England beat West Indies by eight wickets in the T20 opener

England beat West Indies by eight wickets in their first T20 international at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua.

West Indies took all 20 overs to finish 105 for seven, with the visitors taking only until the 13th at North Sound to reach 106 for the loss of just two.

Sophia Dunkley and Lauren Winfield-Hill were run out for 25 and 15 points, respectively, while Danni Wyatt collected six boundaries en route to a high score of the day with 59 not out.

England, who had secured a clean sweep of victories in the three-match ODI series, won the toss and were elected to field.

Lauren Bell claimed her first T20 international wicket when she bowled Aaliyah Alleyne open for two with the final delivery of the second.

Bell then caught Kycia Knight off Natalie Sciver for a two ball duck before captain Hayley Matthews bowled off Katherine Brunt as she attempted a reverse sweep over the stumps to leave West Indies at 19 for three.

Djenaba Joseph – making her senior team debut following promotion from the under-19 team – was blocked by Amy Jones and Rashada Williams’ quick 23 from 26 was cut short when she was run out by Wyatt.

Bell claimed another wicket with her next delivery as Shemaine Campbelle (10) was caught by Winfield-Hill, the hosts reduced to 60 for six in the 13th over.

After finally pushing the backboard, Shabika Gajnabi (13) became Bell’s third victim when she was caught by Sciver.

Chinelle Henry’s unbeaten quick 21 and Afy Fletcher’s eight helped the West Indies to 105 at the change of innings.

After the visitors’ victory, Wyatt said his team wanted to start the series “with a bang.”

“Lauren Bell and Katherine Brunt really set the tone there with the ball,” said the England batsman.

“The girl plays exceptionally well under the lights. We talked about playing with intent, being brave and fun and that’s what we did with the bat too.”

Wyatt added, “We are super excited to be coming to Barbados! We obviously loved our time here in Antigua, being on the same pitch for all four games made batting out there a bit difficult, but we’ve found a way and it’s just a matter of choosing the bowlers you want to knock down and have only good intent other than supporting yourself and that’s what we did tonight.

England had secured a clean sweep of victories in the three match ODI series

Teen all-rounder Freya Kemp has been ruled out of five T20 matches with a back problem.

The second match of the T20 will be Wednesday at the Kensington Oval in Barbados.

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