There’s the age old adage that “Fortune favours the brave”. In this case, the Leeward Islands took the brave and bold decision to bat first, after winning the toss against the defending champions Trinidad & Tobago Divas, in the WICB’s Women’s Regional Super50 Round 3 match.
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Kiaye Hanley was the first batter to fall for 0 with the score on 8 when she sent one straight to Felicia Walters from the bowling of Lee Ann Kirby. 11 runs later in the 5th over, Eldora Sylvester became the first of Anisa Mohammed’s 4 wickets when she was caught by Shenelle Lord for 11. Amanda Edwards became victim #2 for Mohammed scoring 1 off 8 balls. Saneldo Willett was one of 4 batters to reach double figures but she fell for 12, run out by Stacy Ann King. The score now 31/4 in the 11th over. Then the Leewards highest partnership happened between Jenisen Richards and Shawnisha Hector, who put on 18 before Caneisha Isaac broke the mojo of the pair. First she bagged the wicket of Hector for 12, then Richards for 13. In between those two wickets, Anisa Mohammed picked up her third when she bowled Rozel Liburd for 4. The Leeward Islands now 59/7.
It was officially downhill from there as the remaining 3 wickets fell for 17 runs. Karishma Ramharack picked up Dawn-Marie Armstrong and Tynetta McKoy for 4 each. And Anisa Mohammed wrapped up the Leeward Innings, when she bowled Davanna Claxton for a duck. Leeward Islands all out for 76 in 28.3 overs. Mohammed finished with figures of 8.3-4-18-4, Ramharack 6-3-10-2, Isaac 8-1-26-2 and Kirby 3-1-10-1.
Felicia Walters continued her solid opening performance but her opening partner Reniece Boyce who replaced the under-preforming Rachel Vincent, could only muster 4 runs before Dawn-Marie Armstrong had her caught. T&T 7/1. Britney Cooper showed why she’s one of the most experienced players in the tournament and region. She hit a quickfire 27, which included 3 fours and a six before Amanda Edwards accounted for her wicket. T&T 57/2 in the 9th over and cruising to victory. Stacy Ann King strode to the crease and together with Walters took the Red Force Divas to the target of 77 in 10.4 overs. King finished on 19 not out which included 4 fours and Walters 18 not out, inclusive of 3 fours. Making it two victories out of three matches for the defending Champions.
Anisa Mohammed for her 4 wickets was Player of the Match.
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In another match played simultaneously, Barbados and Guyana clashed at Park Hill Playing Field. Guyana won the toss and asked the Bajans to take first strike. They lost Kycia Knight with the score on 15 when she was bowled by Subrina Monroe in the 6th over for 6. Hayley Matthews was then joined by Reshelle Griffith and they doubled the score before Griffith on 11 became Munroe’s 2nd wicket. Deandra Dottin joined her West Indies teamamte Matthews and the pair partnered for 31 runs before Tremayne Smartt picked up Matthews’ wicket for 20 runs. Plaffiana Millington then picked up new batter Charlene Taitt for 1. Barbados now 62/4 in the 22nd over. Aaliyah Alleyne and Rashida Goring did nothing to impress upon the Bajan score as they fell for 5 and 0 respectively. Barbados 73/5. That’s when Shakera Selman and Dottin paired up to give the Bajans their highest partnership of 41 runs before Dottin fell for an unbeaten 47 which included 5 fours and a 6. Shamilia Connell made 7, Keila Elliott 1 and Shanna Thompson 0, leaving Selman on 30 not out.
Barbados’ Innings ended on 145 all out in 44.3 overs. Tremayne Smartt had figures of 10-2-15-3. Followed by Giddings and Munroe with 2 wickets each and Thompson, Millington and Shultz 1 wicket each.
Guyana reached 19 before they lost their first wicket. June Ogle was bowled by Shamilia Connell for 10. Then it became 24/2 when Katana Mentore fell to Hayley Matthews for 8. Shamaine Campbelle and Lashuna Toussaint partnered for 26 runs before Toussaint fell for 9 with the score on 50. It was then steady progress of wickets as Campbelle fell for a hard-fought 25 with the score on 72. Tremayne Smartt was the only other batter to reach double figures, scoring 16. With the score on 104 Guyana lost their last four wickets. Handing Barbados victory by 42 runs.
Shamilia Connell ended with figures of 8-1-16-4 while Aaliyah Alleyne 7.4-2-13-3. Deandra Dottin was Player of the Match for her unbeaten 47.
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Certainly last but not least and perhaps the most shocking, was Jamaica’s second consecutive loss of the tournament after their first match was abandoned because of a wet outfield. Coming up against the Windward Islands in this third round match, the Jamaicans were sent in to bat first after the Windwards won the toss. The highest score from the Jamaicans was 14 from Rashada Williams followed by 13 from Karla Cohen. Stafanie Taylor’s poor run form continued as she could only muster 6 and it seems that her team fails to post any kind of challenging total if she doesn’t heavily contribute. It was the Afy Fletcher show, as she was a bowling force to be reckoned with. Fletcher took 7 of the 10 Jamaican wickets to fall, making it the most by any one player in this year’s tournament.
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Jamaica all out for 84 in 35.2 overs. Fletcher finished with 9.2-1.13.7. With four other bowlers taking 1 wicket each.
In their turn at the crease, Fletcher returned to star with the bat as she made 23, equaled by Swayline Williams as the wickets fell around them. The Windwards reached victory finishing on 85/8 in 36.2 overs and remaining unbeaten after three round of the 2017 Women’s Regional Super 50. Even though they are 4th on the points table, Jamaica are virtually hanging on by a thread to progression into the knockout phase of the tournament.