Kirby strikes 85* in WI Women’s second practice game


An unbeaten 85 from Lee-Ann Kirby helped Team Dottin secure a 26-run victory over Team Selman in the West Indies Women’s second practice match at the Incora County Ground.

Kirby along with her captain Deandra Dottin posted 55 runs in 9.2 overs before Dottin fell to Shabika Gajnabi for 29. The remaining batters looked on as Kirby smashed the bowlers around for seven fours and three sixes, as Team Dottin posted 132-5 from their 20 overs. Hayley Matthews was the pick of the bowlers for Team Selman, finishing with figures of 2-31 from her four overs.

In their chase, 27 seemed to be the figure for Team Selman, as Hayley Matthews, Chinelle Henry and Shabika Gajnabi all registered the same score with the bat.

Team Dottin’s bowlers stifled the scoring of Team Selman. Shamilia Connell was the best bowler for Team Dottin, finishing with figures of 2-18 from her four overs.

After the match Dottin said: “These two practice matches felt good to be back out in the middle playing competitive cricket. Personally, it was nice spending some time at the crease after such a long layoff. Generally, we are all looking and feeling good, after the last couple weeks of training. So we’re just looking forward now to starting the series on Monday and put all that hard work into action.”

MATCH SCHEDULE Vitality T20I Series:

Monday September 21:             1st Vitality IT20, England v West Indies

Wednesday September 23:      2nd Vitality IT20, England v West Indies

Saturday September 26:          3rd Vitality IT20, England v West Indies

Monday September 28:            4th Vitality IT20, England v West Indies

Wednesday September 30:       5th Vitality IT20, England v West Indies

FULL SQUAD: Stafanie Taylor, Deandra Dottin, Shemaine Campbelle, Afy Fletcher, Hayley Matthews, Shamilia Connell, Britney Cooper, Chedean Nation, Natasha McLean, Chinelle Henry, Aaliyah Alleyne, LeeAnn Kirby, Sheneta Grimmond, Karishma Ramharack, Shabika Gajnabi, Cherry-Ann Fraser, Kaysia Schultz

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