Trinidad and Tobago Red Force Divas’ batting woes continued, as they slumped to their second consecutive loss in the Cricket West Indies (CWI) Twenty20 (T20) Blaze tournament, at Sabina Park Jamaica yesterday.
The defending champions were in a must win encounter against Barbados to keep their hopes of defending their title alive, but it was not to be and the T&T team struggled with both bat and the ball in the third round of matches played. They only managed 92 for 5 in their 20 overs, which Barbados knocked off easily in 15.4 overs.
T&T skipper, Merissa Aguilleira proposed that her team, though well prepared for the tournament, have not been able to find the necessary aggression for the T20 format. “Apparently our aggression went to sleep, and we have so much patience and I think leading into the 50 overs that will be good for us, but it’s definitely not for T20. Hard luck, we were prepared, but we just couldn’t execute.”
She commended Cooper for her knock and said her team would still stay focused and hope to finish in the top three. “Britney came in in the middle and did really well, she batted well, ran well between the wickets and I think that’s exactly what we needed, some kind of aggression,” she said. “At the end of the day we want to make sure we stay close to the top of the table, we know first and second place are definitely gone, but after all, according to how the other games play off, we have a chance of staying in the top three.”
Barbados won the toss and opted to bowl first. The decision seemed to pay off, with T&T losing three quick wickets inside the first half of the innings. Shania Abdool was the first to go, caught off the bowling of Shanika Bruce for 4. Reniece Boyce followed an over later, caught and bowled by Shamilia Connell for 10 and Stacy-Ann King was the third wicket to fall early, getting caught lbw to Deandra Dottin for 2.
Cooper showed her experience though and kept the runs flowing while steadying the T&T innings and getting them to a respectable total of 92 for five at the end of their 20 overs. Her innings of 47 included five fours and came off 46 balls. She eventually fell to Connell in the penultimate over.
In reply, Barbados made very light work of the small total, racing to their target in 15.4 overs. The Bajan opening pair of Hayley Matthews and Danie Small made their intentions clear from ball one, with Matthews in particular being very aggressive. She cleared the ropes twice in the first two overs, dispatching Lee-Ann Kirby’s second ball of the innings for six, and then following it up with a four the very next ball.
Kirby’s first over would go for 15 and Aguilliera no doubt hoped that veteran WI off-spinner, Anisa Mohammed would clean up, but Mohammed soon found herself under attack as well. Mohammed’s first over went for 13, with Matthews clearing the straight back boundary while also getting a four in that over.
Matthews was eventually caught off the bowling of Shenelle Lord for 39 (23 balls), but Barbados were already more than half way home at that point. Dottin joined Small in the middle and the two kept the score ticking over effortlessly as none of the T&T bowlers beside Lord seems to have a response for their aggression. Lord was the pick of the T&T bowlers, grabbing three wickets; Matthews (39), Dottin (14) and Kycia Knight (2). She finished with figures of three for 17 off her four overs.
Speaking after the match, Barbados captain, Shakera Selman commended her team for their ability to execute in every match thus far, but acknowledged that they would not be relaxing anytime soon with Guyana and Jamaica still to come.
“I think we should be a lot more confident now, but we can’t be complacent. Guyana also defeated Trinidad easily and we know what to expect when we face Guyana. We have to play every game hard and hopefully we can improve as the tournament goes on,” said Selman.
Asked what has been the difference for Barbados this year, given that their team is largely unchanged, she said the team work and WI player contributions have been the highlight of their tournament thus far.
“This year we are really trying to work as a team and we are really asking the WI players to put their hands up. This year we are missing Kyshona (Knight) so we know someone has to double up for her. I think Hayley really put her hand up today and really put Trinidad on the back foot.”
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Also in action yesterday, Jamaica brushed Leeward Islands aside to record their 3rd straight victory in the tournament and putting them on course for the title. The Leewards were bundled out for 68 in 20 overs with Eldora Sylvester top-scoring with 13. Vanessa Watts claimed 5/9 and Chadean Nation had 3/15.
Nation returned with the bat to score an unbeaten 28, with Jamaica and WI captain Stafanie Taylor hitting 19 as Jamaica responded with 70/3 in 12 overs.
In reply, Juliana Nero and Stacy-Ann Adams gave Windwards just the impetus they needed to start. In high contrast to past innings, both were very attacking and kept within range of the run rate at every point. Nero lost her opening Partner in Rachel Cyrus early, caught by wicket-keeper Campbell off the bowling of Erva Giddings, but Nero and Adams combined to give their side hope.
Nero was eventually run out for 34 with the score on 40, but Adams kept going and contributed 23 before she was bowled by Akaze Thompson. Edelyn Thurtin provided a quickfire 21 off 10 deliveries to reduce the deficit for Windwards and despite losing Quiana Joseph and Nerissa Crafton in quick succession, Carena Noel and Aria Fortune held on to bring it home with 3 balls to spare.
