Megan Schutt ODI hat trick helped Australia to seal 3-0 ODI series with a clean sweep
Megan Schutt became the first Australian cricketer to make an ODI hat-trick in a pulsating eight-wicket victory over the West Indies in the third and final competition of a three-match series on Wednesday.
With this victory, Australia completed a 3-0 series sweep.
Schutt (24/3) dismissed Chinelle Henry, Karishma Ramharack and Afy Fletcher from the last three-ball of the 50th over since the hosts were expelled only at 180-runs at sir Vivian Richards Stadium. She is the eleventh cricketer who has achieved the feat.
Australia chased the target in 31.1 overs thanks to a half-century shot from starter Alyssa Healy (61 out of 32) and an undefeated 58 from Meg Lanning. Suitor Ellyse Perry, who previously took 1/18, scored 33 out.
The West Indies lost Reniece Boyce (1) in the second round after opting to bat first, hoping to finish the series with a win having lost the first two matches. Kyshona Knight and Britney Cooper repaired the initial damage, adding 41 runs to the second wicket. The promising positions broked when Cooper caught at 16-runs in the 17th over. Another decent partnership followed but was interrupted when Jess Jonassen (2/8) shot down a well-established Knight (40). From there, the wickets continued to fall regularly, and in 36th overs, the West Indies had 104/6 when Stacy-Ann King eliminated on the 12-runs.
Megan Schutt is also the first Australian woman to take a T20 hat trick.
However, Chinelle Henry (39) and Sheneta Grimmond (34) gave their team hope with the best innings association, 64-runs, taking the score to 168/6. Ashleigh Gardner (23/2) broke the association with Grimmond’s scalp before Schutt accelerated the end.
Australia sailed toward the target with Healy smashing 11 fours and a six at a dizzying start, adding 71 in 7.4 overs with Rachael Haynes (19) before getting out. Captain Lanning and Perry shared an uninterrupted 85-stroke position for the third wicket to take their team over the line.
Brief scores: Australian women 182/2 in 31.1 overs (Alyssa Healy 61, Meg Lanning 58*; Stafanie Taylor 1/25) vs West Indies women 180 in 50 overs (Kyshona Knight 40, Chinelle Henry 39; Megan Schutt 3/24, Jess Jonassen 2/8) for eight wickets