When one or more of Stafanie Taylor, Deandra Dottin and Hayley Matthews sparkles, the Windies shone bright, but faltered otherwise.
It started with a win on the opening day of the ICC Women’s World T20 2018, Dottin’s fantastic 5/5 bowling Bangladesh out for 46 in reply to the hosts’ modest 106/8.
The batting didn’t pick up in the next game either, with the Windies putting up only 107/7, but Taylor led the bowling show this time with 4/12 to shut South Africa out by 31 runs.
On to Sri Lanka, and this time the big three all fired – Matthews slammed 62, and later picked up 3/16, Dottin hit 49 and Taylor 41 as they put up 187/5; Sri Lanka only managed 104 in reply.
Dottin was again the star of the show with 2/21 and a 52-ball 46 – and Shemaine Campbelle chipped in with a 42-ball 45 – as the Windies made it four in dour with a four-wicket win over England.
The opponents in the semi-final were three-time champions Australia, the team the Windies had beaten to win the crown in 2016. This time, it wasn’t to be, as Australia first put up 142/5 and then rolled the Windies over for 71.
Positives to take home
The performance of Dottin, Taylor and Matthews, three of the top five all-rounders in the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s T20I Rankings for All-rounders shone the brightest.
Campbelle’s knock against England was a good one too, while Kycia Knight with the bat and Shakera Selman with the ball held their own, and the team’s outfielding was excellent for the most part, led by the irrepressible Dottin.
Areas to improve
The Windies couldn’t quite get going when one of their stalwarts didn’t take the lead with the bat.
The first two group matches, for example, when they put up moderate totals when Taylor, Dottin or Matthews didn’t get runs. Ditto for the performance in the semi-final, when they could have made a better fist of a solid but not unachievable total. They desperately need the next tier of players to put their hands up.
Dottin, the effervescent 27-year-old all-rounder, proved once again why she is one of the most valuable players in the world, topping the charts for both runs and wickets for the Windies.
Dottin won the Windies one game – against Bangladesh – and put in big contributions in the wins over Sri Lanka and England, finishing with 121 runs and 10 wickets. A little more support, and she might have swung more games the Windies’ way.