ROSEAU, Dominica -- The invincible women of Caribbean Women's cricket, Jamaica, nailed their fifth Regional Women's Super50 title by blowing away Guyana by 218 runs in the final of the tournament at Windsor Park on Wednesday.
Guyana finished as runners-up in the competition, Trinidad and Tobago placed third, defeating Barbados at Botanical Gardens. It brought an exciting tournament to an end in quite entertaining fashion.
FINAL (JAMAICA v GUYANA): Natasha McLean did it with the bat and Vanessa Watts did it with the ball as Jamaica rose to their best to take the 2014 edition of the Regional Women's Super50. McLean fell just short of a century while Watts took a five-for.
After being put into bat first, Jamaica put up a mammoth 309/7 from their 50 overs. The Jamaican openers put on an opening stand of 51 runs but quickly slipped to 83/2. It was at that time McLean and Chinelle Henry met in a 77-run partnership.
McLean struck 96 runs from just 94 balls, hammering eight fours and as many sixes along the way. Through her and Henry, Jamaica had recovered from a slow start. At the other end, Henry scored 85 runs from 87 balls, hitting 12 fours during her stay at the crease. Hasena Mohammed, Phaffiana Millington and Akaze Thompson all took two wickets each.
Guyana struggled in their chase being reduced to 36/3 just after the 15-over mark. In addition to their scoring rate being slow, they continuously lost wickets along the way. Watts was the main destroyer that ripped through the Guyanese batting line-up. She would finish with 5-21 as Guyana were bowled out for 91 runs in 32.4 overs.
Jamaica won by 218 runs, claiming and defending their Regional Women's Super50 crown.
Jamaica Innings: 309/7 (50 Overs). Natasha McLean 96, Chinelle Henry 85, Chedean Nation 42, Jodian Morgan 38; Hasena Mohammed 8-0-50-2, Phaffiana Millington 10-0-66-2, Akaze Thompson 8-0-61-2, Heema Singh 6-0-29-1.
Guyana Innings: 91 All Out (32.4 Overs). Hasena Mohammed 19*, June Ogle 17, Kavita Yadram 15, Katana Mentore 10; Vanessa Watts 8.4-0-21-5, Alecia Bookal 5-1-17-2, Natasha Mclean 3-0-5-1, Stephanie Taylor 5-0-20-1.
MAJOR CONSOLATION FINAL (BARBADOS v T&T): Trinidad and Tobago finished 3rd after a clinical victory over Barbados in the 3rd/4th Place Playoff match at Botanical Gardens. Both teams were beaten in the semi-finals of the tournament.
After being out in to bat first, T&T lost an early wicket but bounced back to get their innings on track. Opener Amanda Samaroo was patient in her approach, scoring 23 runs from 80 balls. By and large, it was a slow scoring innings from T&T as the Trinis scored 183/6 from their 50 overs. It was Stacy Ann King who muscled the ball around, striking 63 runs from 65 balls to propel the innings. Britney Cooper made 38 runs from 65 balls, striking four boundaries.
Barbados in response also lost an early wicket and continued to lose wickets throughout the chase. T&T were led in the field by their skipper, Anisa Mohammed, who picked up 3-11 from nine overs. Deandra Dotton top scored for the Bajans with 31 while Kycia Knight scored 28 runs. Barbados were bowled out for 107 runs in 33 overs, handing T&T a 76-run victory.
Trinidad & Tobago Innings: 183/6 (50 Overs). Stacy Ann King 63, Britney Cooper 38, Amanda Samaroo 23, Anisa Mohammed 20; Aaliyah Alleyne 9-0-35-3, Danielle Small 6-0-17-1, Shamillia Connelle 8-0-27-1, Shaquana Quintyne 10-1-30-0.
Barbados Innings: 107 All Out (33 Overs). Deandra Dottin 31, Kycia Knight 28, Shaquana Quintyne 12, Aaliyah Alleyne 7; Anisa Mohammed 9-0-11-3, Stephanie Ramcharan 9.5-0-25-2, Gaitri Seetahal 6.4-1-26-2, Kirbynia Alexander 4-0-25-1.
MINOR CONSOLATION FINAL (GRENADA v SVG): St Vincent and the Grenadines cemented fifth place in the Regional Women's Super50 tournament by defeating Grenada by seven wickets in the 5th/6th Playoff match at Benjamin Park.
Grenada struggled to put partnerships together after being sent in to bat. They lost wickets consistently along the way after the opening partnership was broken on 23 runs. Debbie-Ann Lewis top scored for the Grenadians with 18 while Rachel Cyrus made 13. Shavorne Clarke and Stacey Ann Adams took four and three wickets each to help dismiss Grenada for 98 all out.
In return, St Vincent and the Grenadines had one stumble along their chase, losing two in the space of two runs after the opening partnership was broken on 32 runs. However, captain Juliana Nero struck an unbeaten 32 to keep her side on course for victory. She would stay there at the end to ensure a seven-wicket victory for her team.
Grenada Innings: 98 All Out (33.4 Overs). Debbie-Ann Lewis 18, Rachel Cyrus 13, Anisha Thomas 11, Akeira Peters 6; Shavorne Clarke 9-2-18-4, Stacey Ann Adams 7-0-23-3, Latoya Providence 7.4-1-8-2, Nyasha Williams 2-0-1-0.
St Vincent & the Grenadines Innings: 99/3 (20.4 Overs). Juliana Nero 32, Shavorne Clarke 13*, Nyasha Williams 12, Stacey Ann Adams 11; Afy Fletcher 7.4-0-35-1, Debbie-Ann Lewis 4-0-21-1, Akeira Peters 6-1-16-0, Rackel Williams 1-0-8-0.