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Barbados Royals Women win 6IXTY

Barbados Royals Women win 6IXTY
Barbados Royals Women celebrate the fall of another TKR wicket en route to winning the inaugural SKYEXCH 6IXTY. (Picture courtesy CPL/Getty Images)

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Barbados Royals Women got sweet revenge on the Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) Women, winning the inaugural SKYEXCH 6IXTY at Warner Park, St Kitts, on Sunday.

Shakera Selman produced a magical spell to stun the TKR Women and help her team become the first to lift the women’s Universe Boss SKYEXCH 6IXTY trophy.

With the Knight Riders already on the ropes, Selman claimed three wickets in the penultimate over to ensure a 15-run victory.

Barbados Royals scored 65 off 56 balls before reducing TKR to 50 off 54.

The teams split the results on the two previous occasions they met. Royals won the opening match by 28 runs and TKR rode the return of captain Deandra Dottin to win the second by 29 runs.

Batting first, Royals’ openers captain Hayley Matthews – who was named Player of the Tournament – and Aaliyah Alleyne, set the foundations before Matthews fell for 15. Their troubles continued when the in-form Chloe Tryon was stumped without adding to the score and Alleyne went not long after, both thanks to the bowling brilliance from Anisa Mohammed in the middle overs.

Chinelle Henry put up resistance with her 15 and the batting side reached 64 before Cooper was stumped for six and the Royals were all out for 65 off 56 balls.

It had been an all-round effort in the field by the Knight Riders, and with Dottin opening the batting and in fine form, they looked confident as they came out to chase the runs in pursuit of the title.

When Lee-Ann Kirby fell in the first over it was clear the chase would not be easy. Then in a shock twist, Dottin chopped on to her own stumps in the same over and suddenly the Knight Riders were 13/2 at the end of the second. The Royals continued to keep a lid on the run chase and remained disciplined in their bowling.

The boundaries dried up and there was a spell of 37 balls before the ball found the rope. The game was in the balance with the batting side needing 19 from 12 and it looked like a nailbiter was brewing.

However, it was here that Selman produced her incredible over, claiming Jensen caught by Matthews for seven, Luus was caught at mid-off and Kycia Knight was caught by Joseph to seal the victory.

Earlier, the Royals men missed the final, losing to TKR by three wickets. After scoring 101-5 off their ten overs, Royals were unable to contain TKR, who raced to 104-3 with eight balls remaining.  (PR/SAT)