BLAZE T20: Giddings bowls Guyana to third straight win

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Erva Giddings picked up her third straight Player-of-the-Match award to lead Guyana to victory over Windward Islands in Round Four of the Women’s Blaze T20 tournament on Tuesday at Providence.

Batting first, Guyana made 105-8 with Tremayne Smartt making 40 and Shemaine Campbelle 28. After a fine opening stand of 34, Windward Islands were restricted to 87-8 with Giddings taking 3-16 and Akaze Thompson 2-7.

Fireworks from Deandra Dottin’s bat and good bowling saw Barbados inch closer to copping the title. Barbados secured a seven-wicket victory over Trinidad and Tobago to hand the twin-islanders their first defeat of the tournament.

In a match that saw the top two teams clash for an extended points lead, Trinidad and Tobago would have felt they posted 30 runs short of a defendable total against Barbados, finishing on 136-6 from 20 overs. Thanks to some hard-hitting by Dottin and a 41-run partnership between Kycia Knight and Danielle Small, Barbados chase down the target in 15.3 overs.

In the second match of the day, Jamaica were comfortable winners over the Leeward Islands by 10 wickets. Electing to bat first, the Leewards were bowled out for 61 in 18.4 overs.

Neisha Ann Waisome finished with 3-10 from her four overs. The opening batting pair of Natasha McLean and Jodian Morgan cruised to the target in 6.4 overs.

SUMMARISED SCORES

Guyana defeated Windward Islands by 18 runs. Guyana 105-8 from 20 overs (Smartt 40, Campbelle 28, William 2-21) v Windward Islands 87-8 from 20 overs (Crafton 22, Noel 15*, Giddings 3-16, Thompson 2-7)

Barbados defeated Trinidad and Tobago by seven wickets. Trinidad and Tobago 136-6 from 20 overs (Cooper 31, King 30, Aguilleira 29*, Dottin 2-9, Selman 2-19) v Barbados 137-3 from 15.3 overs (Dottin 52*, Kyshona Knight 33*)

Jamaica defeated Leeward Islands by 10 wickets. Leeward Islands 61 all out in 18.4 overs (Parker 18, Clarke 10, Waisome 3-10, Watts 2-15) v Jamaica 67-0 in 6.4 overs (Morgan 30*, McLean 28*)

Meanwhile, the fifth and final round of matches will take place today (Wednesday) at Providence. Jamaica will face Trinidad and Tobago from 09:00h; Leeward Islands clash with the Windward Islands from 14:00h; and Guyana will take on Barbados from 19:00h.

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