggered the collapse up top, returned to close out the game with the wickets of Grimmond and Kaysia Schultz in the 16th over.

Bell and Dean ended the match joint-top of the series wicket charts, with nine each.

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