Jamaica need just 129 for victory and place in Women's League final

Kingstown, St Vincent: Jamaica will require 129 off 50 overs for victory when they start batting against St Vincent and the Grenadines in their semi-final of the West Indies Cricket Board’s Women’s 50-Over League. The Jamaicans bowled out the Vincentians side for 128 on a good pitch at Arnos Vale Playing Field 2, on Monday.

It required some powerful hitting from Sheree-Ann John (24 not out) to push the home side to their total. She came in late in the order and smashed two sixes over deep-midwicket and a four. The top score came from opener Juliana Nero, who made 26, while Samantha Lynch chipped in with 17. Jamaica’s bowlers were on the ball.

Left-arm spinner Shanel Daley created a lot of problems taking 2-15 from her 10 overs to halt the scoring at Arnos Vale Playing Field 2. She took the key wicket of captain Cordel Jack, who made 10. Chadean Nation also did a fantastic job with three wickets in seven overs.

In the other semi-final, Trinidad and Tobago recovered from 7-2 early in their innings to post a solid 219-6 off their 50 overs against Barbados at Arnos Vale Playing Field 1. Britney Cooper, the tall, free-scoring right-hander who was last year’s MVP, was tagain the star batter for the defending champions. She withstood the early pressure and then blossomed to make the top score of 62. Experienced left-hander Stacy-Ann King also played well with 54, while captain Anisa Mohammed gave the innings a final push with 19 not out.

The winners of the two semi-finals will meet in the final on Wednesday at Arnos Vale Playing Field 1.