Shaquana's bounce back ability
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados - Leg-spinner Shaquana Quintyne’s turned in a career-best bowling display to help West Indies to a superb victory over England by 11 runs in the Women’s T20 International Tri-Series on Friday night.
Backed by a large and colourful crowd – including her mother, father and twin sister – the 17-year-old ended with an impressive 5-16 off her four overs to spark celebrations on and off the field at Kensington Oval.
England ended on their 20 overs 129-9 after West Indies made 140-6 off their 20 overs. West Indies now have two wins and lead the points table on eight points from two matches. England have one win on four points while New Zealand have lost both their matches.
Quintyne was delighted with her bowling performance. In the opening match against New Zealand on Monday night she was below her best but bounced back in style on Friday night.
“I had a bad game against New Zealand so I had to bounce back and that was my motivation to come out here and bowl the way I did. I knew I had to control the run rate and keep things tight. When the captain gave me the ball she told me to be confident and do what I do best. I’m just happy I was able to do the job,” Quintyne said.
West had moments of brilliance in the field. The highlight was a brilliant one-handed catch at extra cover by Juliana Nero off Quintyne to get the key wicket of Charlotte Edwards as the momentum shifted towards West Indies.
“That was the catch! I’m speechless words can’t really explain what she did,” said Quintyne. “It was just what we needed at that stage in the match. We talked quite a lot about the key moments in the game and how we just had to stage focussed and not panic. England got a good start but we did not panic. We kept our heads.”
In the first half of the match the West Indies batters dominated and posted the high score of the tournament so far. Stafanie Taylor (40) provided the ideal platform as she added 50 for the second wicket with left-hander Kyshona Kinght (28).
After that Stacy Ann King cracked 28 from 10 balls as she marked a successful return to international cricket, while Deandra Dottin blasted three sixes in 32 from 19 balls.