T20 BLAZE: Wins for Guyana, Barbados and T&T
Hayley Matthews and Shanika Bruce pummeled Jamaica with their bowling, taking four wickets apiece as Barbados defeated the defending T20 Blaze champions by nine wickets. The match was one of three played on Friday at the National Stadium, Providence.
Winning the toss, Matthews sent the Jamaicans to take first strike and that decision paid dividends as they could only muster 95 all out in 17.2 overs. Bruce finished with 4-16 and Matthews 4-25. Rashada Williams was the only Jamaican batter to reach double figures.
In the second match of Round Two, Trinidad and Tobago and the Windward Islands had to play a cat and mouse game with mother nature, as rain delayed the start of play. With a match reduced to 14 overs per side, Windwards won the toss and elected to bat first.
After 9.4 overs, the rain came back with the Windwards on 59-3; this caused a further delay and reduction in overs. T&T were then set a revised target of 58 runs from eight overs, which they got due to hard hitting by their batters and poor fielding by the Windward Islands.
Host nation Guyana secured their first win of the T20 Blaze, when they defeated the Leeward Islands by 23 runs. Batting first, Guyana posted 146-7 from their 20 overs.
The Leeward Islands were almost out of it without 100 on the scoreboard, but thanks to a brilliant 10th wicket partnership between Rozel Liburd and Elisa Claxton, they inched close to Guyana’s total before being all out on the last ball of their innings.
Barbados won by nine wickets against Jamaica. Jamaica 95 all out in 17.2 overs (Williams 28*, Bruce 4-16, Matthews 4-25) v Barbados 96-1 from 11.3 overs (Matthews 58*, Dottin 22*).
Trinidad and Tobago won by seven wickets against Windward Islands chasing a revised target of 58 from eight overs. Windward Islands 59-3 from 9.4 overs (Nero 19, Adams 14, Walters 2-15) v Trinidad and Tobago 58-3 from 7.5 overs (King 25, Cooper 20*)
Guyana won by 23 runs against Leeward Islands. Guyana 146-7 from 20 overs (Campbelle 31, Smartt 20, Claxton 2-17) v Leeward Islands 123 all out in 20 overs (Liburd 41, Parker 26, Giddings 3-11, Millington 3-15, Grimmond 3-20).