Trinidad continued their rich vein of form in this tournament by registering a four-wicket win over the Stafanie Taylor-led Jamaica team at the Everest Cricket Club.
The unbeaten Trinidad team registered their fourth win in as many matches when they restricted Jamaica to 115 all out in 29.5 overs, thanks to Leandra Ramdeen’s 4-35 in 8.5 overs, and Karishma Ramharack who grabbed 3-19 with the ball and took five catches and effected one run-out.
In reply, Trinidad crept to 118-6 in 34.3 overs, thanks to Reniece Boyce and Lee Ann Kirby’s useful knocks after the top order, which included the likes of Windies players Merissa Aguilleira, Britney Cooper and Stacy Ann King, had collapsed for single digit scores.
Earlier, at Everest, the Jamaicans were mesmerised by the Trinidad and Tobago spinners, who had combined figures of 9 wickets for 81 runs in 22.5 overs. The Jamaicans lost opener Rashada Williams for three with the score on 10-1 when she was deceived by Anisa Mohammed.
At one stage the Jamaicans looked far away from reaching the 100-run mark, being reduced to 87-7. Only 24-year-old wicket-keeper, Tameka Standford top scored with 24 in a poor batting display.
The Trinidad Divas, who have the best spin bowling line-up in the competition, saw Leandra Ramdeen finishing with 4-35 after taking 4-12 earlier in the tournament.
She was well supported by her spin colleagues, player of the match Karishma Ramharack and Anisa Mohammed, who captured 3-19 and 2-27 respectively.
In Trinidad’s chase, the batting order collapsed on the hard and spin-friendly Everest pitch. They were reduced to 38-5 after 17.5 overs.
The Jamaicans had their hopes high, but the defiance of vice-captain Reniece Boyce and Lee Ann Kirby, who shared a 67-run partnership for the sixth wicket partners,hip. Kirby stroked an unbeaten 39 from 49 balls, including six boundaries while Boyce hit 31 from 42 balls.
Bowling for the Jamaicans, brisk fast bowler Chinelle Henry continues to eye further Windies selection, grabbed 3-18 from nine impressive overs and two maidens in a losing effort, as Trinidad finished victorious on 118-6 in 34.3 overs.
>>>>Windward Islands v Leewards Islands<<<
In the other encounter, between Windward and Leeward Islands at the Enmore Community Centre Ground. The Leewards were bowled out for 50 in 17.3 overs, with only Amanda Edwards (11) player reaching double figures.
The Windward Islands bowlers shared the wickets among themselves. Player of the match, Swayline Edwards, had 3-12 in 3.3 overs, while the ever consistent Afy Fletcher had 3-16 in four overs with her leg spinners. Pearl Etienne and Akeria Peters had two wickets each in the Windwards’ dominant bowling effort.
In reply, Windward Islands finished victorious on 54-3, winning by seven wickets. Juliana Nero top-scored with 30 from 34 balls, hitting four boundaries in her breezy innings.
The final round of matches in the 50 over leg will continue on Monday March 25. Guyana will play Windward Islands at the Georgetown Cricket Club Bourda, Jamaica will play Leeward Island,, and the match treated as a final between Barbados and Trinidad will be played at Enmore Community Centre ground. All matches are scheduled for 9:30h local time. (Brandon Corlette)