Cricket Lovers steal show

shadiasimpson, shadiasimpson@nationnews.com

Added 03 April 2013

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Teams from Trinidad and Tobago dominated the 12th edition of the West Indies Women Windball Cricket Festival which finished in darkness on Easter Monday at 6:40 p.m at the Victor Houston playing field. Cricket Lovers won the final on a faster scoring rate against Combine Forces in an all-Trinidad affair. The 12-over final, slated to start at 4 p.m. did not get going until after 5 p.m. Combine Forces batted first and were restricted to 47 for seven off the full quota of overs. Cricket Lovers were 36 for nine in 8.5 overs when the match came to a premature end. West Indies star player Deandra Dottin topscored for Combine Forces with 16. Unica Rosemond was the pick of the bowlers for Cricket Lovers with three wickets for 11 runs from her three overs. In rapidly fading light, what looked to be a simple target for the Cricket Lovers proved to be a mountain as their players never came to grips with the penetrative bowling of the Combine Forces. However, at critical times, their bowling lacked discipline and they conceded 11 extras – the eventual top score of the innings. Dottin also again proved a handful, as she sent back three batsmen for 10 runs from her three overs. Alica Marquis chipped in with two wickets for 10 runs. Even with all the streetlights around the ground burning brightly plus one portable generator light set at the southern end glowing to perfection, two Cricket Lovers’ batsmen decided they simply could no longer continue, bringing an abrupt end to the final. Earlier, in semi-final action, Cricket Lovers beat fellow Trinidadians Tamana United by five wickets, while Combine Forces defeated Brooklyn United by 21 runs. (LY)

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