Skipper Meg Lanning hailed her players after Australia opened its Women’s Cricket World Cup campaign against West Indies in ruthless fashion in Taunton.
The defending champions strolled to an eight-wicket win at The County Ground after rolling West Indies for 204 and cruised to their modest target with 11.5 overs to spare thanks to an opening stand of 171 between Nicole Bolton (103 not out) and Beth Mooney (70).
“We started off really well with the ball,” Lanning said.
“Although we didn’t get as many early wickets as we would have liked we were keeping them under control and then took wickets at crucial times.
“Bolton and Mooney really then set the tone there and put a good base together for us to chase down the total comfortably.
“I’m very happy with the start and I don’t think we could have asked for much more.”
Three wickets from Ellyse Perry contributed to the 2013 finalists being dismissed with 13 balls remaining in an excellent all-round display from the Australian bowlers.
The match started in chaotic fashion at the toss when West Indies skipper Stefanie Taylor called correctly and elected to bat…