THE Jamaican women’s team paid the price for a dismal batting performance as they lost to their Guyanese counterparts by 20 runs in a thrilling third round Cricket West Indies Women’s T20 Blaze encounter yesterday at the National Stadium, Providence.
The win, the second in three matches for the Guyanese, now put them in with a chance of winning the title. On the other hand, this second loss for Jamaica, the defending champions, has diminished their chances of retaining the title.
At the outset of the match, the Guyanese, asked to bat first, set the Jamaicans a meagre 115-run target for the loss of eight wickets.
However, the hosts’ bowlers, led by left-arm seamer and player-of-the-match, Erva Giddings (3-13), and Akaze Thomspon (3-16), bowled disciplined lines, claiming three wickets each, to restrict the visitors for just 94 in 18.4 overs. Sheneta Grimmond and Plaffiana Millington chipped in with 2-18, and 1-12 respectively.
As the hosts’ batters took to the pitch, openers Grimmond and Tremayne Smartt had a decent start, adding 61 for the first wicket in 9.4 overs.
Smartt, the former West Indies player, was the leading scorer for the hosts with 44 off 36 balls, counting three fours and two sixes, followed by Grimmond, who racked up 25 of 27 balls, with a four and two sixes.
Thereafter, Vanessa Watts, the off-spinner and medium pacer Chedean Nation, decimated the home team batting lineup, with the duo capturing three wickets each.
Watts, who played a single ODI for the Caribbean side, removed both openers in the space of 12 balls to finish with figures of 3-17.
Those dismissals triggered a slide for the home team, with only Captain Shemaine Campbelle (11), and Shabika Gajnabi (10), managing double digits.
Nation ended with 3-14, while Jodian Morgan chipped in with 1-16.
The target loomed large after the Jamaicans slipped to 4-19 inside the powerplay overs.
Giddings was the chief wrecker upfront. She bowled both openers, Jodian Morgan (1), and Natasha McLean (12), before Plaffiana Millington bowled Nation (1). Giddings then got into the act again when she bowled Rashada Williams without scoring. At that point, Stafanie Taylor and Chinelle Henry then added 49 runs for the fifth-wicket, but after the stand was broken, Thomspon and Grimmond claimed five of the last six wickets.
Taylor ended with 48 off 57 balls with six fours and a six while Henry made 12.
Guyana will be in action again tomorrow evening.