Jamaica and Barbados show depth with big wins in Women's League

Kingstown, St Vincent: Jamaica and Barbados showcased their dominance in Zone A as they soundly beat Dominica and St Lucia in the third and final preliminary round of matches in the West Indies Cricket Board's Women's 50-Over League on Sunday. The Bajans bowled out the St Lucians for 47 and trounced then by eight wickets at Arnos Vale Playing Field 2, while the Jamaican dismissed the Dominicans for 41 in a massive win by 148 runs at Stubbs Playing Field.

In Zone A, St Vincent and the Grenadines had a hard-fought four-wicket win over Guyana before a vocal and supportive home crowd at Arnos Vale Playing Field 1. The other match between Trinidad and Tobago and Grenada was abandoned due to rain at Victoria Park.

After bundling the St Lucians in just 19.4 overs, the Bajans raced to 48-2 off 16.2 overs before lunch to end Zone A with eight points and qualify for Monday’s semi-finals. Captain and fast bowler Shakera Selman was the star player with 5-24 from nine overs, while allrounder Kyshonna Knight took 2-8 from five overs with her medium-pace. The win was Barbados’ second big victory following they 224-run mauling of Dominica on Friday. Coach Vasbert Drakes was pleased with the team’s showing.

“We have very good momentum in the squad. We have been working hard as a team unit and I am pleased with the performances in the last two matches. We didn’t have a very good start in the first match against Jamaica but we bounced back with a very good batting performance against Dominica and a superb bowling display today,” the former West Indies allrounder said.

He added: “We have confidence that we will do well... that we can go all the way and win the tournament. All the bowlers have been doing very well but I’m particularly impressed with Kyshonna Knight. She has put in some good bowling efforts and she is also doing well with the bat. She is one player who has out her hand up and, even though she’s just a teenager, she has showed great maturity and understanding of what is required.”

Jamaica were asked to bat first and rattled up 189 thanks mainly to a last wicket stand of 53 between Roshanna Outar (21 not out) and Peta-gaye Hanson, who made 15. Shanel Daley topscored with 44. After that the Jamaican bowlers went to work with Outar (2-7) and Hanson (2-8) also getting among the wickets. The best bowler was spinner Venessa Watts with 3-2 from three overs.

There was a thrilling finish at Arnos Vale Playing Field 1, as St Vincent and the Grenadines held tin delays to see off Guyana. Cordel Jack played a lead role with two wickets and 21 runs for the home side as they reached 116-6 in the 47th over to win by four wickets. Abena Parker topscored with 48, June Ogle-Thomas made 31 and Tremayne Smartt contributed 20 for Guyana, while the best bowler for St Vincent was Terisha Lavia, who took 3-18 from 8.5 overs.

In the other Zone B match, the Trinis maintained their good performance bowling out Grenada for 71. The best bowler was spinner  Gaitri Seetahal with 3-4 off 6.2 overs, Alisa Mohammed, twin sister of captain Anisa Mohammed, took 2-7 and pacer Shenel Lord grabbed 2-18 with the new ball. The defending champs started their reply and reached 6-1 after two overs, but then the rain came and washed out the rest of the match.

FINAL STANDINGS:
Zone A:
Jamaica 12, Barbados 8, St Lucia 4, Dominica 0.
Zone B: Trinidad and Tobago 9, St Vincent and the Grenadines 8, Guyana 4, Grenada 1.

Upcoming matches on Monday:
Semi-final 1:
Jamaica v St Vincent and the Grenadines at Arnos Vale 2
Semi-final 2: Trinidad and Tobago v Barbados at Arnos Vale 1
Play-off 1: St Lucia v Grenada at Stubbs
Play-off 2: Dominica v Guyana at Victoria Park