Cooper star of the show as Trini girls take the title
Kingstown, St Vincent: Britney Cooper, the highly-rated Trinidad and Tobago batter, saved best performance for the biggest occasion as she guided her team to victory in the final of the West Indies Cricket Board’s 50-Over League at Arnos Vale Playing Field 1, on Wednesday. The tall right-hander played some fine strokes to all corners of the ground as she ended on 56 not out to lead the Trinis to 157-7 off 48.1 overs as they overhauled the 156-6 off 50 overs made by the home side.
The 20-year-old, who was the MVP in last year’s tournament, hit six boundaries and a big six off 72 balls on an easy-paced pitch.
She came in with her team in trouble and added 75 for the fourth wicket with experienced left-hander Stacy-Ann, who contributed a polished 43 from 60 balls to completely dominate the Vincentian bowling.
Earlier in the day captain and off-spinner Anisa Mohammed bowled a magical spell of two wickets for 10 runs from 10 overs to restrict the Vincentian batters after a brisk start. After the match captain she was overcome with joy and was full of praise for her team-mates and support staff.
“We feel really, really great. We played well throughout the entire tournament and we are very happy with the way things ended. We came here to win and keep our title from last year and that is exactly what we did. We achieved all the goals we set out to achieve. What is also good is that we did not lose a single match. We have a lot to be proud of and I want to thank all the girls for the hard work and also want to thank everyone who supported us,” Mohammed said.
Cooper's fine knock upstaged Juliana Nero who made a fighting 87 not out as St Vincent and the Grenadines posted a challenging 156-6 off their 50 overs. Nero, who opened the batting and hit the first ball of the match for a boundary, held the innings together.
She started well and slowed in the middle over, but played some powerful strokes at the end of the innings too boost the rate after the Trinidad and Tobago bowlers created problems. Nero added 49 for the fourth wicket with allrounder Melissa Bellingy, who again showed her value to the team a run-a-ball 20.