TKR Women get revenge to lift WCPL title
Basseterre – Trinbago Knight Riders Women exacted revenge for their loss in the 6IXTY when they beat Barbados Royals by 10 runs in the final of the Women’s Caribbean Premier League on Sunday.
World-rated Barbadian all-rounder Deandra Dottin hit 59 from 62 balls that was the foundation of TKR’s 100 for seven from their 20 overs, her opposite number Hayley Matthews snatched 3-22 with her off-spin to keep Royals in the contest at the half-way stage.
In reply, Royals were carried by Matthews whose 46 from 49 balls was the top score, but no other batsman reached double figures, and the innings folded for 90 with eight balls remaining.
Veteran off-spinner Anisa Mohammed, who last week announced she was taking a six-month break from international cricket, led TKR’s attack with 3-16, while South Africa leg-spinner Sune Luus took 2-16, New Zealand pacer Hayley Jensen grabbed 2-18, and off-spinner Sheneta Grimmond captured 2-22.
“It (win) feels very good,” TKR wicketkeeper Natasha McLean, who snared three dismissals, said. “This was our aim to go out there and get this championship and we worked together as a team and we are well deserving of it.”
Added Luus: “It’s amazing. I think it’s going to be a lot of celebrations.”
Sent in, TKR lost Lee-Ann Kirby for three in the fourth over, but Dottin anchored the innings, striking four fours and two sixes.
She put on 29 for the second wicket with Luus, and when three wickets tumbled for only 15, added a further 32 for the fifth wicket with Kyshona Knight.
Dottin was seventh out in the penultimate over, top edging a heave at Matthews to short third man.
Royals wobbled early in their run chase, slipping to 16 for two in the fourth over before Matthews and South African Chloe Tryon put on 20 for the third wicket to stem the fall of wickets.
That proved to be the best stand of the innings however, and once Tryon was stumped off Mohammed, wickets continued to tumble.
Matthews tried to salvage the run chase, counting three fours in a cautious knock before she was ninth out in the penultimate over with 11 needed from as many balls, pulling Mohammed into the lap of deep mid-wicket.
TKR WOMEN 100 for seven off 20 overs (Deandra Dottin 59; Hayley Matthews 3-22).
ROYALS WOMEN 90 off 18.4 overs (Hayley Matthews 46; Anisa Mohammed 3-16).