Taylor leads J'can rebound in T20
JAMAICA got back to winning ways in the Regional Women's Twenty20 (T20) tournament with a 25-run beating of St Vincent and the Grenadines at Kensington Park yesterday.
The Jamaicans batted first and posted a challenging 132-6 off their allotted overs. Captain and West Indies star Stafanie Taylor led the way for the hosts with 52 off 47 deliveries. Natasha McLean chipped in with 25 off 29 balls.
Cordel Jack took 2-21 off four overs for St Vincent and the Grenadines, while Roshelle John claimed 1-22.
In reply, the visitors fought gallantly as Jack, who made a blistering 63 not out, and Juliana Nero (26) added 45 for the second wicket.
Taylor grabbed 2-11 off four overs, while Shanel Daley snared 2-19. Scores: Jamaica 132-6 (20 overs); St Vincent and the Grenadines 107-5 (20 overs)
The victory pushed Jamaica to four wins from five matches, the same as Trinidad & Tobago, who completed a dominant 92-run hammering of struggling St Lucia in the opening match at the Kensington venue.
Trinidad & Tobago batted first and saw Amanda Samaroo (54), Deandra Dottin (38) and Felicia Walters, who stroked an unbeaten 22, play key roles in their imposing total of 180-6.
Roylin Cooper was the main bowler for St Lucia with figures of 2-27 off three overs.
In reply, St Lucia surrendered meekly for 88-4 off 20 overs. Cooper stood out with 51 not out from 63 balls.
Lee Ann Kirby took 1-7 for T&T. Scores: Trinidad & Tobago 180-6 (20 overs); St Lucia 88-4 (20 overs).
In the opening match at Chedwin Park in St Catherine, Barbados beat Grenada by eight wickets to record their fourth win in the tournament.
Scores: Grenada 57-6 (20 overs); Barbados 58-2 (10.4 overs)
In the afternoon game at Chedwin Park, Guyana swamped cellar team Dominica by 87 runs to stay fourth in the standings.
Scores: Guyana 152-5 (20 overs); Dominica 65-9 (20 overs)
In today's matches, Jamaica welcome Dominica at 10:00 am at the Chedwin Park, while Barbados face St Lucia in the afternoon fixture.
At Kensington, Trinidad & Tobago clash with Grenada at 10 o' clock and Guyana battle St Vincent and the Grenadines at 2:00 pm.
Each team is scheduled to play seven matches in the preliminary phase before the third-place play-off and the final on August 18 at Sabina Park.