Beth Mooney took an incredible catch and dismissed West Indies batter, Rashada Williams, during the semifinal match between Australia and West Indies at the ICC Women’s World Cup on Wednesday at the Basin Reserve Wellington.
In the fourth over, Rashada Williams had to head back to the dressing room. Seamer Megan Schutt bowled a short ball and Williams pulled it towards the square leg. But Beth Mooney outstretched her arm and dived to her right and grabbed the ball with one hand. This catch was Beth Mooney’s seventh in the tournament and most by a non-wicketkeeper in the World Cup.
You can watch the catch here:
For the first time, Australia enters the finals since the 2013 World Cup
Australia won the toss and decided to bat first. They scored a mammoth 305/3 runs in the 45th over because after which, rain-affected the fixture. Alyssa Healy struck a great 129 and stand-in with Rachael Haynes in a 216-run opening partnership. Healy waited for 12 overs before exploding.
‘It wasn’t a flat wicket by any means…it was a bit tennis ball-y early,’ Healy said. ‘We knew if we invested a bit of time-as cliched as that sounds-we’d be able to cash in and we were able to do just that.’
In response, West Indies were never in the contest seriously as their score read 148 after 37 overs with two batters unable to bat. Opener For the first time since 2013, Australia registered the win and stormed into the finals after eight-straight wins.
Aussie captain Meg Lanning said: “I’ve been involved in some every stressful semi-finals in the past. We can be very satisfied with today’s performance in a big game up against a very dangerous team.’