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Dominant Australia thrash West Indies to claim women’s ODI series win

Fast bowler Annabel Sutherland starred as Australia belted West Indies by eight wickets to claim a one-day international series victory in the decisive third match at Junction Oval.

Australia rolled the tourists for 103 runs inside 32 overs on Saturday after Sutherland (3-23) engineered a collapse of 9-4 following the powerplay. West Indies’ total was the lowest posted in an ODI at Junction Oval, undercutting the 129 England’s women managed in February last year.

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In reply, Alyssa Healy (32) and Phoebe Litchfield (27) forged a 57-run opening partnership that got Australia halfway to their target before Ellyse Perry slogged a six from a free hit to win the game in the 16th over.

The win caps off a dominant white-ball series for Australia, who clinched the rain-affected three-match ODI leg 2-0 and the Twenty20 series 2-1.

Star opener Hayley Matthews was the only batter who consistently troubled the Australians in the T20s, so the hosts did well to keep her quiet after winning the toss and electing to bowl.

Matthews managed only 23 runs before being trapped lbw by Kim Garth (2-14) and, as has been the case all series, her teammates offered little help. Only Rashada Williams (25 off 71 balls) and quick Cherry-Ann Fraser (19) reached double figures of those who remained.

Having scored a whopping 310 runs in the T20 clashes, Matthews managed only a modest 43 in her two 50-over appearances, thwarted by Garth on both occasions. In the 12th over, Sutherland took a line-ball catch from her own bowling that sent West Indies into a tailspin.

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Sutherland appealed for a catch after Stafanie Taylor (four) played the ball into her right hand only centimetres from the ground as she followed through. The on-field umpire did not award the wicket initially, nor was the Australian slips cordon particularly enthusiastic in joining in Sutherland’s shout.

There was only one grainy camera angle of the catch available to third umpire Claire Polosak but she nevertheless dismissed Taylor, who was in disbelief as she walked off.

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Shemaine Campbelle (one) went in the next over despite West Indies’ player review casting doubt as to whether spinner Alana King (2-20) hit the pad or bat first. Sutherland trapped Chinelle Henry (one) and Aaliyah Alleyne (four) lbw in the space of three balls in the 14th over to leave West Indies in deep trouble.

Healy and Litchfield fell in back-to-back overs towards the end of Australia’s powerplay, both caught at much the same point at the edge of the 30-yard circle. But that was as good as it got for West Indies’ bowling unit, with Beth Mooney (11 not out) and Ellyse Perry (25no) cruising to the target with 34 overs remaining.

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Australia allrounder Ash Gardner hurt her thumb fielding early in the day but scans cleared her of damage and paved the way for her to line up with the Sydney Sixers in the Women’s Big Bash League from Thursday.