England won the toss and chose to bat vs West Indies
England won the toss and elected to bat first in the penultimate match of the five-game series against West Indies at Derby’s Incora County Ground.
England hold an unassailable 3-0 lead, having won their first two encounters by 47 runs, although West Indies may be boosted by the narrower margin of defeat in the third match, in which the hosts set up their 20-run victory with Nat Sciver’s 82 from 61 and sealed it with another disciplined showing from their bowlers.
Deandra Dottin scored her second half-century in three appearances during the last match and, encouragingly for West Indies, bowled for the first time in the series as she stepped up her comeback from shoulder surgery, sending down three overs and claiming two wickets.
England have made one change, bringing in Sophia Dunkley for Fran Wilson.
Heather Knight, the England captain, said her side were targeting a 5-0 series result and that the Dunkley had performed well in the intra-squad warm-up matches. Dunkley also enjoyed good form during the early rounds of the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy.
“We want to see what Dunks is capable of in the No.6 role,” Knight said of Dunkley, who played the last of her 10 T20Is against Sri Lanka in Colombo in March 2019.
West Indies have rung in the changes, bringing in Karishma Ramharack, Shabika Gajnabi and Aaliyah Alleyne for Afy Fletcher, Chinelle Henry and Shakera Selman.
Captain Stafanie Taylor said, with the series already lost, West Indies wanted to give some more inexperienced players some exposure. “We thought we had some young players we wanted to highlight as well,” Taylor told Sky Sports. “There’s no point having young players here and not showcasing them.”
Play was set to begin in cool, clear conditions.
England: 1 Danni Wyatt, 2 Tammy Beaumont, 3 Nat Sciver, 4 Heather Knight (capt), 5 Amy Jones (wk), 6 Sophia Dunkley, 7 Katherine Brunt, 8 Mady Villiers, 9 Sarah Glenn, 10 Sophie Ecclestone, 11 Anya Schrubsole.
West Indies: 1 Deandra Dottin, 2 Lee-Ann Kirby, 3 Shemaine Campbelle (wk), 4 Hayley Matthews, 5 Chedean Nation, 6 Stafanie Taylor (capt), 7 Aaliyah Alleyne, 8 Sheneta Grimmond, 9 Shabika Gajnabi, 10 Karishma Ramharack, 11 Shamilia Connell
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