Following their efforts in the recently-cancelled Women’s World Cup Qualifiers, West Indies skipper Stafanie Taylor and opener Hayley Matthews both improved in the women’s ODI rankings. After helping West Indies to a six-wicket victory over Ireland in Harare, Taylor went up to ninth in the women’s batting rankings while maintaining her fourth place in the all-rounder rankings. In the meantime, Matthews has ascended to joint-eighth place in the allrounder standings.

Taylor helped the West Indies win last week with both bat and ball, grabbing the important wicket of Eimear Richardson on her way to 2 for 15, then scoring an unbeaten 54-ball 41 to drive a 160-run chase. That performance earned her 676 batting ranking points and 319 all-rounder ranking points, placing her fourth behind Marizanne Kapp (384), Natalie Sciver (372) and Ellyse Perry (365).

Matthews bowled 10-3-20-2 in the same game, dismissing Ireland captain Laura Delany and Orla Prendergast in a single over. She finished the game with a career-high 272 ranking points in the allrounder list, tied for eighth place with Katherine Brunt and Jess Jonassen.

Despite losing by 114 runs to Pakistan, a few of Zimbabwe players have risen in the rankings. Sharne Mayers (+24), Francisca Chipare (+14), and Loreen Tshuma (+18) all improved their rankings in bowling. Sadia Iqbal (+14), Fatima Sana (+16), and Anam Amin (+8) were the most successful for Pakistan, taking eight of the ten Zimbabwe wickets between them.

The women’s ODI World Cup qualifier in Zimbabwe was called off on Saturday after travel restrictions were enforced across most of southern Africa in response to the discovery of a new Covid-19 strain known as Omicron in the region.