Taylor inspires unbeaten Jamaica to thrilling win
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC):
Jamaica remained unbeaten while inflicting the first defeat on Barbados when they pulled off a narrow three-run victory in the third round of the Twenty20 phase of the Regional Women's Championship on Sunday.
Playing at the Guyana National Stadium, the Jamaicans were powered by an excellent unbeaten half-century from captain and West Indies star Stafanie Taylor, as they reached 126 for four off their 20 overs after opting to bat first.
Taylor, who also struck a half-century in the opening round against Windward Islands, carved out 68 off 49 deliveries with seven fours and a six.
Jamaica were struggling at 45 for three when Taylor joined with Chedean Nation, who scored 23 from 34 balls, to repair the innings in a 68-run fourth-wicket stand.
West Indies all-rounder Deandra Dottin was the best bowler, grabbing three for 18 from her four overs of medium pace.
In reply, Barbados came up short with 123 for six off their 20 overs, with captain Shaquana Quintyne top-scoring with 34, Charlene Taitt getting 23, and Kycia Knight weighing in with 22.
Barbados were stuttering at 44 for three, but were revived by a fourth-wicket stand of 47 between Taitt and Quintyne.
However, they were two of three wickets to perish for the addition of 10 runs as Barbados slumped to 101 for six to see their hopes fade.
Meanwhile, Trinidad and Tobago's revival continued when they beat hosts Guyana by five wickets at the same venue to win their second straight game.
Asked to field, they limited the Guyanese to 63 for eight, with West Indies off-spinner Anisa Mohammed hurting the innings with four for nine from her four overs.
Opener Melanie Henry and West Indies player Tremayne Smartt, both with 14, were the only two to reach double figures.
T&T then cruised to their target off eight overs, with Britney Cooper dazzling briefly with 18 off 10 balls, with a four and a six.
The other game between Windward Islands and Leewards Islands finished in a no-result after rain ended the game prematurely, with the Leewards set to chase a target of 79 off 11 overs.