Roseau – The invincible women of Caribbean Women’s cricket, Jamaica, nailed their fifth Regional Women’s Super50 title by blowing away Guyana by 218 runs in the final of the tournament at Windsor Park today.
While Guyana finished as runners-up in the competition, Trinidad & Tobago placed third, after defeating Barbados at the Botanical Gardens. It brought an exciting tournament to an end in quite an entertaining fashion.
In the Jamaica/Guyana final, Natasha McLean did it with the bat and Vanessa Watts did it with the ball to lead Jamaica to their win. McLean fell just short of a century while Watts had a five-wicket haul.
After being put into bat first, Jamaica put up a mammoth 309 for 7 from their 50 overs. The Jamaican openers put on an opening stand of 51 runs but quickly slipped to 83 for 2. It was at that time McLean and Chinelle Henry came together in a 77-run partnership.
McLean struck 96 from just 94 balls, hammering eight fours and as many sixes along the way. Through her and Henry, Jamaica recovered from a slow start. At the other end, Henry scored 85 from 87 balls, hitting 12 fours during her stay at the crease. Hasena Mohammed, Phaffiana Millington and Akaze Thompson all took two wickets each.
Guyana struggled in their chase being reduced to 36 for 3 just after the 15-over mark. In addition to their scoring rate being slow, they continuously lost wickets along the way. Watts was the main destroyer who ripped through the Guyanese batting line-up. She finished with 5 for 21 as Guyana were bowled out for 91 in 32.4 overs.
Meanwhile, Trinidad and Tobago finished third after a clinical victory over Barbados in their placement playoff match at Botanical Gardens. Both teams were beaten in the semi-finals of the tournament.
After being put in to bat first, Trinidad and Tobago lost an early wicket but bounced back to get their innings on track. Opener Amanda Samaroo was patient in her approach, scoring 23 from 80 balls. By and large, it was a slow scoring innings from Trinidad as they scored 183 for 6 from their 50 overs. It was Stacy Ann King who muscled the ball around, striking 63 from 65 balls to propel the innings. Britney Cooper made 38 from 65 balls, striking four boundaries.
Barbados in response also lost an early wicket and continued to lose wickets throughout the chase. T&T were led in the field by their skipper, Anisa Mohammed, who picked up 3 for 11 from nine overs. Deandra Dotton top-scored for Barbados with 31 while Kycia Knight scored 28. Barbados were bowled out for 107 in 33 overs, handing T&T a 76-run victory.