White Ferns complete Windies ODI sweep

BRENDON EGAN
Last updated 05:00 27/02/2014

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Felicity Leydon-Davis enjoyed a dream debut for the New Zealand women's cricket team as they completed a 3-0 one-day series sweep over the West Indies in Christchurch yesterday.

The 19-year-old Northern Districts medium-pacer took the impressive figures of five for 18 from 8.2 overs as New Zealand cruised to a 107-run win.

Chasing 222 for victory, the Windies could only muster 114, with Leydon-Davis ripping through their top order.

The West Indies would have been disappointed with their performances with the bat with only Shemaine Campbelle and Shanel Daley able to get past 20.

New Zealand reached 221 for eight from their 50 overs. They had wicketkeeper Rachel Priest to thank, with the Wellington representative scoring a rapid-fire 57 from 40 balls, to help get her side to a defendable total.

Tailenders Leydon-Davis and Morna Nielsen teamed up for a useful unbeaten ninth wicket stand of 20 in the closing stages, frustrating the Windies attack.

There were plenty of starts from the New Zealand batsmen, but no-one except Priest was able to kick on.

The 3-0 ODI series win was especially satisfying for the White Ferns after losing the corresponding series in the West Indies last October, 2-1.

Interim coach Warren Lees would have been thrilled with the efforts of the debutantes during the series with Leydon-Davis, Holly Huddleston and Canterbury's Hayley Jensen all making the most of their opportunities.

The White Ferns and Windies now turn their attention to the five-game Twenty20 series, which begins in Invercargill on Saturday.

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