Jamaica clip Leewards, but Barbados claim Women's Super50 title

Senior staff reporter

Monday, June 25, 2018

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Jamaica eked out a win against Leeward Islands yesterday at Melbourne Oval, but had to settle for second place behind Barbados in the 2018 Cricket West Indies Regional Women's Super50 tournament.

Jamaica off spinner Jodian Morgan grabbed 3-26 to help dismiss Leeward Islands for 114 from 38 overs and one ball.

In reply, Jamaica struggled to 115-8 against pacer Tiffany Thorpe, who nabbed 4-36.

Scores: Windward Islands 114 (38.1 overs); Jamaica 115-8 (33 overs).

Jamaica earned a bonus point to add to the standard four for the victory to finish the three-round 50-over competition with 14 points.

Barbados, who beat Trinidad and Tobago by four wickets at Chedwin Park yesterday, ended with maximum 15 points after gaining bonus points in all three of their victories.

Scores: Trinidad and Tobago 223-9 (50 overs); Barbados 226-6 (39.3 overs).

Earlier, at Melbourne Oval, Jamaica won the toss and chose to field first under mostly sunny conditions in the morning.

The Leewards lost their first wicket — Captain Shawnisha Hector (eight) — at 23, and four others followed as they slumped to 32-5.

Terez Parker (19) and Shebani Bhaskar (30) then stemmed the flow of wickets with a partnership of 41 runs for the sixth wicket.

However, Parker's demise reopened the floodgates and despite a 28-run eighth-wicket stand between Bhaskar and Tiffany Thorpe (six), the Leewards were bowled out for 114. Bhaskar was last out in a patiently compiled knock.

Off spinners Vanessa Watts and Stafanie Taylor had 2-15 and 2-18, respectively, to support Morgan. Taylor was bowling for the first time since injuring her shoulder in the preceding Twenty20 competition.

In reply, Jamaica were 25 without loss thanks to openers Natasha McLean and Rashada Williams, but the latter's dismissal triggered a collapse that saw another two wickets fall without the addition of a run.

Williams (12) went when she hit back into the hands of the bowler Thorpe, while the talismanic Taylor and Morgan both went for nought, caught behind the wicket off the same bowler.

Thorpe later got rid of McLean (21) as Jamaica fell to 64-4 in overcast afternoon conditions.

Things got even more tense as the hosts limped to 88-7.

In the end Roshana Outar, with 11 not out, and Neosho-Ann Waisome, unbeaten on one, guided Jamaica to victory.

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