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CWI Women’s T20 Blaze…
In the two fixtures of the CWI T20 Blaze competition scheduled for today, Sunday March 31, 2019, the undefeated Barbados will play Windward Islands from 14:00 hours, while Trinidad and Tobago will play Leeward Islands from 19:00 hours.
The reigning Super50 champions, Barbados, began their Blaze campaign on a winning note — a 99-run victory over Leeward Islands — followed by a nine-wicket win over arch-rivals Jamaica. With such performances, the Barbadians, who play a supreme and fearless brand of cricket, are confident of making it three wins in three matches when they meet Windward Islands.
Barbados has been led superbly by Hayley Matthews, who has made telling statements with both the bat and ball in the T20 Blaze matches thus far. Matthews scored 45, and took 2-21 in the first match; she followed that up with an unbeaten 58 and 4 for 25 in the second match.
The “player of the match” performers for Barbados in the two T20 Blaze matches were Deandra Dottin and Shanika Bruce, who played perfect roles in the respective matches.
Speaking after her “player of the match” performance of 4-16 against Jamaica, the right-arm seamer Shanika Bruce said her Barbadian team mates were surprised when they restricted a batting line-up with Stafanie Taylor and company for below 100 runs. Bruce added that although the Bajans have won every game thus far played, they are hungry to win the T20 Blaze title as well.
Meanwhile, the Bajans’ next opponent, Windward Islands, are led by Afy Fletcher, who has shown improvement in the batting department. Windward Islands are, however, one of the weaker teams in the competition, and the Bajans are confident they could roll them over.
Trinidad and Tobago continued to look a dominant unit, playing with great skill in all the departments of the game. Their next opponent, Leeward Islands, who have not won a match in Guyana this season, will require a miracle to stop the likes of Britney Cooper; Stacy Ann King, who won two “player of the match” awards in as many matches, and the spinners in the team.
The ladies in red — Trinidad and Tobago Red Force — are well led by the experienced Merissa Aguilleira. The Trinis defeated Guyana by five wickets, and outplayed Windward Islands by seven wickets in the rain-affected contest. Trinidad have been defeated only once since the Super50, which came in the final against Barbados. (Brandon Corlette)