Trinis and Jamaicans win again, but day belongs to Bajans

Kingstown, St Vincent: Pre-tournament favourites Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica both made it two wins in a row as the West Indies Cricket Board's Women's 50-Over League continued on Friday. Trinidad and Tobago had a close win by 13 runs over St Vincent and the Grenadines at Arnos Vale Playing Field 1, while Jamaica trounced St Lucia by 130 runs at Victoria Park. The day’s biggest win however was recorded by Barbados who hammered Dominica by a whopping 224 runs, while Guyana got over Grenada by 85 runs at Stubbs Playing Field.

Defending champs Trinidad and Tobago moved to the top of Zone B with eight points. Captain Anisa Mohammed won the Player-of-the-Match award for her five wickets for nine runs, which destroyed the home side’s batting.
Late in the match they got some resistance from Melissa Bellingy (31) and Sherry-Ann John (25) in a seventh-wicket stand of 48 to pull their team around from 67-7. They ended on 155-9 off 50 overs in reply to Trinidad’s 168, with the topscore of 53 coming from Gaitri Seetahal. Mohammed, the world-rated off-spinner said after the match that her side was definitely looking to win the title for the second consecutive year.

“We have played two matches and we have two wins. We’re not going to stop here. We will be looking to win all our matches and take the title again. Basically, the plan is to win all our games,” said the captain. “As you saw, we played well in today’s match and we also played well in the first match.”

Captain Stafanie Taylor starred with 84, her second half-century in as many matches as Zone A leaders Jamaica made 194 in a match reduced to 37 overs after rain delays. She returned to grab 4-15 from eight overs with her clever off-breaks to dismiss St Lucia for 64 off 31.1 overs. Left-arm spinner Shanel Daley chipped in with 3-15 from seven overs.

Over at Arnos Vale Playing Field 2, the Bajans, who were badly beaten by Jamaica on the opening day, hit back in a major way to make a whopping 283-7 off their 50 overs. They then bowled out the Dominicans for 59 runs. The best bowlers were seamers Danielle Small with 4-12 and Shakera Selman, who took 2-6. Pearl Etienne was Dominica’s best player with 3-62 and she also made 26 batting at the top of the order. Earlier in the day Pam Lavine (59) and Charlene Taitt (57) batted beautifully on a good pitch. Opener Kycia Knight (46) and her twin sister Kyshonna (29) also helped to bolster the score.

At Stubbs, Guyana also had things their own way with a dominant performance over Grenada. The Guyanese made 176-1 off their 50 overs, with and then bowled out the Grenadians for 91. Shemaine Campbell was Guyana’s best player with 64 not out in an unbeaten second-wicket stand of 161 with June Ogle-Thomas (81 not out). Campbell then returned with her leg-spin to take 3-14 from nine overs, while Joanna van Sertima (3-10) and Tremayne Smartt (3-25) also did very well.

The tournament continues on Sunday with four matches. Dominica face Jamaica at Stubbs, St Lucia take on Barbados at Arnos Vale 2, Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago at meet at Sion Hill, and Guyana tackle St Vincent and the Grenadines at Arnos Vale 1.

Zone A
: Jamaica 8, Barbados 4, St Lucia 4, Dominica 0 points.
Zone B: Trinidad and Tobago 8, Guyana 4, St Vincent and the Grenadines 4, Grenada 0.