Day 1: WICB Women’s Regional Super50

women's regional           (Photo Courtesy: West Indies Cricket Board)

Day one of the 2017 WICB Women’s Regional Super50 being held in St. Vincent and the Grenadines didn’t start according to plan for several reasons. Issues like water-logged fields, rain-delays and defeat for defending champs Trinidad & Tobago Divas, were some of the said reasons. Three games were supposed to have been played on the opening day, T&T vs Barbados, Windward Islands vs Guyana and Jamaica vs Leeward Islands. Two of those fixtures had results as Jamaica vs Leewards was abandoned due to the water logged outfield.

The T&T vs Barbados game had a late start also due to weather conditions resulting in a reduced over match, 46 per side. Barbados won the toss and elected to bowl first which proved to be a good decision as Felicia Walters was the first to go for 10 with the T&T score on 17. Rachel Vincent was joined by West Indies veteran Britney Cooper, they then started the rebuild of the Divas innings. With the score doubled and now 36, Vincent was trapped LBW to Deandra Dottin for 12. Cooper was then joined by another West Indies veteran, Stacy Ann King, who had the worst start she could have wanted to the tournament. King fell for a duck, when Dottin had her caught behind by half of the Knight twins, Kycia.

T&T Captain Merissa Aguilleira then joined Cooper in the middle and they got the Divas scoreboard ticking over. This pair had a partnership of 45 before Cooper fell to Hayley Matthews for 52. T&T now 81/4. Shenelle Lord posted a 2 ball 0 followed by Lee Ann Kirby with a first ball 0 and Reniece Boyce in exact fashion. Aaliyah Alleyne and Matthews accounted for this havoc. T&T were reeling now at 82/7 in the 27th over.But Captain Aguilleira found an able partner to steady the sinking ship in Anisa Mohammed. This partnership put on 47 runs before Mohammed was run out for 17 in the 41st over, then Hayley Matthews bowled Aguilleira for 25 in the 42nd over. T&T now 130/9. Caneisha Isaac on debut, made 1 before she was run out by Kyshona Knight still in 42nd over. T&T all out for 131 in 42 overs. T&T had FOUR batters who did not score a run.

Hayley Matthews had the best bowling figures for Barbados with 10-3-24-4, next best was Deandra Dottin with 6-0-19-2. Shamilia Connell and Keila Elliot had one wicket each.

T&T might have thought they had a chance for victory despite their less than solid total. Debutant Caneisha Isaac had Kycia Knight caught by Karishma Ramharack in the third over for 1 with the score on 3. 14 runs later, Kirby picked up the big wicket of Hayley Matthews caught behind for 6. Barbados now 17/2. But that was where the game slipped away from T&T, as Deandra Dottin joined Kyshona Knight at the wicket and they clobbered the Divas bowling. The pair put on 65 before Dottin was caught and bowled by Mohammed for 26 which included 4 fours. Charlene Taitt then joined with Knight to take the Barbadians home, as Knight was the aggressor. Mohammed also accounted for Knight’s wicket when she trapped her LBW for an unbeaten 56 which included 4 fours and a six. Barbados now 113/4 in the 34th over.

By this time the Barbadians were cruising to victory as Aaliyah Alleyne added 9 with Taitt’s 19 to take their team to victory in 37.1 overs. Barbados finishing on 132/4, winning by 6 wickets. Anisa Mohammed finished with 2 wickets followed by Kirby and Isaac with one each.

women's regional         (Photo Courtesy: West Indies Cricket Board)

In the other match between Guyana and the Windward Islands. The Windwards won the toss and sent the Guyanese in to bat first. June Olge with 37 inclusive of 2 fours and West Indies player Shamaine Campbell 26 inclusive of 3 fours, helped Guyana reach 131/9 from their 50 overs. Akeria Peters, Swayline Williams and West Indies player Afi Fletcher took 2 wickets a piece, with Quiana Joseph and Holly Charles taking one each.

The Windwards made easy work of the target thanks to Cordel Jack who hit 8 fours on her way to an unbeaten 41 in taking her team to victory. Afi Fletcher was next best with 24 followed by Quiana Joseph with 16. The Windward Islands won, reaching their target of 132 in 34.1 overs

Bowling for Guyana, Erva Giddings took 2 wickets followed by one each for Akaze Thompson, Kaysia Shultz and June Ogle.

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