Three teams are now battling it out for honours in the Courts Women’s T20 Blast.
With the final round of matches scheduled for Tuesday night, Novel Sports Southern Titans were leading the standings on seven points from five matches. On Tuesday they were due to meet the Northern Starblazers and a win there would have guaranteed them a place in Friday’s semis. This will leave second-placed Tridents Sports Phoenix and third-placed defending champions LCB Contractors to battle it out for the other playoff spot. On Tuesday night these two teams also met each other at the UWI SPEC in St Augustine.
On Monday night, Starblazers, needing to win against Sharks, lost their battle by six wickets.
Batting first, Starblazers were reduced to 11-6 before skipper Leeann Kirby rescued them with a half-century which saw them end on 85 all out. Kirby’s 51 came from 43 balls and included four sixes and two fours. When Sharks batted they got 31 from Chinelle Henry and an unbeaten 24 from Shermaine Campbell to coast to victory.
In the other match, Deandra Dottin cracked 57 as Titans defeated a spirited Phoenix by five runs at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba.
Dottin’s 57 came off 48 deliveries with four sixes and five fours while skipper Britney Cooper blasted 35 off 26 balls with two sixes and four fours to take the Titans to 136 all out.
Kycia Knight with 39 and Hayley Matthews, 34, then posted an opening partnership of 68 in 9.5 overs for Phoenix but when they left the others struggled to build on the start.
At the NCC
STARBLAZERS 85 ALL OUT (19.2) (Leean Kirby 51, Sheneta Grimmond 4/5, Chinelle Henry 2/10) v CENTRAL SHARKS 86-4 (16.4) (Chinelle Henry 31, Shermaine Campbell 24no, Leann Kirby 2/10)
Result: Sharks won by 6 wkts
SOUTHERN TITANS 136 ALL OUT (19.5) (Deandra Dottin 57, Britney Cooper 35, Stephanie Soogrim 5/29, A Alleyne 2/17) v PHOENIX 131-6 (20) (Kycia Knight 39, Hayley Matthews 34, Stacy King 24, A.Ramoutar 3/19)
Result: Titans won by 5 runs
Team P W L NR PTS NRR
Southern Titans 5 3 1 1 7 0.046
Tridents Sports Phoenix 5 3 2 0 6 1.650
Central Sharks 5 2 2 1 5 -0.329
North Starblazers 5 1 4 0 2 -1.259