Jamaica Women Defeat Guyana
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Stafanie Taylor continued in her rich vein of form, leading hosts Jamaica to their third straight victory in the Regional Women’s Twenty20 Tournament, when they strolled past Guyana by 23 runs on Saturday here.
Taylor, the undisputed World No.1 women’s player, struck eight fours in the top score of 49 from 40 balls, anchoring Jamaica to 109 for five from their 50 overs, after they chose to bat in the afternoon match at Chedwin Park. She shared 85 for the first wicket with Jodi-Ann Morgan before her fellow opener retired hurt, triggering a batting slump that saw Jamaica added just nine runs inside the last five overs, when they also lost five wickets.
Morgan made 33 from 43 balls before being stricken with cramps, allowing Tremayne Smartt to finish as the most successful Guyana bowler with 3-21 from four overs and Joann Vansertima with 2-21 from her four overs.
Vanessa Watts and Chadean Nation grabbed early scalps for Jamaica, but Guyana captain June Ogle anchored her side’s batting with 36 from 55 balls without ever taking full control. Shanel Daley put the brakes on a late charge from the Guyanese with 2-16 from her four overs.
The tournament continues on Sunday, when St. Lucia face SVG in the morning at Kensington Park, where Grenada meet Dominica in the afternoon, while Guyana play Barbados at Chedwin Park in the morning before the eagerly-awaited clash in the afternoon between T&T and hosts Jamaica in a repeat of last year’s Regional Women’s Super50 final.