Final: WICB Women’s Super50: 2nd Consecutive Title for T&T Divas!!

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The defending Regional Women’s Super50 Champions Trinidad & Tobago battled the strongest team in the 2017 competition, Barbados, and it was no walk in the park. T&T had one loss in the tournament and it was to their final opponents. This time the Divas were confident they’d get a different result, one in their favour.

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Barbados won the toss and sent T&T to bat first. Once again T&T got a solid opening stance from Felicia Walters and Reniece Boyce. The pair posted 44 before Boyce was caught off Deandra Dottin for 29. Shenelle Lord then ably supported Walters as they took the total to 93 before Deandra Dottin sent Lord back to the pavilion for 13. Britney Cooper didn’t last long, Keila Elliot trapped her LBW for 2 and Stacy Ann King was next togo for 6. Captain Merissa Aguilleira with all her experience, made a poor shot selection and was caught by her opposing number Selman, off Hayley Matthews for 1. T&T 111/5 in the 28th over and looking like they won’t get to 150.

Remember after the last match I said Felicia Walter reminded me of Shiv Chanderpaul dropping anchor in an innings? Well that’s exactly what she did and with her was Rachel Vincent who seems to be flourishing lower down the order instead of opening. Vincent smacked a quickfire 20 which included 4 fours in a 31-run partnership with Walters, before she fell, caught and bowled by Hayley Matthews in the 36th over. The rest of T&T’s batters never got to double figures. Walters though, managed to reach a half century before Selman bowled her for 53. T&T eventually all out for 165 in 46 overs.

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Keila Elliot was the best bowler for Barbados taking 4/47 from her 10 overs. Deandra Dottin finished with 3/31 and Hayley Matthews had stunning figures of 10-5-17-2.

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The Bajan run-chase took a blow as Hayley Matthews fell for 9 and wicketkeeper Kycia Knight for a duck, which left them reeling at 9/2. But Deandra Dottin and Kyshona Knight rebuilt the Barbados innings and they looked set to take their team to victory. While the scoring was rapid, it was steady, and as we know, slow and steady wins the race. This pair shared a 61-run partnership. A drinks break was taken and Divas Captain Merissa Aguilleira gave her team a pep talk. No sooner had they retaken the field, Dottin was cheekily bowled by Ramharack for 32. Knight then soldiered on with Charlene Taitt, putting on 24 together before Knight fell for 32 to Shenelle Lord. It was then a landslide of Bajan wickets, Alleyne 0, Griffith 0 and Selman 0. Barbados slipping from 70/3 in the 19th to 97/7 in the 34th over.

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Taitt was joined by Shamilia Connell, the tall, athletic pacer. They then took semi-control of the run-chase, Connell eeking out the boundaries via some poor fielding and wayward bowling. It was at this point in the match that T&T looked like the pressure was really getting to them. The pacers were getting trounced, so Aguilleira changed tactics, reintroducing her slow bowlers and this proved successful. Anisa Mohammed bamboozled Connell on 20, giving Aguilleira an easy stumping. Then Shenelle Lord had Keila Elliot caught by Stacy Ann King and the exuberance was written all over, as she thumped the pitch with her hands. Victory was near for the defending champs. Karishma Ramharack came back in and bowled Taitt for a well played 24. The T&T Divas ran to hug and congratulate each other on turning the match around and securing a second consecutive WICB Regional Women’s Super50 Title.

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Barbados all out for 143 in 45.5 overs. Felicia Walters took 3/25 from 10 overs, Anisa Mohammed, Karishma Ramharack and Shenelle Lord all taking 2 wickets each.

Good cricket from Barbados and losing is tough so I look forward to seeing this team return next year God Willing to try and go one step better.

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T&T’s Felicia Walters with 53 runs and 3/25 was deservedly the Player of the Match for final.

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Hayley Matthews of Barbados walked away with three individual awards, Most Wickets (joint with Afy Fletcher of the Windward Islands, 15 wickets each.), Most Runs and Tournament MVP.

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Relive the winning moment below. CONGRATULATIONS TRINIDAD & TOBAGO DIVAS!!!

​(Video via: Cricket West Indies Media Livestream)

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