What a difference Smartt play and a Dottin makes.
West Indies Women defeated New Zealand Women by five wickets in their One-Day International at Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts, today.
It was sweet revenge for the trouncing which the regional girls suffered at the hands of the White Ferns during their recent tour to New Zealand.
The big-hitting Barbadian Deandra Dottin had been missing from that tour serving a suspension and today immediately made her return to the ODI line-up felt.
Facing a target of 143 set by the visitors, Dottin struck a powerful 77-ball 60 that included seven boundaries and one six. Batting at number four, Dottin and star batter Stafanie Taylor added 58 to steady the West Indies innings after they had lost the wickets of openers Kycia Knight (21) and Natasha McLean (5) to slip to 36 for 2.
Dottin lost Taylor (21) with the score on 94 but then found a useful partner in Shemaine Campbelle who made an unbeaten 18 as they added 32 for the fourth wicket.
Dottin was eventually dismissed in the 38th over, caught by Sophie Devine off the bowling of captain Suzie Bates, with the total 126 for 4. Captain Merissa Aguilleira, who is overdue some runs, was dismissed at the same score for a duck but Campbelle and Shanel Daley reached the winning total without further hiccups.
Earlier 28-year-old Guyanese pacer Tremayne Smartt bowled excellently to snare 5 for 24 as the Kiwis were routed for 142 in 44.1 overs. She got good assistance from Daley who captured 2 for 32 with her left-arm orthodox spin.
Opener Bates was bowled by Smartt for a duck and the White Ferns never really recovered from that disastrous start. Devine and Katie Perkins top scored with 36 each batting at number five and six respectively, while Amy Satterthwaite chipped in with 33.
Smartt was later named Player-of-the-Match for her incisive bowling.
The series continues on Sunday.