An unbeaten century from Nicole Bolton steered the Australian Women’s Cricket Team to a comprehensive eight-wicket win against the West Indies in their opening match of the ICC Women’s World Cup at the County Ground in Taunton today.
After bowling the West Indies out for 204, Australian openers Bolton (107*) and Beth Mooney (70) put on a dominant display with the bat, reaching 171 before the latter was dismissed by Stafanie Taylor in the 31st over.
Bolton carried on unfazed, reaching her third ODI half-century and with the help of Meg Lanning (12) and Ellyse Perry (5*), saw her side home with over 10 overs remaining.
Having lost the toss and been sent in to bowl earlier in the day, Australia showed good patience with the ball to restrict the West Indies to 2-92 after 25 overs.
Hayley Matthews (46), Chedean Nation (39), Taylor (45) and Deandra Dottin (29) all fought hard for the West Indies, but disciplined bowling from Perry (3-47), Kristen Beams (2-30), Jess Jonassen (2-39) and Megan Schutt (1-22) ensured that wickets continued to fall.