Thursday, January 18, 2018

T&T end SA tour with T20 wins

Just as they started their tour of South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago’s cricket women ended it with a pair of T20 wins, condemning hosts Highveld Province to heavy defeats at Sinoville yesterday.

T&T earned their first triumph by six wickets yesterday with their batting order reversed after they were set a small total of 64 for victory in the morning match. T&T also cruised in the evening game, whipping their opponents by 92 runs.

In the first match, T&T won the toss, elected to bat and reduced Highveld Province to 63 for seven in their 20 overs. Off-spinner Gaitri Seetahal and pacer Britney Cooper grabbed two scalps each and Lee-Ann Kirby (medium pace) and spinner Samantha Bissoon got one each. Only Highveld captain Sune Luus, with 18, got past ten runs.

T&T then chased their target successfully, reaching 64 for four despite losing early wickets when their lower order was given a knock first. Kamara Ragoobar topscored with 19 not out.

In the second contest, T&T were inserted and they racked up 175 for five thanks to half centuries from Kirby (56) and Stacy-Ann King (54) in their 20 overs. Seetahal also contributed 25, and Cooper 20.

The home team though, crawled to 83 for seven when they batted, with Cooper taking two wickets to lead the bowling. Luus had the Africans’ best batting with 20, while Nkuli Thabethe struck 17 not out.

T&T rested captain Merissa Aguilleira for the day and were led by vice-captain Shenelle Lord, while the South Africans’ best player, Mignon du Preez—easily the best bat for the South African teams on the tour and the only centurion—was unavailable for the match.