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GROS ISLET, St Lucia – Vice-captain Shemaine Campbelle (shown batting below) pinched a single off the final ball of the game to hand West Indies Women Cricket Team an unnecessarily nervous two-wicket victory over Ireland Women in the opening Twenty20 International on Tuesday night.
In pursuit of a modest 113 at the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground, the hosts looked in control at 74 for three in the 15th over until four wickets – including that of top-scorer Hayley Matthews for 37 – tumbled for 30 runs in the space of 24 deliveries.
West Indies Women entered the final over needing seven to win and lost Shamilia Connell (1) to the third delivery, to further complicate the task.
They rode their luck when leg-spinner Cara Murray sent down a wide off what should have been the final delivery, the extra leveling the scores before Campbell saw her side over the line.