Dottin’s blitz, Matthews’ all-round performance give Barbados 99-run win

CWI T20 Blaze…

– Morgan, McLean half-centuries lead Jamaica to victory

By Brandon Corlette

Deandra Dottin continued from where she left off in the Super50 tournament, when she blasted her way to a player of the match 63 from 23 balls against Leeward Islands as Barbados started the T20 Blaze on a winning note.

Where is Deandra Dottin’s player of the match trophy? (Brandon Corlette photos)

Barbados won the toss, and opting to bat first, mustered up 206-6 in 20 overs. In reply, Leeward Islands fell short by 99 runs, being restricted to 107-5 in 20 overs.
The Bajan openers Hayley Matthews and Danielle Small added 46 runs for the opening wicket partnership. Small was out via the run out route for seven, but Matthews played top cricket shots during her 45 from 23 balls, hitting eight fours and one six.
Kycia Knight (02) fell cheaply, but Dottin entered and announce herself with a boundary off the first ball. In a Jenisen Richards over, the Barbados unit took 36 runs, with Dottin being the dominant force. The eighth over went for 4, 4, 1wd, 5wd, 4, 7nb, 6, 4, 1.

Half-century for Natasha McLean

Dottin followed up that over, taking 20 runs from the 10th over and adding a quick 80 runs for the fourth wicket partnership with Kyshona Knight (08). When Dottin left with the score on 137-4, Aaliyah Alleyne on 14, Charlene Taitt on 35 not out, and Shai Carrington on 14, secured for Barbados a daunting 206-6 in 20 overs. Bowling for Leeward Islands, Amanda Edwards was the pick of the bowlers with 2-24 in four overs, bowling 13 dots.
In Leeward innings, Shebani Bhaskar top-scored with 40 from 41 balls, which proved to be insufficient when the 20 overs expired. Bowling for Barbados, Hayley Matthews had 2-21 in four overs bowling 13 dots, as her team began the T20 Blaze with a 99-run victory.
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Jamaica’s captain Stafanie Taylor won the toss and elected to bat first, scoring 185-2 in 20 overs. The Jamaicans got off to a solid start, with openers Natasha McLean and Jodian Morgan added 123 runs for the opening stand. The duo had a watchful start with the assistance of extras. Windies player Natasha McLean hit the ball cleanly during her 56 from 49 balls, which included five fours and two sixes.
Big-hitting all-rounder Chinelle Henry hit 10 from seven balls, while Stafanie Taylor added the icing on the cake with an unbeaten 19 from nine balls. Jodian Morgan top scored with an unbeaten 72 from 57 balls, which included 10 fours and two sixes. Pearl Etienne had 2-33 bowling for Windward Islands.
In reply, Windwards managed 123-8 in 20 overs, losing by 62 runs; Juliana Nero top-scored with 61 from 48 balls, hitting nine fours and receiving support from Afy Fletcher, who scored 35 in a losing effort. Bowling for Jamaica, fast bowler Chinelle Henry had 2-20 in four overs.
The action will continue today, March 29, with Guyana clashing with the Leeward Islands from 9:00h, Trinidad and Tobago will meet Windward Islands at 14:00h, while Jamaica and Barbados will clash from 19:00h local time at the National Stadium at Providence.