ICC Women's World Cup - group match

New Zealand 151-2 beat West Indies 150 by eight wickets

THE West Indies' nightmare Women's World Cup campaign continued as they were thumped by New Zealand at the County Ground in Taunton.

The batting was a slight improvement on Sunday's 48 all out against South Africa, but their total of 150 never looked like being enough against a strong New Zealand side, who passed the target for the loss of just two wickets thanks largely to Rachel Priest's 55-ball 90.

Perhaps wishing to exploit the frail Windies batters, New Zealand opted to bowl upon winning the toss and were quickly into their stride as Lea Tahuhu dismissed openers Hayley Matthews and Kcyia Knight early to leave the Caribbean side on 10-2.

Captain Stafanie Taylor rebuilt briefly with Chedean Nation, but the familiar problems resurfaced as three wickets were lost with the score on 53.

Taylor was the first of those to fall, trapped lbw by Leigh Kasparek, who then had Deandra Dottin caught and bowled with her very next delivery as Dottin recorded her second consecutive duck.

Nation was then caught by Amy Satterthwaite from the bowling of Ameila Kerr, leaving Merissa Aguillera and Kyshona Knight to try and repair the damage.

Aguillera played some impressive shots on her way to 20 before being stumped to provide Kasparek with her third wicket - the opening bowler finished with excellent figures of 3-17 from 10 overs, including a remarkable six maidens.

Knight was proving harder to dismiss, hitting seven boundaries, but her resistance was ended on 41 and New Zealand wrapped up the tail to dismiss their opponents for 150.

The White Ferns wasted no time in reply, and Rachel Priest set the tone with three boundaries in the second over of the innings as New Zealand raced to 20-0.

The onslaught showed no sign of letting up, with Priest in particularly brutal form - she moved from 35 to 51 in the space of four deliveries in the ninth over to bring up a 29-ball half-century.

Suize Bates was playing a supporting role, but the skipper showed her own quality with a boundary off the bowling of Daley to take New Zealand over halfway to their target in just 9.3 overs.

Priest took 16 from the next over, though she was dropped at mid-off in the process, and the opener missed out on a century after lofting Mohammed to Daley at extra cover.

Sophie Devine made just 4 before being bowled by Taylor, but Katey Martin joined Bates (39*) to see the run chase over the line with a whopping 32.4 overs to spare.

New Zealand rise to fourth as a result of the victory, with the West Indies' participation in the tournament all but over after another shocking day at the office.