Matthews devastates Leeward Islands with 7-27 – Jamaica trounce Windward Islands by 80 runs

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By Brandon Corlette

Twenty-year-old Windies vice-captain, Barbados captain Hayley Matthews, had a career best dream spell of 7-27 in 8.4 overs at the Everest Cricket Club ground on Sunday last.
In the Barbados Team’s encounter against a jaded Leeward Islands team — which were bowled out for 88 in 27.4 overs — Leeward Islands captain Shawnisha Hector won the toss under clear early morning skies, and opted to bat first.
Watched by a handful of spectators, opening batters Malissa Howard and Jenisen Richards went out to commence the innings against the Barbados side. The first Leeward Islands wicket fell at 25-1, when Richards was out caught behind by Shaunte Carrington for five.
It then became the Hayley Matthews-show, and wickets tumbled at regular intervals as the Leeward Islands team found themselves mesmerised by the Bajans.
Two of the Leeward’s batters achieved double figures, Malissa Howard scoring 13 while Tiffany Thorpe scored an unbeaten 11. Barbados produced 21 extras in their demolition bowling job, as the chief wrecker, Hayley Matthews, grabbed 7-27. Shakira Selman, Danielle Small and Shaunte Carrington had one wicket each.
In hot pursuit of the relatively small target of 89, Deandra Dottin smashed an unbeaten 34 from 14 balls, which included four boundaries and two sixes. Player of the Match, Hayley Matthews, hit a blazing 23 from 18 balls, which was decorated with five classy boundaries as she rubbed salt in the wounds of the Leeward Islands players, and caused Barbados to complete a comprehensive seven-wicket win.
Jamaica v Windwards Islands
In the other encounter, played at the Georgetown Cricket Club ground at Bourda, Jamaica won by 80 runs against the Windward Islands. Asked to bat first by Windward’s captain Afy Fletcher, the Jamaicans scored 236-8 in their 50 overs.
Batting at number six, Chinelle Henry top scored with 54, while useful contributions came from Natasha Mc Clean (40), Stafanie Taylor (31) and Jodi-Ann Morgan (31). Bowling for the Windward Islands, Afy Fletcher picked up 3-34 on the slow turner at Bourda.
In reply, the Windward Islands stumbled to 156 all out in 46.3 overs. Pearl Etienne, with an unbeaten 47, was the only resistance coming from the Windward’s team. Bowling for Jamaica, Vanessa Watts took 4-25 from her quota of 10 overs, and Chinelle Henry took two wickets in Jamaica’s complete bowling performance that saw a maximum 37 extras conceded.
The matches will continue from Tuesday March 19. Barbados will meet Windward Islands at the National Stadium, Trinidad and Tobago will play Leeward Islands at GCC, and Guyana will play Jamaica at Everest Cricket Club.