Bajan girls trounce St Lucians by eight wickets before lunch

Kingstown, St Vincent: Barbados announced themselves as major title contenders with an emphatic win over St Lucia as the West Indies Cricket Board's Women's 50-Over League continued on Sunday with the third round of matches. The Bajans bundled out the St Lucians for a mere 47 runs off 19.4 overs at Arnos Vale Playing Field 2. They then raced to 48-2 off 16.2 overs to win by eight overs, before lunch to end Zone A with eight points and qualify for Monday's semi-finals.

Barbados 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. Barbados included powerful fast bowler Dawn-Marie Layne, who was called back from England as a replacement for an injured player. She bowled with great pace and swung the ball, but went wicketless. When the Bajans batted, Knight’s twin sister Kycia hit 12, while veteran Pam Lavine made 10 not out.

The win was Barbados’ second big victory following they 224-run mauling of Dominica on Friday. In the other Zone A match, Jamaica reached 167-9 off 42 overs against Dominica. Left-hander Shanel Daley made 44, while captain Stafanie Taylor hit 15.

At Arnos Vale Playing Field 1, Guyana were bowled out for 114 off 42 overs by St Vincent and the Grenadines in a key Zone B encounter. Abena Parker topscored with 48, June Ogle-Thomas made 31 and Tremayne Smartt contributed 20. The best bowler was Terisha Lavia, who took 3-18 from 8.5 overs. The home side will now need to make 115 in 50 overs to reach the semi-finals.

Defending champions Trinidad and Tobago have already qualified for the semi-finals from this zone.The Trinis have maintained their good performance bowling out Grenada for 71 at Victoria Park. 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.