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Stafanie Taylor Leads Jamaica To Victory
KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC):
June Ogle captured the headlines with a half-century to lead Guyana to a comfortable 69-run victory over Grenada in the first round of the Regional Women's Twenty20 Tournament yesterday.
A typically astute, all-round performance from Stafanie Taylor earned hosts Jamaica a 64-run victory over St Lucia, strong batting and steady bowling helped Trinidad & Tobago topple St Lucia by 93 runs; and an effective bowling spell from Shaquana Quintyne allowed Barbados to crush Dominica by nine wickets.
Ogle, the Guyana captain, collected three fours in 56 from 59 balls, anchoring her side to 119 for six from their 20 overs, after choosing to bat in the morning game at Chedwin Park.
She put on 59 with fellow West Indies Women's player Tremayne Smartt and was the glue that held the innings together before she was bowled by Akcina Peters with the penultimate ball of the innings.
Smartt made 27, but no other Guyanese batter passed 20, as Peters led Grenada's bowling with 3-24 from her four overs.
Joann Vansertima then grabbed 3-5 from 2.1 overs, Prudence Williams snared 3-7 from her four overs and Smartt scalped 2-11 from four overs, bowling the Guyanese to victory with 17 balls remaining, as no Grenadian batter reached double figures.
Taylor, the World No.1 and the current ICC Women's Player of the Year, followed up her solid batting with 3-9 from three overs, triggering a collapse, as hosts Jamaica also completed a lopsided victory over the St Lucians in the second game at Kensington Park.
Roshana Outar supported with 3-12 from her four overs and there were two wickets apiece for Vanessa Watts and West Indies Women's all-rounder Shanel Daley, as none of St Lucia's batters passed 20 and they were dismissed for 72 in 19.5 overs, chasing 137 for victory.
Taylor had made 33, but Daley hit the top score of 34, leading Jamaica to 136 for five from their 20 overs, after they elected to bat.
The Jamaicans were cruising at 122 for two before Teadie Crawford snatched 2-9 from two overs, slowing them down in the closing overs.
Great bowling from t&t
Tight T&T bowling had strangled SVG in the first game at Kensington and the Vincentians could only muster 65 for four from their 20 overs, after being set a challenging 159 for victory.
Alisa Mohammed was the most successful T&T bowler with 2-11 from four overs, but Juliana Nero, the West Indies Women's batter, hit the top score of 32 for SVG, but no other batter passed 20.
Earlier, West Indies Women's duo of Britney Cooper, 36 not out, and Deandra Dottin with 36 led T&T powerful batting to 158 for three from their 20 overs, after they decided to bat.
Amanda Samaroo hit 31 and fellow opener Lee Ann Kirby made 29, giving T&T an opening stand of 63 before they were dismissed in the space of six deliveries between the 12th and 13th overs.
But Dottin came to the crease and belted two fours and one six from 16 balls, putting on 48 for the third wicket with Cooper and propelling T&T to the biggest total of the day before she departed.
Danielle Small was not out on 30, as Barbados started life without Dottin with a
facile victory, chasing down a meagre target of 41 with 71 balls remaining.
Quintyne had undermined Dominica's batting with 4-9 from her four overs, after the Dominicans opted to bat in the first game at Chedwin Park and were bowled out for 40 in 19.1 overs.
Veteran Pamela Lavine grabbed 2-3 from 3.1 overs, as no Dominican batter reached 10.
The tournament continues today: Barbados face Jamaica in the morning match (10:00) at Kensington Park, where Guyana and T&T meet in the later game (2 p.m.), while SVG play Grenada at Chedwin Park in the morning (10:00) before Dominica tackle St Lucia in the afternoon (2:00).