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While England and the West Indies played their first One Day International in 1979 the two sides have only met 21 times. Only four of those games were before 2005. The reasons behind the rare scheduling of these two teams is a shame. With much of the history of women’s cricket, these things will have been for less than straightforward reasons.

With both sides due to meet in a three-game ODI series that is followed shortly after by a T20I series we thought we would look back at some of the exciting and interesting games of the past between the two sides.

Shireoaks 1979 – West Indies won by 2 wickets

The North Nottinghamshire ground of Shireoaks isn’t a ground one would associate with an ODI but here it is. A noticeable result as well. With the second ODI washed out West Indies levelled the series with a 2-wicket win.

In a close game that was reduced to 50 overs from the standard 55 over game of the time, it would go down to the final over. England had won the toss and chose to bat. Edith Bakewell one of the all-time great allrounders top-scored for England with 57 as the hosts finished their innings on 167 for 6.

It was a debut to remember for Patricia Whittaker who captained West Indies to victory with 3 for 36 and 40 not out as West Indies won with 2 balls to spare.

Arundel Castle 1993 – England won by 4 wickets

As comparisons to grounds go there is a world of difference between Shireoaks and Arundel. This was England’s first fixture since the game at Shireoaks and in a World Cup year, the stakes were high.

England won by 4 wickets. West Indies batting first and were bowled out for 120. The wickets were shared around the England bowlers.

In reply, it took England 46.1 over to reach the target with Jan Brittin top scored with 46 and Jo Chamberlain with 34 not out ensured England won the game. They would eventually go on to win the World Cup beating New Zealand at Lord’s in the final.

Basseterre 2009 – England won by 13 runs – West Indies won by 1 wicket.

Two games in the space of three days proved some exciting results. They were the second and third games in a three-match series. West Indies had won the first game by 40 runs.

It was a must-win game for England in the second ODI. Having won the toss England batted first and scored 232 for 5 from their 50 overs. Ebony Rainford-Brent with 72 top-scored for England and with Jenny Gunn 57 added 100 for the second wicket. Stafanie Taylor 3 for 29 was the pick of the bowlers.

Pamela Lavine with 57 runs and a late order 29 from 11 balls from Deandra Dottin ensured West Indies had a chance of winning the series but two wickets from Charlotte Edwards ended the contest in a 13-run win for England.

West Indies won the series decider by 1 wicket. England again batted first but this time they could only make 176 for 9 from their 50 overs. Lydia Greenway with 61 top-scored for England. Tammy Beaumont with 19 not out batting at 10 helped England bat their full allocation.

While no West Indies batter scored more than Taylor with 43 at the top of the order top scored Dottin with 41 and 40 from Stacy-Ann King helped West Indies over the line by one wicket. Holly Colvin with 4 for 24 was the top performing bowler.

 Greenfields, Jamaica 2016 – England won by 5 runs

In a low scoring game, England won by five runs. Danni Wyatt was the top scorer in the whole game with 44 runs. Dottin with 3 for 21 the best of the bowlers for West Indies as they bowled England out for 149.

Dottin was then West Indies best batter with 27. Katherine Brunt and Alex Hartley with 3 wickets a piece bowled West Indies out for 144. There were five lbws in the West Indies innings to suggest that batting was not an easy task. If one of the West Indies batters had gone past 30 then they would have won the game comfortably.

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