By Sean Devers
A destructive unbeaten 75 from West Indies Women’s batsman Deandra Dottin followed up Skipper Hayley Matthews’ 4-25 lead defending Champions Barbados to their fourth consecutive victory with a
five-wicket win over Guyana at Providence in the penultimate round of the Colonial Medical Insurance Female Super50 Tournament.
Off-Spinner Matthews followed her 7-29 against the Windwards with 4-25 and received support from Player-of-the Match Dottin (2-29) and Sherika Selman (2-23) as Guyana were bowled for 159 in 42.3 overs.
Skipper Shemaine Campbell top scored with 40 from 65 balls aided by six fours but only Shabika Gajnabi, who followed her 77 in the last round with three boundaries in 24 reached 20 for the Guyanese who suffered their third loss in four matches.
Dottin, who finished the contest with a six, faced just 55 balls, batted 76 minutes. She reached the boundary 12 times and cleared it once, while Kycia Knight with a 44-ball 45 with eight fours and Matthews (11) got into double figures as Barbados reached 164-5 in just 25.2 overs.
Left-arm pacer Erva Giddings continued her consistent performance with the ball to finish with 2-52, while off-spinner Sheneta Grimmond had 2-23.
Barbados, opted to field on a track with tinge of green on a lightning fast outfield and a fair size crowd of mostly screaming females, saw Grimmond push half-forward to be LBW to Shanika Bruce for duck in the second over at 2-1.
Mandy Mangru looked positive and square drove and cut pacer Shamila Connell for successive boundaries, while Campbelle punched Connell past cover for four as the partnership flourished.
But when on 16 from 19 balls, Mangru tried to work a full toss from Selman behind square and got a top edge to be caught at short square leg to leave the score on 42-2 in the eight over.
Campbelle danced into Matthews, who started with a maiden, and lifted her over mid-on for four before Gajnabi used her feet to the 21-year-old off-spinner, who been playing at this level since she was 12, to hit her back over her head for four.
Campbelle on-drove Connell past mid-on for four before hammering Selman down the ground for another boundary, while Gajnabi smashed Dottin for four more as the pair scored at a fast clip.
But Dottin who bowled a ‘heavy ball’ from a short run-up, broke the 48-run stand when she removed both batsmen in the space of eight runs.
The 27-old induced Campbelle miss a pull at a short ball which kept a bit low and crashed into her stumps before uprooting Gajnabi’s stumps to leave Guyana on 98-4 in 24th over as tight bowling from the versatile Matthews, who won CARIFTA Gold in the Javelin in 2015, put the brakes on the scoring.
The powerful Akaze Thompson (2) struggled to get the ball away before pushing hesitantly forward and was bowled by Selman who also kept the Guyanese in shackles.
Lashuna Toussaint pulled a high full toss from Danielle Small to the mid-wicket boundary but was removed by Matthews at 128 before two wickets fell to Matthews at 130.
Matthews, who captained her school’s Boys team at nine years old, removed Melani Henry (1) and Cherry-Ann Fraser for a duck.
Tremayne Smartt, with a rear guard 19, found a useful partner in Giddings to take Guyana to 157 before Smartt was caught and bowled by Selman before Giddings (9) was last out.
When Barbados began their reply they were in early trouble at 16-2 as Giddings bowled Small (4) at 12-1.
Matthews, who along with Campbelle and Jamaican Skipper Stefani Taylor have scored centuries in this tournament, was troubled by the spin of Grimmond who opened the bowling.
Matthews executed an imperious cover drive off Grimmond for four but miscued a release shot in the same over and was well taken at long-on by Gajnabi and the Guyanese celebrated the demise of Barbados’s leading run scorer.
Grimmond struck again when the left handed Kyshona Knight was caught behind by Campbelle for two with the score on 28-3 and with Matthews gone Guyana were back in the fight.
Dottin, the first woman to score a century in T20Is when she made a 38-ball ton against South Africa in 2010 which
remains the fastest by any cricketer (male or female) in T20Is, joined Kycia, the twin sister of Kyshona, and batted positively.
Although Dottin dominated the stand Knight also played several audacious shots on both sides of the wicket before Dottin cut and reversed swept Mangru for consecutive boundaries as Thompson escorted the ball to the ropes.
Knight tucked Thompson behind square to post the 100 in the 16th over after the 50 came up in nine overs, but when five short of what would been a well-deserved 50, Knight was removed by Thompson at 119-4.
Two runs later, Aaliyah Alleyne was caught behind for a duck off the impressive Giddings at 121-5.
Dottin pounded Giddings for a ferocious boundary after reaching her 50 from 37 balls with nine fours and along with Charlene Taitt (12) saw her team to victory with consecutive boundaries off Thompson, the second one going for six.
Guyana play their final match tomorrow at Bourda when they face the Windwards, but the match of the final round should be at Enmore where Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago face-off in a virtual final.
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