KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – A memorable spell from West Indies Women’s leg-spinner Afy Fletcher set up Windward Islands for a two-wicket victory over Jamaica in the Women’s Regional Super50 Tournament on Monday here.
Fletcher, the Windward Islands captain, collected 7-13 from 9.2 overs, including incumbent Windies Women’s captain and batting superstar Stafanie Taylor for six, as the Jamaicans, sent in to bat, were bowled out for 84 in 35.2 overs in the third round match contested at Sion Hill.
It was the second straight double-figure total for the Jamaicans, whose line-up also includes internationals Shanel Daley, Chedean Nation and Chinelle Henry, after their opening match in the tournament against Leeward Islands was completely washed out.
The Jamaicans however, made a fight of it with Nation grabbing 3-19 from nine overs and Vanessa Watts 2-25 from her allotted 10 overs, but Fletcher, the diminutive Grenadian, and opener Swayline Williams scored 23 each, as the host team successfully chased down their target with 82 balls remaining.
The result meant that the Windwards claimed their third straight bonus-point victory of the tournament, moving them to 15 at the top of the standings.
At Park Hill: Windies Women’s fast bowler Shamilia Connell demolished the bottom half of the Guyana batting and fired Barbados to their third straight victory in the tournament by 41 runs.
Connell ended with 4-16 from eight overs, Aaliyah Alleyne finished with 3-13 from 7.4 overs and leg-spinner Keila Elliott took 2-35 from seven overs, as the Guyanese were bowled out for 104 in 39.4 overs, chasing 146 for victory.
The match looked poised for an intriguing conclusion, when Guyana reached 98 for five, but Connell transformed the complexion of the match in the space of seven deliveries.
She removed Akaze Thompson for five, Subrina Munroe for one and Plaffiana Millington for a duck, as the Guyanese lost their last five wickets for six runs.
Earlier, dynamic Windies Women’s all-rounder Deandra Dottin gathered 47 from 85 balls, her captain and Windies Women’s teammate Shakera Selman was not out on 30 and Windies Women’s opener Hayley Matthews made 20, as the Barbadians were dismissed for 145 in 44.3 overs.
Windies Women’s fast-medium bowler Tremayne Smartt was the most successful Guyanese bowler with 3-15 from 10 overs, her Windies Women’s teammate ErvaGiddings and fellow international Munroe snared two apiece.
At the Arnos Vale Sports Complex: A destructive spell from long-standing Windies Women’s off-spinner Anisa Mohammed undermined the Leeward Islands batting to set up Trinidad & Tobago for an eight-wicket victory.
Mohammed grabbed 4-18 from 8.3 overs, as the Leewards, choosing to bat, were bowled out for 76 in 28.3 overs to give T&T their second victory of the tournament.
No Leewards batsman reached 20, as Karishma Ramharack and Caniesha Isaac shared the demolition job with two wickets apiece and the defending champions continued to get their campaign back on track.
Windies Women’s batsman Britney Cooper then led the run chase with 27 and T&T crossed the finish line with 39.2 overs remaining before the scheduled lunch interval.
The #WS50 gives the region’s best female players a final opportunity to showcase their talent in the hope of making the Windies Women’s squad heading to the ICC Women’s World Cup to be staged from June 24 to July 23 in England.
Taylor’s Windies Women’s side earned automatic qualification to the Women’s World Cup following their fourth place finish in the ICC Women’s Championship – a tournament contested between the top eight sides in the World over the last two years.
(After the third round of matches)
- Windward Islands 15 points
- Barbados 14
- Trinidad & Tobago 10
- Jamaica 2
- Leeward Islands 2
- Guyana 0
RESULTS OF MATCHES
Thursday, April 20
Barbados beat Trinidad & Tobago by 6 wickets – Sion Hill
Leeward Islands vs Jamaica, no result – Park Hill
Windward Islands beat Guyana by 5 wickets – Arnos Vale Sports Complex
Saturday, April 22
Windward Islands beat Leeward Islands by 75 runs – Park Hill
Trinidad & Tobago beat Guyana by 6 wickets – Sion Hill
Jamaica lost to Barbados by 7 wickets – Arnos Vale Sports Complex
Monday, April 24
Guyana lost to Barbados by 41 runs – Park Hill
Jamaica lost to Windward Islands by 2 wickets – Sion Hill
Leeward Island lost to Trinidad & Tobago by 8 wickets – Arnos Vale Sports Complex
Wednesday, April 26
Guyana vs Leeward Islands – Sion Hill
Barbados vs Windward Islands – Arnos Vale Sports Complex
Trinidad & Tobago vs Jamaica – Park Hill
Friday, April 28
Windward Islands vs Trinidad & Tobago – Arnos Vale Sports Complex
Barbados vs Leeward Islands – Sion Hill
Guyana vs Jamaica – Park Hill
Sunday, April 30
The Final – Arnos Vale Sports Complex