A scintillating century by little Barbadian dynamo Deandra Dottin spurred the home team to a 267-run victory over St Lucia Women at Kensington Oval yesterday.
The world record-holder for the fastest hundred in International Twenty20 cricket stroked 139 from 105 balls with 14 fours and four massive sixes.
Barbados made 325-8 from their allotment of 50 overs to which the St Lucians were bowled out for a disappointing 58 in 31.2 overs.
“I feel great that I was able to contribute to my country’s victory,” Dottin told WEEKEND SPORTS.
“We came into the game with the knowledge that the St Lucians had already qualified and that we needed to win in order to qualify for the semi-finals at the top of the zone.”
The hosts overtook St Lucia on points to win Zone B and earn the right to play the semi-final today at their beloved Kensington Oval against Zone A runners-up Jamaica.
Zone B runners-up will play the other semi-final versus Zone A winners Trinidad and Tobago at the Police Complex at Weymouth.
Dottin came to the crease after the early loss of Danielle Small’s wicket for five with the score on ten and shared a record second-wicket stand of 223 from 179 balls with opener Kycia Knight.
Knight played the anchor role in the partnership to score a patient 71 from 76 deliveries with three boundaries.
The pair’s assault on the St Lucian bowling was strategic. In the first compulsory ten Powerplay overs the Barbadians racked up 75 runs while another 52 runs were scored from the next five overs of the bowling Powerplay.
By the end of 15 powerplay overs Barbados were 127 for one. Dottin was extremely severe on Swayline William who she knocked out of the attack by striking her for two of her four sixes. Williams’ four overs went for 49 runs.
After the Powerplay overs were over, Dottin and Knight batted cautiously in their double-century stand before the former was first to go for 139.
Seeing the back of Dottin with the score on 233-3 seemed to breathe new life into the visitors. They removed Lavine, Kycia Knight, Griffith and Quintyne as the middle order crumbled to 263-7 in the 37th over.
Charlen Taitt, with an unbeaten 35, and Kyshona Knight (ten) averted a total collapse in a seventh- wicket stand of 42 that pushed Barbados to 325-8.
Roylin Cooper, who triggered Barbados’ middle-order troubles, was St Lucia’s best bowler with four for 67.
St Lucia, in search of an improbable 326 to win, crumbled under the pressure of such a target and were spun out by the Barbados spinners for an embarrassing 58 in 31.2 overs.
Leg-spinner Shaquana Quintyne returned the remarkable figures of four wickets for ten runs from ten overs.
“I try to focus and keep the ball in the right place, which gave them lots of trouble and forced them to play bad shots,” said Quintyne.
Keila Elliott supported well by taking three wickets for six runs from 3.2 overs.