Jamaica blew away Guyana, winning by 218 runs in the final of the Regional Women’s Super50 Championship at Windsor Park, yesterday. The invincible women of Caribbean women’s cricket nailed their fifth regional title. While Guyana finished as runners-up in the competition, Trinidad & Tobago placed third, defeating Barbados at Botanical Gardens. It brought an exciting tournament to an end in quite entertaining fashion.
Natasha McLean did it with the bat and Vanessa Watts did it with the ball as Jamaica rose to their best to take the 2014 edition of the Regional Women’s Super50. McLean fell just short of a century while Watts took five for 21. After being put into bat first, Jamaica put up a mammoth 309/7 from their 50 overs. The Jamaican openers put on an opening stand of 51 runs but quickly slipped to 83/2. It was at that time McLean and Chinelle Henry met in a 77-run partnership.
McLean struck 96 runs from just 94 balls, hammering eight fours and as many sixes along the way. Through her and Henry, Jamaica recovered from a slow start. At the other end, Henry scored 85 runs from 87 balls, hitting 12 fours during her stay at the crease. Hasena Mohammed, Phaffiana Millington and Akaze Thompson all took two wickets each.
Guyana struggled in their chase being reduced to 36/3 just after the 15-over mark. They continuously lost wickets along the way. Watts was the main destroyer that ripped through the Guyanese batting line-up. Guyana were bowled out for 91 runs in 32.4 overs.
Meanwhile, Trinidad and Tobago posted a clinical victory over Barbados in the 3rd-place playoff. After being out in to bat first, T&T lost an early wicket but bounced back to get their innings on track. Opener Amanda Samaroo was patient in her approach, scoring 23 runs from 80 balls.
It was a slow scoring innings from T&T as they scored 183/6 from their 50 overs. It was Stacy Ann King who muscled the ball around, striking 63 runs from 65 balls to propel the innings. Britney Cooper made 38 runs from 65 balls, striking four boundaries.
Barbados in response also lost an early wicket and continued to lose wickets throughout the chase. T&T were led in the field by their skipper, Anisa Mohammed, who picked up three for 11 from nine overs. Deandra Dotton top scored for the Bajans with 31 while Kycia Knight scored 28 runs. Barbados were bowled out for 107 runs in 33 overs, handing T&T a 76-run victory.
JAMAICA 309 for seven off 50 overs (Natasha McLean 96, Chenelle Henry 85, Chedean Nation 42, Jody-Ann Morgan 38; Hasena Mohammed 50-2, Akaze Thompson 61-2, Phaffiana Millington 66-2) vs GUYANA 91 off 32.4 overs (Hasena Mohammed 19 n.o; Vanessa Watts 21-5, Alecia Bookal 17-2) –Jamaica won by 218 runs.
T&T: 183/6 (50 Overs) (Stacy Ann King 63, Britney Cooper 38, Amanda Samaroo 23, Anisa Mohammed 20; Aaliyah Alleyne 35-3, Danielle Small 17-1, Shamillia Connelle 27-1), vs Barbados: 107 all out (33 Overs) (Deandra Dottin 31, Kycia Knight 28; Anisa Mohammed 11-3, Stephanie Ramcharan 25-2, Gaitri Seetahal 26-2)
–T&T won by 76 runs.