CRICKET-WOMEN-LEAD Matthews hundred powers Barbados past Jamaica.


Captain Hayley Matthews struck a dashing century as Barbados thrashed Jamaica by eight wickets, to win their third game on the trot in the Regional Super50 here Thursday.

Chasing 215 for victory in the third round contest at Bourda, Barbados coasted to their target in the 36th over, courtesy of Matthews's 108.

All told, the highly rated Windies opener faced 101 deliveries and struck 14 fours and two sixes. She dominated a 52-run, opening stand with Danielle Small (5) before adding a further 132 for the second wicket with left-hander Kycia Knight who stroked 59 from 79 balls with seven fours.

Not to be left out, all-rounder Deandra Dottin arrived late to smash a brace of fours and sixes in a 13-ball 23 not out and put Barbados over the line.

Jamaica captain Stafanie Taylor had earlier top-scored with 80 to follow up her hundred in Tuesday's second round as her side tallied 214 for seven off their 50 overs, after choosing to bat first.

The Windies skipper counted four fours in an innings which required 117 deliveries, posting an invaluable 92 for the third wicket with international teammate Chedean Nation, who made 31 from 84 deliveries.

At Everest, discarded West Indies batsman Stacy-Ann King reminded selectors of her quality as Trinidad and Tobago got past Windward Islands by 51 runs.

Opting for first knock, T and T rallied to 257 for five with King stroking an unbeaten 79, Rachel Vincent, 59, while Reniece Boyce hit a run-a-ball unbeaten 43.

King, who played the last of her 66 ODIs three years ago, hit six fours off 129 balls...

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