Barbados Cruise Past T&T

Barbados Cruise Past T&T

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Trinidad and Tobago Red Force Divas’ batting woes continued, as they slumped to their second consecutive loss in the Cricket West Indies (CWI) Twenty20 (T20) Blaze tournament, at Sabina Park Jamaica yesterday.

The defending champions were in a must win encounter against Barbados to keep their hopes of defending their title alive, but it was not to be and the T&T team struggled with both bat and the ball in the third round of matches played. They only managed 92 for 5 in their 20 overs, which Barbados knocked off easily in 15.4 overs.

T&T skipper, Merissa Aguilleira proposed that her team, though well prepared for the tournament, have not been able to find the necessary aggression for the T20 format. “Apparently our aggression went to sleep, and we have so much patience and I think leading into the 50 overs that will be good for us, but it’s definitely not for T20. Hard luck, we were prepared, but we just couldn’t execute.”

She commended Cooper for her knock and said her team would still stay focused and hope to finish in the top three. “Britney came in in the middle and did really well, she batted well, ran well between the wickets and I think that’s exactly what we needed, some kind of aggression,” she said. “At the end of the day we want to make sure we stay close to the top of the table, we know first and second place are definitely gone, but after all, according to how the other games play off, we have a chance of staying in the top three.”

Barbados won the toss and opted to bowl first. The decision seemed to pay off, with T&T losing three quick wickets inside the first half of the innings. Shania Abdool was the first to go, caught off the bowling of Shanika Bruce for 4. Reniece Boyce followed an over later, caught and bowled by Shamilia Connell for 10 and Stacy-Ann King was the third wicket to fall early, getting caught lbw to Deandra Dottin for 2.

Cooper showed her experience though and kept the runs flowing while steadying the T&T innings and getting them to a respectable total of 92 for five at the end of their 20 overs. Her innings of 47 included five fours and came off 46 balls. She eventually fell to Connell in the penultimate over.

In reply, Barbados made very light work of the small total, racing to their target in 15.4 overs. The Bajan opening pair of Hayley Matthews and Danie Small made their intentions clear from ball one, with Matthews in particular being very aggressive. She cleared the ropes twice in the first two overs, dispatching Lee-Ann Kirby’s second ball of the innings for six, and then following it up with a four the very next ball.

Kirby’s first over would go for 15 and Aguilliera no doubt hoped that veteran WI off-spinner, Anisa Mohammed would clean up, but Mohammed soon found herself under attack as well. Mohammed’s first over went for 13, with Matthews clearing the straight back boundary while also getting a four in that over.

Matthews was eventually caught off the bowling of Shenelle Lord for 39 (23 balls), but Barbados were already more than half way home at that point. Dottin joined Small in the middle and the two kept the score ticking over effortlessly as none of the T&T bowlers beside Lord seems to have a response for their aggression. Lord was the pick of the T&T bowlers, grabbing three wickets; Matthews (39), Dottin (14) and Kycia Knight (2). She finished with figures of three for 17 off her four overs.

Speaking after the match, Barbados captain, Shakera Selman commended her team for their ability to execute in every match thus far, but acknowledged that they would not be relaxing anytime soon with Guyana and Jamaica still to come.

“I think we should be a lot more confident now, but we can’t be complacent. Guyana also defeated Trinidad easily and we know what to expect when we face Guyana. We have to play every game hard and hopefully we can improve as the tournament goes on,” said Selman.

Asked what has been the difference for Barbados this year, given that their team is largely unchanged, she said the team work and WI player contributions have been the highlight of their tournament thus far.

“This year we are really trying to work as a team and we are really asking the WI players to put their hands up. This year we are missing Kyshona (Knight) so we know someone has to double up for her. I think Hayley really put her hand up today and really put Trinidad on the back foot.”

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Also in action yesterday, Jamaica brushed Leeward Islands aside to record their 3rd straight victory in the tournament and putting them on course for the title. The Leewards were bundled out for 68 in 20 overs with Eldora Sylvester top-scoring with 13. Vanessa Watts claimed 5/9 and Chadean Nation had 3/15.

Nation returned with the bat to score an unbeaten 28, with Jamaica and WI captain Stafanie Taylor hitting 19 as Jamaica responded with 70/3 in 12 overs.

 

In reply, Juliana Nero and Stacy-Ann Adams gave Windwards just the impetus they needed to start. In high contrast to past innings, both were very attacking and kept within range of the run rate at every point. Nero lost her opening Partner in Rachel Cyrus early, caught by wicket-keeper Campbell off the bowling of Erva Giddings, but Nero and Adams combined to give their side hope.

Nero was eventually run out for 34 with the score on 40, but Adams kept going and contributed 23 before she was bowled by Akaze Thompson. Edelyn Thurtin provided a quickfire 21 off 10 deliveries to reduce the deficit for Windwards and despite losing Quiana Joseph and Nerissa Crafton in quick succession, Carena Noel and Aria Fortune held on to bring it home with 3 balls to spare.

 

Scores: Trinidad and Tobago 92/4 (20 overs) (Britney Cooper 46; Shamilia Connell 2-17) lost to Barbados 93/4 (15.4 overs) (Hayley Matthews 39, Hayley Matthews 22; Shenelle Lord 3-17)

Leeward Islands 68/10 (20 overs) (Eldora Sylvester 10; Vanessa Watts 5-9) lost to Jamaica 70/3 (12 overs) Chedean Nation 28, Stafanie Taylor 19)

Guyana 121/5 (20 overs) (Shemaine Campbell 61, Akaze Thompson 20; Pearl Ettienne 2-19) lost to Windward Islands 122/8 (19.3 overs) (Juliana Nero 34, Stacy-Ann Adams 23, Edelyn Thurtin 21; Tremaine Smartt 2-26)