Matthews grabs seven as Barbados wins; victories for T&T and Jamaica

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — Barbados captain Hayley Matthews produced a masterful bowling display in the opening round of the Regional Super50 Championships, to help her side crush the Leeward Islands by seven wickets.

Matthews grabbed seven wickets for just 27 runs as the Leewards were bundled out for just 88 runs.

Barbados then romped to 89 for three in 12 overs, with Deandra Dottin smashing an unbeaten 34 from 12 balls.

But it was Matthews who stole the show. She began the rout by bowling opener Malissa Hayward for 13 and then ripped through the middle and lower order, as she accounted for five of the last six wickets to fall.

What was especially impressive was the fact that four of her victims were bowled.

Had it not been for a fighting 25 from Rozel Liburd who batted at number 11, things could have been much worse for the Leewards.

Barbados wasted little time in chasing down the total, with Matthews also contributing with the bat in a brisk knock of 23.

After she was dismissed Dottin took over, clouting four boundaries and two sixes as Barbados began the competition on a winning note.

There were also easy wins for Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica, who defeated Guyana and the Windward Islands, respectively.

T&T produced a strong batting effort to reach 221 for seven in their 50 overs, thanks mainly to an unbeaten half- century from Reniece Boyce. Boyce finished on 65 not out and got good support from Samantha Bissoon, who was unbeaten on 35, and Stacy Ann King who made 28.

At one stage Guyana were cruising at 72 for one before suffering a dramatic middle order collapse which saw them capitulate to be all out for 152.

T&T needed an unbroken, 64-run stand for the eighth wicket between Boyce and Bissoon to get them up to their eventual target, after they had slumped to 157 for seven.

While Boyce was patient during her 90-ball knock, Bissoon was more aggressive, striking five boundaries in her 29-ball innings.

Their late heroics allowed T&T to clear 200 and post a formidable total.

In their run chase, Guyana lost five wickets for only 18 runs, to collapse from the comfort of 72 for one to 90 for six.

Felicia Walters and Anisa Mohammed were the main destroyers, with each claiming three wickets to quickly turn the contest into a lopsided victory for T&T.

In the final game, Jamaica posted the day's highest total of 236 for eight from their 50 overs.

Chinelle Henry led the way scoring 54, Natasha McClean added 40, while Stafanie Taylor and Jodian Morgan each made 31.

And while the Windwards did well to recover from 69 for eight, they were never in a position to pose a serious threat to their victory target.

Jamaica benefited from contributions from each of their top six batters, with all of them getting starts.

And even though there was a slight wobble in the lower order, Jamaica were still able to post a formidable total.

Afy Fletcher was the pick of the Windwards' bowlers, grabbing 3-34 from her 10 overs.

Vanessa Peters then wrecked the Windwards' middle order, grabbing four wickets for just 25 runs to cripple any potential run chase.

It took an unbeaten 47 from Pearl Etienne to get the Windwards to a respectable total, with the 37 extras which Jamaica conceded being the next -ighest contributor to the total.

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