Arnos Vale, St. Vincent – April 26, 2017 – Barbados marched into the Finals while defending champions Trinidad and Tobago kept their hopes of defending their title alive, with wins on a day affected by rain at all three venues.
Barbados Vs. Windward Islands
Barbados secured their spot in the finals with their fourth consecutive victory, this time around against the Windward Islands, at the Arnos Vale playing field. The game was reduced to 27 over per innings. Barbados called correctly at the toss and inserted the host who was immediately in trouble, as they lost their first wicket in the 2nd over. The Windward Islands were tottering on 15 for 6 before Nerrisa Crafton 26 and Quiana Joseph 25 shared a 58 runs 7th wicket partnership that gave their team some hope when they were dismissed for 83 in 24.3 overs. Shamilia Connell 4 for 15 and Shakera Selman 2 for 8 broke the backbone of the Windward Islands batting. Deandra Dottin also took 2 for 16.
The Barbadians got off to a positive start and lost their first wicket in the 7th over with their score on 37. They lost three more wickets before achieving their target, ending on 85 for 4 after 18.5 overs. Kyshona Knight struck 28 not out while Hayley Matthews added 24. Afy Fletcher took her tally of wickets taken in the tournament to 15, with figures of 3 for 19.
Trinidad and Tobago Vs. Jamaica
At the Park Hill playing field, defending champions Trinidad and Tobago kept their hopes alive of booking a spot in Sunday’s Final, with an 8 runs win over Jamaica. Also affected by rain and reduced to 24 overs per innings, Trinidad and Tobago got up to 111 for 8 in their allotment. Reniece Boyce 31, Britney Cooper 19 and Merissa Aguilleira 17 were the principal scorers. Shanel Daley 3 for 15 and Stafanie Taylor 2 for 31 were the most successful bowlers for Jamaica.
Jamaica in reply made a gallant effort to reach the target, but fell short, being dismissed for 103 in 22.4 overs. Chinelle Henry 18, Shanel Daley 17 and Chedean Nation 16 all got amongst the runs. Karishma Ramharack stood out with the ball for Trinidad and Tobago, taking 3 for 10 from 5 overs.
Guyana Vs. Leeward Islands
At the Sion Hill playing field, Guyana recorded their first win of the tournament when they defeated the Leeward Islands by 7 wickets. The Leeward Islands continued to have a miserable time with the bat and were shot out for 41 in 17.4 overs. Only Shawnisha Hector got into double figures with 12. Subrina Munroe 3 for 10, Akaze Thompson 3 for 14 and Tremayne Smartt 2 for 8 did the damage for the Guyanese.
Needing 42 for victory, Guyana got up to 43 for 3 in 15.2 overs. June Ogle was left not out on 14.
The last preliminary round of matches will be played on Friday April 28th. In a winner takes all match up, the Windward Islands clash with defending champions Trinidad and Tobago at the Arnos Vale playing field. The winner of this encounter will meet Barbados in the Finals on Sunday at the same venue.
At the Sion Hill playing field on Friday, Barbados will take on Leeward Islands, while at the Park Hill playing field Jamaica and Guyana will do battle.