Matthews his unbeaten half-century as Tridents brush aside Blackbirds by 8 wickets
Barbados Cricket Association article.
Bridgetown, Barbados - Championship leaders Powerade Angela Harris Tridents crushed Sagicor UWI Blackbirds by eight wickets in Series 5 of the Iris Walker Memorial 50-over tournament.
With no wins under their belt, this was a prime opportunity for the Blackbirds to pull off their first victory as they played against a depleted Tridents team who were only able to field the required seven players.
After winning the toss in a reduced game of 47 overs due to a late start of some 35 minutes at KMV Oval on Saturday, the Blackbirds were bowled out for 103 in 21.4 overs.
Tridents won in just 18 overs.
Barbados pacer Shamilia Connell and Barbados and West Indies all-rounder Deandra Dottin, bowling in tandem, were responsible for wrecking the UWI batting as they took the first six wickets with just 8.5 overs being bowled.
Connell ended with three for 15 from and Dottin, three for 22 - both from 6 overs, while Kyann Maynard later picked up three for 22 off 4.4 overs .
With yet another poor batting display, Blackbirds were reeling on 33 for six at one stage.
Left-hander Shonna Evelyn showed some resistance and was the only bright spark and double figure scorer as she batted through the innings for 29 not out off 48 balls including three fours.
The dynamic captain Hayley Matthews and Shamilia Connell got Tridents off to a positive flying start reaching 25 in just 6 overs before captain Malissa Howard bowled Connell for six.
Dottin joined Matthews but three balls and four runs later, Kayla Fagan in her fourth over took the prize wicket of Dottin as she could only watch in horror as the dreaded finger of Umpire Sandiford ascended slowly to give her out lbw to a delivery that kept low.
With Dottin gone, Blackbirds were probably thinking that the match was theirs for the taking, but Matthews had other thoughts going on, as she was joined by Maynard and together with some sensible batting and good running between the wicket, took the score to 89 for two off 16 overs with Matthews also bringing up her fifty off 54 balls with three fours before the rain came at 1.12 p.m.
Lunch was then taken and at the resumption needing just another 15 runs off 31 overs, in a 75-run partnership, Maynard hit the winning runs, as she struck the ball disdainfully through midwicket for four off Howard.
Matthews ended on a well-played an unbeaten 58 off 60 balls, striking four boundaries, with Maynard on 21 not out off 32 balls.