GEORGETOWN, Guyana- Hayley Matthews and Shanika Bruce pummeled Jamaica with their bowling, taking four wickets a piece as Barbados defeated the defending T20 Blaze champions Jamaica by 9 wickets.
Winning the toss, Matthews sent the Jamaicans to take first strike and that decision paid dividends as they could only muster 95 all out in 17.2 overs. Bruce finishing with 4/16 and Matthews 4/25. Rashada Williams was the only Jamaican batter to reach double figures.
In the second match of Round 2, Trinidad and Tobago and the Windward Islands had to play a cat and mouse game with mother nature, as rain delayed the start of play. With a match reduced to 14 overs per side, Windwards won the toss and elected to bat first. After 9.4 overs, the rain came back with the Windwards on 59/3, this caused a further delay and reduction in overs. T&T were then set a revised target of 58 runs from 8 overs, which they got due to hard hitting by their batters and poor fielding by the Windward Islands.
Host Guyana, secured their first win of the T20 Blaze, when they defeated the Leeward islands by 23 runs. Batting first, Guyana posted 146/7 from their 20 overs. The Leeward Islands were almost out of it without 100 on the scoreboard. But thanks to a brilliant 10th wicket partnership between Rozel Liburd and Elisa Claxton, they inched close to the Guyana total before being all out on the last ball of their innings.
Barbados won by 9 wickets vs Jamaica
BAR 96/1 (11.3)
Matthews 58* Dottin 22*
JAM 95 all out (17.2)
Williams 28* Howell 9
Bruce 4/16 Matthews 4/25
Shanika Bruce was Player of the Match
TT won by 7 wickets vs Windward Islands chasing a revised target of 58 from 8 overs
WWI 59/3 (9.4)
Nero 19 Adams 14
TT 58 for 3 (7.5)
King 25 Cooper 20*
Fletcher 1/10 Jack 1/14
Stacy Ann King was Player of the Match
Guyana won by 23 runs
LI 123 all out (20)
Liburd 41 Parker 26
Giddings 3/11, Millington 3/15, Grimmond 3/20
GUY 146/7 (20)
Campbelle 31, Smartt 20
Erva Giddings was Player of the Match