West Indies claimed their first Women’s World Twenty20 with a solid eight-wicket win over Australia in Kolkata.

Australia, seeking a fourth successive World T20 title, chose to bat and posted 148-5, with Elyse Villani making the first half century in a final.

But 18-year-old Windies opener Hayley Matthews hit a stunning 66 off 45 balls with three sixes, in a stand of 120.

The Windies won with three balls to spare.

For them this is a special wins as West Indies had lost all of their previous T20 internationals (eight in all) against Australia.

Villani (52) seized on some wayward full tosses to reach her fifty from 34 balls.

Australia skipper Meg Lanning hit three successive fours in her 52 and the elegant Ellyse Perry dispatched two glorious straight drives for six in a cameo 28.

Having fought back by conceding only a single from the final over they bowled, the Windies made a slow start to their reply, scoring three from the first two overs.

 An 18-year-old  opener Hayley Matthews hit a stunning 66 off 45 balls with three sixes

Hayley Kristen Matthews (born 19 March 1998) is a Barbadian sportswoman and has been playing international cricket for the West Indies as an all-rounder. Matthews made her debut for the Barbadian cricket team at the age of 12! More power to this woman.

Hayley Matthews by Jamaica Observer
Hayley Matthews by Jamaica Observer