Topping the bowling for the Royals was off-spinner Hayley Matthews, who took three wickets for 22 runs.
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A match-winning spell of 3/16 from off-spinner Anisa Mohammed partnered with a captain knock of 59 from Deandra Dottin propelled Trinidad Knight Riders (TKR) to the inaugural Women’s Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20 title at Warner Park in St. Kitts last week.
TKR defeated Barbados Royals by ten runs as they successfully defended their low score of 100 by dismissing the Royals for 90 runs in 18.4 overs.
Batting first, TKR made 100/7 courtesy Captain Dottin (59), who scored the only half century of the tournament. She achieved the feat in 62 balls, hitting two sixes and four fours.
South African Sue Luis (12) was the only other TKR batter to reach double figures as Barbados Royals’ bowling attack showed good form.
In their turn at the crease, Matthews was the only batter who showed some resistance against Tour’s bowling attack.
The Barbadian scored 46 runs from 49 balls and carried her team within sight of victory, (89/9) after 18.2 overs, before she was caught by Jañnillea Glasgow off Anisa Mohammed’s bowling.
When Matthews was out, the Royals needed 12 runs from 10 balls but just one wicket remaining.
The innings came to an end when Mohammed bowled Guyanese Mandy Mangru.
Mohammed finished as pick of the bowlers taking 3/16 and Hayley Jensen (2/18) and Shene Grimmond (2/22) were also among the wickets.
For TKR, it was sweet revenge for the Dottin-led team as they lost the inaugural 6IXTY T10 tournament to Barbados Royals a week before.