St Kitts: The West Indies sealed its place in the semi-finals after defeating reigning champion England by just two runs. Charlotte Edwards' side, chasing 123 runs for victory, lost its last nine wickets for 55 runs in 65 balls to finish at 120 for nine. The wickets were shared between Shermaine Campbelle (2-15), Deandra Dottin (2-31) and Anisa Mohammed (2-9), the latter being named Player of the Match.
"It feels great to win Player of the Match as the team needed a victory to reach the semi-finals. The batters did their job by putting 122 runs on the board and the bowlers needed to come good today. It feels great to have gotten the breakthrough for us go onto win the match and make the semis," said Mohammed.
England captain Charlotte Edwards was disappointed with her side's performance in the tournament and believed a lot of hard work was needed before the side takes on New Zealand this summer in England. She said: "The middle-order didn't compose itself well enough. The batters didn't take their time and just hit the ball around.
"A lot of credit has to go to the West Indies as I thought they bowled really well in periods and some loose shots means the pressure builds up in Twenty20 and time runs out in the end.
The host, put into bat, scored 122-8 in 20 overs with Britney Cooper the only batter of any significance, making 20 off 14 balls. Dottin, who in the side's previous match scored a century, departed for a first-ball duck.
England's Laura Marsh took 3-17 and Jenny Gunn 2-10.
As England took to the field in front of a crowd of around 1,000, Charlotte Edwards and Sarah Taylor wasted no time and clocked up 65 runs between them in nine overs before Edwards departed for 31 after being caught by Cordel Jack.
Sarah Taylor departed not long after that and only Lydia Greenway managed to make any runs of note, finishing the game on 26 not out.
Returning England player Claire Taylor once again failed to put runs on the board, this time departing for four after being by Stafanie Taylor off the bowling of Mohammed.
Not long after Dottin claimed the wickets of Beth Morgan and Jenny Gunn off consecutive balls and Laura Marsh began the demise of the tail four overs later after she lofted a ball from Campbelle to Pamela Lavine.
As the lower order continued England began to play erratically to chase down the target and despite Greenway's best efforts the side were left requiring four off the last ball of the final over - something that Juliana Nero was not going to allow as she ran out Katherine Brunt to seal victory for the host much to the appreciation of the home crowd.
West Indies women 122 for 8 (Nero 32, Marsh 3-17)
England women 120 for 9 (Taylor 33)
Result West Indies women won by two runs
MOM A Mohammed (West Indies Women)