T20 Blaze: Trinidad beat Leeward Islands by 36 runs to go third


Trinidad and Tobago earned their first win of the Cricket West Indies CG United Women’s T20 Blaze on Saturday night against Leeward Islands at the National Stadium, Providence.

Being sent in to bat first in the third round contest, Trinidad and Tobago were staring a batting collapse head on. At one stage they were 36-5, their entire top-order back in the dugout courtesy Tiffany Thorpe and Rozel Liburd, who picked up two wickets each.

However, a 53-run sixth wicket partnership between Lee-Ann Kirby and the debutant Djenaba Joseph put life back into the innings. This partnership ensured a total of 108-7, giving their bowlers a decent target to defend.

Kirby was run out for 26 off 25 balls (3x4s) and Joseph ended on 23 off 44 balls (2x4s). Thorpe had figures of 4-0-10-2, while Liburd had 4-0-14-2.

Jenison Richards and interim captain Saneldo Willett were the only Leewards players to reach double figures as the Trinidad and Tobago bowlers were consistent in their line and lengths.

Richards struck two fours on her way to a 32-ball 24, while Willett also struck two fours in 19.

Spinners Karishma Ramharack 4-1-4-3 and Steffie Soogrim 4-0-17-2, had the Leewards caught firmly in their web, as they led Trinidad and Tobago to victory by 36 runs.

In the other third round games, defending champions Barbados romped to a 10-wicket win over Windward Islands and Jamaica defeated Guyana by seven wickets.

Fourth round action is set for Monday with a mega clash between table-toppers Barbados and Jamaica from 10:00h, followed by Windward Islands versus Trinidad and Tobago from 14:30h and Guyana against Leeward Islands from 19:00h.

All matches are being played at the National Stadium, Providence.

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