England Women outmuscle West Indies for clean sweep

England Women’s dominant ways continued in yet another rain-truncated fixture, as they wrapped up the three-match series 3-0 on the back of a stupendous batting performance, that gave them a 135-run victory.
In the two wins before – by 208 runs and 121 runs – England had early victory at the toss that allowed them to set daunting targets for West Indies. On Thursday, West Indies took the gamble of bowling first after winning the toss – perhaps owing to overcast conditions – and paid a hefty price.
England were buoyed by a solid start from the top-three batters – Amy Ellen Jones (80 off 83 balls), Tammy Beaumont (46 off 54 balls) and Sarah Taylor (70 off 61 balls), before Heather Knight’s whirlwind cameo nudged England higher than they’d have expected to go. England had ambled along smoothly to 109 for 1 in 20 overs, from where they began to pick up pace. Through the 20s, Jones and Taylor solidified England, helping the side to 173 after 30 overs – collecting 64 runs in 10 overs.
Jones fell in the 30th over, bringing Danielle Wyatt to the middle. The right-hander lasted just 13 balls for her 12, but when she fell, out came Knight to a fairly set batting platform, and shookthe innings up a little.
No time ws wasted as she took on pacer Shamilia Connell straightaway in the 35th over, before proceeding to hit 21 runs off her in the 38th – a blitz that pushed England towards a massive total. England ended their quota of overs at 258 for 4, with as many as 85 runs coming off the last nine. West Indies’ woes were further compounded by the fact that the game was rain-hit and their adjusted target in 39 overs was 267.As it turned out, England’s superlative batting effort was way out of reach of the West Indies batters, as they folded for less than half the target they were asked to chase. The series has been about abysmal batting performances for them – 110 in the first ODI and 87 all-out in the second, and not much changed in the dead-rubber either. Seven batters endured single-digit scores, while being kept temporarily afloat through the efforts of Kycia Knight and Stacy-Ann King.But even their efforts – 38 and 26 respectively – was too little in West Indies’ approach to the daunting target ahead of them. They eventually folded for 131.