Scores: Trinidad and Tobago 92/4 (20 overs) (Britney Cooper 46; Shamilia Connell 2-17) lost to Barbados 93/4 (15.4 overs) (Hayley Matthews 39, Hayley Matthews 22; Shenelle Lord 3-17)
Leeward Islands 68/10 (20 overs) (Eldora Sylvester 10; Vanessa Watts 5-9) lost to Jamaica 70/3 (12 overs) Chedean Nation 28, Stafanie Taylor 19)
Guyana 121/5 (20 overs) (Shemaine Campbell 61, Akaze Thompson 20; Pearl Ettienne 2-19) lost to Windward Islands 122/8 (19.3 overs) (Juliana Nero 34, Stacy-Ann Adams 23, Edelyn Thurtin 21; Tremaine Smartt 2-26)
Starblazers Stay On Course for Title Defense
Natasha McLean’s unbeaten 72 helped UDECOTT North Starblazers to their second consecutive victory in as many days, keeping them on course for a possible successful title defense.
Coming up against LCB Sharks at the National Cricket Center, Couva, last night, Starblazers were sent in to bat and got off to a flyer immediately. The opening pair of skipper Lee-Ann Kirby and Rachel Vincent took advantage of some loose balls by the Sharks to catapult their score to well over 10 runs an over by the 4th over. The sharks pulled things back a bit by the 10th, after removing Kirby in the 6th over for 15 and Jodian Morgan before she could face a ball, but Vincent was soon joined by McLean and the two helped to take their team’s total to 155 at the end of their 20 overs. The score is the highest of the tournament thus far after they successfully chased 153 set by Trident Sports Phoenix the night before.
McLean’s unbeaten 72 came off of 47 balls, while Vincent contributed 42 off 41 balls.
In reply, Sharks lost three early wickets with Felicia Walters (5), Kamara Ragoobar (2) and Shari John (0), all falling inside the powerplay. It gave their middle order a bit too much work to do and they eventually lost by 21 runs despite fighting innings from WI wicket-keeper bat Shemaine Campbell and Jamaican, Chinelle Henry who both contributed 43 runs each. Jodian Morgan and Alice Collins were the pick of the Starblazers bowling, grabbing 2 wickets a piece.
In the other match played last night, TECU Titans recorded their first win of the tournament, beating Trident Sports Phoenix by 60 runs. Their first match against LCB Sharks was called off due to a wet outfield.
Titans skipper, Britney Cooper led from the front, smashing 76 off 43 balls before she was bowled by Stephanie Ragoonath. WI all-rounder, Deandra Dottin chipped in with a quickfire 27 from 13 balls. Karishma Ramharack was the pick of the Trident Sports Phoenix bowlers, grabbing 3/28 off 3.3 overs.
In reply, Trident Sports never looked to be in it at any point, losing wickets at regular intervals, thanks to tight bowling from Rosemary Samaroo who grabbed three wickets for just 5 runs in her four overs. Reniece Boyce scored a patient 27 off 27 deliveries for Trident Sports Phoenix bu she received no support form the other end and her side was eventually bowled out for 89 runs in 18.4 overs, to hand TECU Titans victory by a 60 run margin.
Trident Sports Phoenix vs TECU Titans
Tridents won the toss and elected to field
Tecu South Titans won by 60 runs
Player of the match: Britney Cooper
149 all out (19.3 overs)
Reniece Boyce- 27 off 27 balls b Grimmond
Rosalie Dolabille 13 off 14 balls run out (Deandra Dottin)
Karishma Ramharack 3.3-28-3
Stacy-Ann King 4-27-2
Shanmatee Nowrang 3-20-1
Trident Sports Phoenix
89 all out (18.4 overs)
Britney Copper 76 b Ragoonath
D. Dottin 27 b Ramjharack
Rosemary Samaroo 4-5-3
Patrina Walcott- 3-12-2
Deandra Dottin 2-10-1
LCB Sharks won the toss and elected to Field First
UDECOTT Starblazers won by 21 runs
Player of the match: Natasha McLean was named
155 for 6 (20 overs)
Lee-Ann Kirby 15 c Bissoon b Mohammed
Rachel Vincent 42 c Perera b Ragoobar
Natasha McLean 72 n.o
Anisa Mohammed 1/20 (4 overs)
Kamara Ragoobar 2/29 (4 overs)
Leandra Ramdeen 2/18 (4 overs)
LCB Sharks 134/7 in 20 overs
Starblazers vs Sharks
LCB Central Sharks
Shemaine Campbell 43 st McLean b Collins
Chinelle Henry 43 n.o
Akaze Thompson 21 c Samaroo b Collins
Alice Collins 2/23 (4 overs)
Jodian Morgan 2/19 (4 overs)
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Rachel Vincent Blasts Starblazers Home
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The Courts Women’s T20 Grandslam Franchise Tournament blasted off last night with action between UDECOTT Starblazers and Trident Sports Phoenix at the National Cricket Center (NCC) Couva. The other scheduled match between LCB Sharks and TECU Titans was called off however due to a wet outfield at the FCB Clarke Road Ground. Both teams will share points from that match.
