Courts Gladiator won the second match of the Women's T10 series organised by Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) by three runs at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Tarouba, San Fernando on Saturday afternoon.
The result ensured that the series between the NLCB Revellers and the Courts Gladiators ended 1-1.
Chasing a small total of 67 runs to win the series, after their eight-wicket win in the opening game on Thursday night, the Revellers crashed to 63/6 losing by three runs. Left to get 12 runs off the final over bowled by the experienced Shakira Selman, the Revellers batters Shinelle Henry and Anisa Mohammed could not bring it home.
Earlier, Kycia Knight and Hayley Matthews impressed once again for the Gladiators at the top of the order. They shared a 54-run partnership for the Gladiators in Thursday’s NLCB Challenge defeat and this time, with Kycia moved up to open alongside Matthews, they put on 41 for the first wicket.
Matthews (26 from 23) picked up a couple of boundaries with trademark cut shots and another with a fine leg glance, while Kycia pulled one four in her 15 from 13 balls.
But the two players similarly fell in successive balls, caught by Mclean when attempting big hits down the ground of King.
The Gladiators never recovered their momentum. King added a third wicket, Sheneta Grimmond slicing to Felicia Walters at backward point for just two.
Kyshona Knight looked to get things moving again and picked up a one-bounce four through midwicket but was then bowled via inside edge and pad off Henry for seven. Qiana Joseph pumped the only six of the innings over wide long-on to start stand-in skipper Anisa Mohammed’s final over of the 10 but was bowled by the next ball. Mohammed was on a hat-trick when Gladiators skipper Afy Fletcher ran past the next to be stumped by a distance by Reniece Boyce.
The hat-trick ball was survived as the Gladiators scrambled to 66/6 and a total that would prove just about defendable.
Courts Gladiators 66/6 (Matthews 26, Kycia Knight 15, King 3/11, Mohammad 2/11) beat NLCB Revellers 63/6 (Henry 17no, McLean 14, Alleyne 1/6, Gajnabi 1/13) by 3 runs