Matthews (7-27) highlights opening round of Women’s Super50


Twenty-year-old Hayley Matthews picked up 7-27 and made 23 to spur Barbados to an emphatic seven-wicket win over Leeward Islands in the opening round of the Colonial Medical Insurance Women’s Super50 Cup at the Everest ground.

In the other games, home team Guyana lost to Trinidad and Tobago by 69 runs at the National Stadium, Providence, and Jamaica trounced Windward Islands by 80 runs at Georgetown Cricket Club.

Leeward Islands won the toss and elected to bat first, but they could only muster 88 all out in 27.4 overs, crumbling to the off-spin of Matthews. Rozel Liburd (25) and Malissa Howard (13) provided the only scores of note.

In reply, Barbados raced to victory at 89-3 in just 12.1 overs with West Indies player Deandra Dottin hitting 34 not out and Hayley offering support.

Liburd took 2-23.

Player-of-the-Match Reniece Boyce receives her award from Naasira Mohammed

Over at Providence, Trinidad and Tobago

Chinelle Henry collects her award from former West Indies fast bowler Reon King

posted 221-7 after Guyana won the toss and opted to bowl first. Reniece Boyce, the eventual Player-of-the-Match, scored an unbeaten 65 and Samantha Bissoon 35 not out.

Erva Giddings (2-34) and Akaze Thompson (2-46) were the wicket-takers for Guyana, who responded with 152 all out. Captain Shemaine Campbelle topscored with 45 and Sheneta Grimmond made 25.

Bowling for Trinidad and Tobago, Felicia Walters took 3-22.

At Bourda, Jamaica piled up 236-8 after being inserted to take first strike, with Chinelle Henry making 54 and Natasha McLean 40. Afy Fletcher took 3-34 for Windward Islands, who made 156 in 46.3 overs.

Pearl Etienne made 47, as Vanessa Watts took 4-25 and Henry 2-17.

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