Tridents overcome Pride by four runs in Iris Walker T20 tournament
Barbados Cricket Association article.
Bridgetown, Barbados - Powerade Angela Harris Tridents beat front-runners MPACT Pat Whittaker Pride by four runs in a thrilling fifth series match of the Iris Walker Memorial Twenty20 tournament.
In a game filled with so much see-saw excitement, one team felt the thrill of victory while the other rolled with agony in their defeat at Bridgefield on Sunday.
Winning the toss, Pride sent the depleted Tridents team in to take first knock. Captain Hayley Matthews knew that she had to play an innings like no other and as in the 50-over game the day before opened with an ever improving Shamilia Connell.
Thirty-two runs came quickly from 4.4 overs before Matthews, who scored at a run-a-ball, was caught by wicket-keeper Rashida Goring off the fourth ball of Danielle Small’s first over for 19 which included one boundary.
In came the Barbados and West Indies all-rounder Deandra Dottin to partner Connell, and she was in a ferocious and no-nonsense mood. Facing her fifth ball, she struck this with such venom for a massive six down to long-on, off Aaliyah A Alleyne’s first over, taking the score to 41 in the sixth over. Five balls later, Connell was lbw to give Small her second wicket. Small ended with two for 26 from her four overs.
Kyann Maynard was next in and Dottin continued her rampant mood, sparing neither Small nor Alleyne as she belted the ball around the ground, running quickly between the wicket and, at one time almost lapped Maynard twice going for three runs as she pushed her to the limit.
In a quickfire 34 off just 19 deliveries which included three fours, two of which were powerfully struck to long-on and another tickled just behind square much to the delight of her teammates and spectators who were enjoying this show, they took the score to 92 off 11 overs.
Captain Pamela Lavine decided that it was time to try to halt the flow of runs and introduced the experienced Jamaican right-arm fast medium bowler Karla Cohen into the attack. Off the first ball of her first over she got her opponent, as Dottin going for yet another massive six to long-on, holed out to Savyair Byron-Toney, who took a brilliant low catch, much to the excitement and appreciation of her teammates and fans.
With Dottin gone and not much left in the tank, Maynard went next after playing a delightful knock of 23 from 25 balls including two fours. She was run out by Alleyne.
After all the fireworks and with the score on 112 for four, with just three wickets left, two of whom were inexperienced players, Sherika Lopez was bowled by baby sister Shalite Lopez off the last ball of the 15th over and three balls later Trudy Thomas was also bowled as Tridents limped to 119 for six off 15.3 overs, leaving Shanika Bruce unbeaten on five from 11 balls.
Pride, needing 120 to win, opened with Danielle Small and Rashida Goring.
They wanted to win this game to move to an unassailable 16 points. In a partnership of 47 runs off just 5.1 overs, Small came to the party showing some of the aggression that was missing from some of her previous innings and powerfully struck two back-to-back boundaries off pacer Connell both to long-off, as well another through midwicket off Maynard’s second over. Unable to stop this flow, captain Matthews brought on herself and she, too, was not spared as Small continued her rampage and struck another set of back-to-back fours off her first over which went for 14 runs.
Hoping for a miracle, she then introduced Shanika Bruce into the attack to help stop the flow of runs and on her first ball, Goring nicked a catch to wicket-keeper Dottin to end on 16 off 14 balls that included two fours.
The hard-hitting Byron-Toney came next but fell on the fifth ball, being comprehensively bowled by Bruce. Alleyne then partnered Small, and Matthews who was disdainfully dealt with by Small got the last laugh, having her lbw for 36 from 30 balls with five fours, with the score on 65 for three in the ninth over. She was followed closely by Alleyne who was bowled by Bruce for nine in the 10th over. Cohen, partnered by Harewood, could only mustor five runs as she was given out lbw to Matthews with the score on 73 for five.
What seemed like a small hill was now becoming a mountain as Lavine came to the crease to lend some experience and stem the slide of wickets. She, along with Krystal Harewood, took the score to 85 in the 13th over before Maynard reintroduced into the attack bowled Harewood for four.
Lavine then could only stare helplessly from the other end as Shanna Thompson was brilliantly stumped by Matthews who resumed her wicket-keeping duties after bowling a spell of two for 27 from her four overs, off Dottin’s first over, with the score moving on to 87 in the 14th over.
Nadia-Rose Hinds and Lavine took the score to seven runs short of the required target before she was lbw to Dottin on the first ball of her third over for 10 runs.
Reeling on 113 for 8 after having such a wonderful start by their openers, the spectators on their feet shouting instructions, a Tante Merle situation emerged as Pride were now down to requiring seven runs with just two wickets in hand. As Small and her teammates stood helplessly at the bottom of, and in the pavilion, Dottin seemed to add some more fire to her bowling for she came in hard and fast and Shalite Lopez was her third victim being out lbw with no addition.
Sade Prescod came to the crease got the first run and with some people shouting 'stop, don’t run', even me thinking Lavine should face the other three balls of the over got a second run through an overthrow. The question now was, could Prescod see out the next three balls and leave it to her captain to finish the innings and bring home the bacon? The answer soon came and Dottin came in with added fire in her eyes and comprehensively bowled Prescod for two from two balls leaving Lavine and her other teammates in a daze as Dottin beat them with both bat and ball as they were bowled out for 115 in 17.4 overs.