Rain halts Dottin's charge

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Rain ruined West Indies Women’s quest to finish their five-match Twenty20 International series against Sri Lanka on a high when the final contest was abandoned after 18.2 overs here Wednesday.

Winning the toss and batting, West Indies had reached 92 for five when the rains came, ending the game prematurely at the Queen’s Park Oval.

The weather robbed spectators of seeing the climax of a high quality innings from Deandra Dottin who stroked a marvellous unbeaten 52 from 36 balls.

Dottin had struck four fours and one six when the innings was halted abruptly courtesy of the inclement weather.

Opener Juliana Nero fell in the fourth over for one, driving seamer Chamani Seneviratne (3-18) to Yashoda Mendis at cover.

Dottin and Stafanie Taylor, who scored 25 from 39 balls, then put on 30 for the second wicket before West Indies slumped, losing three quick wickets for nine runs in the space of 19 balls to plummet to 53 for four in the 14th over.

Taylor was bowled by Shashika Siriwardena (2-5) in the 11th over before Shanel Daley hit across a straight one in the bowler’s next over, and was lbw for three.

In the next over from Seneviratne, Shemaine Campbelle charged down the wicket and missed a heave and was bowled for one.

Once again, Dottin came to her side’s rescue, dominating a 38-run sixth wicket stand with captain Merissa Aguilleira who scored eight before being lured from her crease by Siriwardena and going stumped in the 18th over.

West Indies took the series 3-1 after winning the first three matches.

Thu, 05/10/2012 - 04:10