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Women’s Cricket World Cup: England’s hopes of retaining trophy hanging in balance after shock West Indies defeat

England suffer fifth consecutive ODI loss with a thrilling seven-run defeat to the West Indies in Dunedin; Tammy Beaumont top-scores with 46 but they fall short in their chase of 226 despite Sophie Ecclestone taking three wickets in an over and scoring 33

Last Updated: 09/03/22 6:47am

West Indies celebrate their thrilling seven-run victory against England

England suffered their second straight defeat in the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup after losing to the West Indies by seven runs in a Dunedin thriller.

Defending champions England have now lost back-to-back matches following their 12-run defeat at the hands of Australia in their tournament opener on Saturday.

Kate Cross and Sophie Ecclestone put on a ninth-wicket stand of 61, only for Cross to be run out, and with nine left to win, Anya Shrubsole was bowled by Anisa Mohammed to give the West Indies a famous win.

This damaging defeat has left England’s defence of the trophy they won in 2017 hanging in the balance with a huge game against South Africa coming up next Monday in their hopes of retaining the title.

Danni Wyatt brilliantly runs out West Indies' Deandra Dottin

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Danni Wyatt brilliantly runs out West Indies’ Deandra Dottin

Danni Wyatt brilliantly runs out West Indies’ Deandra Dottin

England’s World Cup fixtures – All live on Sky Sports (times GMT)

Opponent Location Timings / Result
Australia Hamilton Lost by 12 runs
West Indies Dunedin Lost by 7 runs
South Africa Mount Maunganui March 14 at 10pm
India Mount Maunganui March 16 at 1am
New Zealand Auckland March 19 at 10pm
Pakistan Christchurch March 24 at 1am
Bangladesh Wellington March 26 at 10pm

England captain Heather Knight rued a lack of late runs for their defeat as well as dropped catches – five in total.

“They batted outstandingly at the start on a good wicket. But we clawed it back brilliantly, Sophie Ecclestone and Kate Cross were outstanding in that middle period,” she told Sky Sports.

“We felt like we were in a good position but the last six or seven overs went for too many today.

“The fielding performance wasn’t us. We’re not too concerned, there’s a bit of frustrating but there’s a lot of we could’ve done differently there. We’ve got to be better as a fielding group.

“It was a good wicket, but at halfway we thought they had a below-par score. We got a few good partnerships together but clusters of wickets cost us.

“I want the girls to keep that attacking mindset but we just need to be more clinical with the execution.

“Sophie has worked so hard on her batting, she’s a proper batter and she got us into a really good position with Kate Cross.”

Group Stage – Standings

Played Won Lost Points
1. Australia 2 2 0 4
2. West Indies 2 2 0 4
3. India 1 1 0 2
4. South Africa 1 1 0 2
5. New Zealand 2 1 1 2
6. England 2 0 2 0
7. Bangladesh 2 0 2 0
8. Pakistan 2 0 2 0

West Indies, who stunned hosts New Zealand in their opener, have moved in a strong position to make the semi-finals.

Watch every game of the Women’s Cricket World Cup live on Sky Sports World Cup, with England’s meeting with the West Indies live from 9.30pm on Tuesday evening.

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