August 20, 2010
SVG Women’s Cricketers second best

St. Vincent and the Grenadines senior women cricketers failed to overcome their final hurdle and finished second in the 2010 West Indies Competition, which concluded here last Wednesday.{{more}}

It was the Vincentians’ second loss in the competition to the Trinidadians, having been beaten by 13 runs in the preliminary round.

In Wednesday’s final, the host batted first and rallied to 156 for 6, off their 50 overs at the Arnos Vale One Playing Field.

Juliana Nero at the top of the order batted through the innings for 85 not out, as the Trinidad and Tobago Captain, Anisa Mohammed strangled her opponents with 2 for 11, from 10 miserly overs.

The Trinidad and Tobago run chase was built around a 75 run fourth wicket stand between Player of the Match, Brittney Cooper, who made 56 not out and Stacy Ann King, 43.

The Soca Girls then romped to 157 for 7 .

Losing Coach Ortis Jack told SEARCHLIGHT that he knew that going into the final against Trinidad and Tobago, it was always going to be a tough ask, since they posses several accomplished West Indies players, who know how to perform at this level.

“We thought 156 was defendable, but a few dropped chances and that partnership by Cooper and King, just took the game away from us,” Jack admitted.

Triumphant Coach Majorie Thomas told SEARCHLIGHT that they left their home to play five matches and win all, and that is what they achieved.

“We worked hard and it paid off, thank God”, a smiling Thomas ended.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines got to the final with a 31-run win over Jamaica on Monday.

The home team scored 128, then dismissed Jamaica for 97, with Samantha Lynch taking 3 for 12, Cordel Jack 2 for 16 and Sheree Ann John, 2 for 18.

Trinidad and Tobago also on Monday beat Barbados by 28 runs. Trinidad and Tobago amassed 219 for 6. Cooper hit 62 and King, 54.

Barbados reached 191 for 5 off their 50 overs, with veteran player Pamela Lavine hitting 107 not out. She was the leading run scorer in the competition with 236 runs.

Jamaica took the third spot, beating Barbados by 68 runs.

Jamaica, 120. Stafanie Taylor, 29. Shaquana Quinton, 3 for 19, Charlene Taitt, 2 for 19.

Barbados, 52. Chadean Nation, 4 for 7, and Roshana Outar, 4 for 9.

Guyana ended fifth when they beat St. Lucia by 90 runs. Guyana, 192 for 6. Shearmaine Campbell hit 100 not out. St. Lucia scored 102.

Grenada finished seventh. Dominica made 92. Grenada replied with 96 for 4.

Dominica’s Pearl Etienne had the most wickets, 13. The most catches by a wicket keeper, 6, went to T& T’s Jerveena Pollucksingh, and St. Lucian Tara Lewis took the most catches by an outfielder, 6.

Guyana’s captain Shearmine Campbell was adjudged the Most Valuable Player of the Competition. (RT)