ICC Women's World Cup
Australia 205-2 beat West Indies 204 all out by eight wickets

WORLD champions Australia outclassed the West Indies in an eight-wicket win in the first of seven World Cup matches hosted by Taunton's County Ground.

In a repeat of the 2013 final, the Windies won the toss and elected to bat, making a solid start as Hayley Matthews (46), Chedean Nation (39), captain Stafanie Taylor (45) and Deandra Dottin (29) nudged their total up to 157-4.

But their final six wickets fell for a combined 23 runs, as they finished on 204 all out from 47.5 overs.

For Australia, Ellyse Perry took 3-47 off nine overs, Kristen Beams 2-30 off 10, and Jess Jonassen 2-39 off nine.

The Southern Stars' opening partnership ensured that the holders would open with victory, as they put on 171 before Beth Mooney fell for 70.

Fellow Nicole Bolton was undeterred, making an unbeaten 107 off 116 balls, as she and Perry took Australia across the finish line in 38.1 overs.

Australia's next match sees them take on Sri Lanka in Bristol (on Thursday, June 29), while the Windies will hope to fare better in their next outing against India, again in Taunton, again on June 29 (both 10.30am starts).