Spectators who turned out to watch the match at NCC were not disappointed though as they were treated to some exciting cricket that saw scores in excess of 150. Starblazers won the toss and elected to field first in a decision that would pay off in the end as they eventually won the match by seven wickets.
Led by WI all-rounder Stacy Ann King, Phoenix struggled to get a good start, losing three wickets by the 5th over. But King and WI wicket-keeper batswoman, Reniece Boyce consolidated to steady the ship for their side. Boyce was stumped in the 14th over off the bowling of Alice Collins for 18, but King continued on to lead her side to a formidable total of 153 at the end of their 20 overs. She was not out on 78 from 61 balls.
Starblazers skipper, Lee-Ann Kirby was the pick of the bowlers, finishing with figures of 4/21 from her four over allotment.
The total seemed to be a formidable one, but T&T senior batswoman, Rachel Vincent was up to the task. Vincent smashed 83 from 63 balls to lead her team to victory with 5 balls to spare. She was named player of the match for her match winning performance.
Speaking after the game, Kirby commended her team for coming out and executing their game plan as they look to defend their title. “We just need to work hard, practice, be more relaxed and stay positive in our matches.” she said. Kirby also thanked the sponsors and fans for their support and urged more people to come out to the matches.
For her team’s part, King lamented the poor fielding she believes was responsible for their loss, but believes her team can bounce back today as her players have the potential to be match winners.
“To be selected to a franchise team you have to have something about you. The players have the potential so its a matter of all of us correcting the wrongs we did today (yesterday) and looking forward to tomorrow (today).”
Matches continue today with UDECOTT Starblazers meeting LCB Sharks at NCC, while TECU Titans will play Trident Sports Phoenix at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy. Both matches start at 7pm. Entrance is free.
Udecott North Starblazers Won By 7 wickets
Udecott North Starblazers won toss and decided to field
Trident Sports Phoenix Udecott North Starblazers
Tridents Sports Pheonix
Stacy King 78* off 61 balls
Shamilia Connell 20 off 19 balls St McClean b L. Kirby
Reniece Boyce 18 off 21 balls St McClean b Alice Collins
L. Kirby 4-21-4
Alice Collins 4-17-1
Udecott north Starblazers
R. Vincent 83* off 63 balls
J. Morgan 30 off 15 balls c Smartt b King
S. Gajnabi 16* off 13
S. Ragoonath 4-20-1
S. Connell 3-18-1
S. Ramharack 4- 35-1
Man of the Match: Rachel Vincent
Shania Abdool Thrilled about WI Call
At 18-years old, Shania Abdool is no stranger to cricket, but being called up to a West Indies Women training camp in her debut senior year was something she didn’t expect, even given her recent fine run of form. “It’s quite pleasing to have been called up to the WI training squad, it’s a really amazing opportunity,” said Abdool.
Abdool had a stellar year with the bat, helping T&T to the U19 Regional title as well as her School Zone – South, to the Secondary Schools Cricket League title. She also had a standout season with her club, Players Sports Club and impressed with the bat during the CWI Women’s Regional Championships this year.
Her inclusion in the training camp therefore, is just reward for a very successful season. Twenty players are currently encamped in Antigua, with Abdool being one of three having their maiden experience.The others are Aria Fortune of Grenada and Sheneta Grimmond.
The West Indies Women are currently preparing for the first stand alone ICC Women’s World T20 Tournament which the WI will be hosting in November. A mix of new and senior players were called, with Shemaine Campbell, who had a standout CWI T20 Blaze tournament being included. Players with previous WI stints such as Natasha McClean and Chinelle Henry were also included.
Speaking with CWESN, the 18-year old, Abdool who hails from Princess Town in Trinidad says she sees the call up as just another opportunity to represent her country and make her family and friends proud. And, despite her age, she believes she has what it takes to make the West Indies Women’s team, and is prepared to do the work to get there.
“My cricket is definitely going to improve and getting this opportunity makes me want to work harder to achieve my goals,” she said. Those goals include actually making the team of course and Abdool hopes that the hard work, dedication and trust in God which have gotten her this far, will be enough to get her there.
The players currently encamped in Antigua are as follows:
Merissa Aguilleira, Deandra Dottin, Kycia Knight, Hayley Matthews, Shakera Selman, Shamilia Connell, Shemaine Campbell, Shania Abdool, Sheneta Grimmond, Afy Fletcher, Chedean Nation, Shabika Gajnabi, Ariel Fortune, Chinelle Henry, Natasha McClean, Anisa Mohammed, Britney Cooper, Karishma Ramharack, Quiana Joseph, Akeira Peters
The camp which started on July 2 will conclude on July 16. The majority of the players will then travel to Trinidad and Tobago to participate in the upcoming Courts Franchise Tournament beginning on July 18.
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