GEORGETOWN, Guyana – Barbados Women are the undisputed queens of regional cricket.
Last night they were crowned West Indies Women’s Twenty20 Blaze and regional women’s double-crown champions, after a 58-run, unbroken, third-wicket stand between world-rated all-rounder Deandra Dottin and Windies Women’s teammate Kycia Knight formalised an eight-wicket victory over Guyana.
Dottin smashed six fours and two sixes in the top score of 43 not out from 28 balls and Knight made 24 from 28 balls, as the Barbadians successfully chased a modest target of 86 in the final match of the tournament under the lights at the Guyana National Stadium.
A strong bowling performance – led by the Windies Women’s pair of Hayley Matthews, the Barbados captain, and Shakera Selman – had helped the Barbadians restrict the Guyanese to 85 for seven from their allotment of 20 overs, after the tournament hosts won the toss and decided to bat.
Matthews and Selman took two wickets apiece, but the visitors then limped to 28 for two in the ninth over before Dottin took charge of the chase with typically explosive batting to get the champions over the finish line with 23 balls remaining.
The victory meant that the Barbadians played unbeaten in the tournament and won both women’s titles this season, following their capture of the Super50 Cup just 10 days earlier in which they also did not lose a match.
Barbados owed much of their tournament success to the pair of Matthews and Dottin. Dottin was outstanding throughout the competition, frequently contributing timely runs and snaring important wickets at critical junctures.
Matthews finished the tournament as the leading wicket-taker with 11 wickets and 166 runs with the bat earned her the best all-rounder award. Her batting average was 40.75 with a strike rate of 130.4 hitting one half-century while her 11 wickets came at a bowling average of 10.55 and an economy rate of 5.8.
Dottin reigned supreme with the bat, finishing as the highest run-getter with 222 runs in a dominant performance. Dottin finished with an average of 222 striking at 180.49 in her fruitful T20 Blaze season where she scored two half-centuries.
Earlier in the day, Windies Women’s pair of Chedean Nation, not out 63, and Chinelle Henry, not out 44, shared 90 – unbroken – for the fourth wicket to lead Jamaica to a seven-wicket victory over Trinidad & Tobago in the opening match of the day’s triple-header.
Chasing 146 for victory, the Jamaicans were 56 for three in the 11th over before Nation hit five fours and two sixes from 48 balls and Henry struck five fours from 26 balls to stage a recovery and carry their side over the finish line with eight balls remaining, helping them clinch second place tied on nine points with T&T and Guyana but securing a superior net run-rate.
Britney Cooper had led the way with 30 and Windies Women’s teammate Anisa Mohammed led three players that all got 26, as T&T, who finished third in the tournament, posted 145 for six off 20 overs after they were sent in to bat.
In the day’s other contest, Pearl Etienne was the pick of the Windward Islands bowlers, taking 3-14 from four overs, as her side held on to clinch an 11-run victory over the Leeward Islands and clinch the fifth spot.
Stacy-Ann Adams and Windies Women’s leg-spinner Afy Fletcher, the Windwards captain, captured two wickets each to back up Etienne, as the Leewards were restricted to 104 for nine from their 20 overs, chasing 116 for victory.
Saneldo Willett, the daughter of former Windies left-arm spinner Elquemedo Willett, scored 25 for Leewards, but no other batter reached 20.
Fletcher and Swayline Williams both made 24 to lead the Windwards batting, as they reached 115 for eight from their 20 overs, after winning the toss and electing to bat.
Amanda Edwards and Barbadian Malissa Howard took two wickets each for Leewards.
Behind Dottin’s tournament-high tally were Stacy Ann King with 183 runs for Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana’s Shemaine Campbelle with 165 runs.
In the bowling department, after Matthew’s 11 wickets, Erva Giddings had 10 wickets. For the Guyanese, Sheneta Grimmond finished with seven wickets while Akaze Thomson had six wickets. Jamaican off-spinner Vanessa Watts had seven wickets rounding off the top bowlers in the T20 Blaze tournament.
After finishing with the most dismissals in the Super50, wicketkeeper Kycia Knight was in the run for most dismissals but Leeward Island’s Terez Parker finished with the most victims.
In the field, Campbelle was among three others awarded as the best fielders.