Regional title holders Jamaica got off to a victorious start in the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Women's Twenty20 (T20) Tournament after hammering St Lucia by 64 runs at Kensington Park in yesterday's opening round of matches.
Batting first, Jamaica made 136-5 off 20 overs before dismissing St Lucia for 72 under overcast conditions in east Kingston.
Scores: Jamaica 136-5 (20 overs); St Lucia 72 (19.5 overs).
The West Indies pair of Stafanie Taylor and Shanel Daley starred with fine all-round performances for the hosts. Taylor hit 33 off 28 deliveries and claimed 3-9 off three overs, while the left-handed Daley struck a 39-ball 34 and took 2-9 off three.
Paulina Francis and Roylin Cooper were joint top scorers for the St Lucians with 15 runs each. Jamaica's medium pacer Roshana Outar grabbed 3-12 off four overs.
Earlier, St Lucia's Teadie Crawford took 2-9 to help restrict Jamaica to 136-5.
In the opening game at the same venue, the powerful Trinidad & Tobago team eased to a 93-run win over St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Britney Cooper hit 36 not out, while Barbadian-born Deandra Dottin (36), Amanda Samaroo (31) and Lee Ann Kirby all supported with useful knocks as Trinidad & Tobago notched up a challenging 158-3 off the allotted 20 overs.
St Vincent and the Grenadines were restricted to 65-4, despite 32 from Juliana Nero. Alisa Mohammed was the top wicket-taker for T&T with 2-11 off four overs.
Scores: Trinidad & Tobago 158-3 (20 overs); St Vincent and the Grenadines 64-5 (20 overs).
At the Chedwin Park ground in St Catherine, Guyana powered to a 69-run win over Grenada in the curtain-raiser.
Scores: Guyana 119-6 (20 overs); Grenada 50 (17.overs).
In the afternoon match at Chedwin Park, Barbados romped to a nine wicket win over Dominica.
Scores: Dominica 40 (19.1 overs); Barbados 41-1 (8.1 overs).
Meanwhile, the tournament continues today with a further four matches set to be played.
At Kensington, Jamaica face Barbados at 10:00 am, while T&T go up against the Guyanese at 2:00 pm.
In the double-header at Chedwin Park, St Vincent and the Grenadines oppose Grenada before St Lucia clash with Dominica.