Tridents brush side UWI in Iris Waker T20 competition
Barbados Cricket Association article.
Bridgetown, Barbados - “…. As it was in the beginning so shall it be in the end”.
These famous words were brought to pass as Powerade Angela Harris Tridents put the final nail in the coffin of Sagicor UWI Blackbirds who had a dismal run in BCA Iris Walker Memorial Twenty20 tournament with just the final rites to be performed.
Deandre Dottin was lethal and deadly as she brought the Blackbirds down from their previous day's high in the 50-over competition.
When you drop a batsman especially one that is known for her aggressive batting, you should be made to pay dearly. And so Blackbirds did as Dottin, saving the best for the last, smashed an unbeaten 89 off 50 balls which included nine fours and three sixes, giving Tridents a massive 59- run victory at Friendship on Sunday.
Tridents won the toss and elected to bat. The fireworks started with captain Hayley Matthews who opened with the ever improving Shamilia Connell and, after playing an enterprising knock of 20 off 16 balls including three fours, two of which were played beautifully behind square beating the fielder on both occasions, she was the first to go being bowled by Kayla Fagan with the score on 31 in just the fifth over.
Barbados and West Indies dynamic, aggressive and exciting all-rounder Dottin came to the crease to partner Connell and then the party really got started, as she delighted the crowd by hitting the ball all around the ground as she clearly was not in a “friendly” mood. No bowler was spared her wrath as captain Malissa Howard wrung the changes in her bowling attack.
Dottin and Connell took the score to 86 for two in the 12th over, but Connell in going for another boundary was caught by Griffith at cover off Jessica Holder-Vaughan for 18 off 33 balls in a 55-run partnership. Maynard came in next but was bowled by Ashli Antoine for nine as the score moved quickly to 115 in the 15th over.
Shanika Bruce then came in to partner Dottin and she watched in delight as Dottin ‘went to pieces’ on Shonna Evelyn who with previous figures of 2-1-12-0 was smashed through mid-wicket for four, of the first ball of her third over to bring up Dottin’s 50; balls two and three, a massive six and four behind square and then off the fourth ball, Blackbirds would rue the chance of taking her wicket as she was dropped on 61 by Jessica Holder-Vaughan at long-on with the score on 143 for three. They had another chance to take her wicket but she was dropped once more, this time by Griffith.
With the score on 159 for three in the penultimate over of the match, Bruce a mere passenger along for this scenic ride on the Dottin train, watched her partner finish off Evelyn who was entrusted to bowl the final over despite having figures of none for 30.
Dottin and Bruce ran three twos, she then smashed a six over long-on off the fourth ball, then a dot ball and a tame single to end the innings at 172 for three.
With the daunting task of a going rate of 8.65 per over glaring in their faces, Blackbirds opening pair of Reshelle Griffith and Jessica Holder-Vaughan scored 10 runs off the first over complements of Connell. One over and two balls later, however, Holder-Vaughan was caught at mid-off for nought by Andrea Payne giving Dottin her first wicket.
Howard and Griffith took the score to 36 in the 8th over before Howard was out lbw to Bruce.
Charlene Taitt who in the 50-over game on the previous day championed the Blackbirds to victory came to the crease, and she and a tenacious Griffith brought a bit of hope to their thoughts of victory as together they hit six fours between them to bring up the 50 partnership in the 15th over. Unfortunately, although they were not losing wickets, trying to maintain the momentum of scoring at nearly 18 runs per over off the last five overs, was proving to be quite a difficult task, and in the 20th over with an extremely impossible task of scoring another 51 runs, Griffith attempting to go for a big shot was bowled by Dottin who ended on miserly figures of two for nine off three overs, and gave the final rites to the Blackbirds as they could only muster 113 for three.