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TRINIDAD and Tobago, led by an unbeaten half-century from opener Brenda Solozano, kept their hopes for championship honours alive in the West Indies Women's Cricket Federation's round-robin tournament with a 46-run victory over Guyana yesterday at the Police Sports Club ground, Eve Leary.
Solozano faced the first and last delivery of the innings as Trinidad reached 210 for eight from their quota of 50 overs. Skipper Stephanie Power then gave up her wicket-keeping apparel to claim three wickets for 11 runs as Guyana slumped to 164 in 42.2 overs.
Guyana's loss was their second in a row after they went down to Grenada by 110 runs at Blairmont on Sunday. This means they finish the round-robin competition with three wins and the same amount of losses, since they drew the bye in today's final round. Trinidad however recorded their second successive win after narrowly losing to St Lucia and must beat Grenada today and hope unpredictable St Vincent beat St Lucia if they are to dethrone the defending champions.
The locals' cause was not helped by four run-outs, the most damaging being the one to break a fourth-wicket stand of 55 in 12 overs between topscorer Tracy Glasgow (29) and Annabelle Lewis (26). The pair had kept Guyana in contention with some intelligent running between the wickets, ably assisted by a healthy helping of extras thrown in by the Trinidad bowlers. The chief culprit was left-arm medium-pacer Erica George who conceded 18 runs in the 26th over - including nine wides and two no-balls.
However, a misjudgement in coming for a second run to third man cost Glasgow her wicket and it was downhill for the Guyanese thereafter. Lewis, who faced 35 balls, and skipper Abina Parker (1) were both run-out by Nelly Williams who also struck earlier to send back opener Indomatie Goordial for six.
Power bowled Darlen Gale (1), trapped Deowantie Persaud (3) leg-before-wicket then bowled Michelle Fitzalbert (8) to end the innings and match. Solozano also held a return catch to dismiss Onika Wallerson for one.
Before Glasgow and Lewis got together, Candacy Adkins had set the stage for a serious challenge to the Trinidad total with a 47-ball 27, which ended when she was bowled by left-arm spinner Felicia Cummings.
Earlier, Solozano struck three boundaries from 144 deliveries as she provided the backbone for what turned out to be the winning Trinidadian total. She was associated in several solid partnership, the most productive being 59 in 10 overs for the sixth wicket with Envis Williams who struck two fours from 29 deliveries before being brilliantly caught by Glasgow at short extra-cover off Goordial.
Solozano also added 45 for the fifth wicket with pint-sized Jade Chadee (15), and 45 for the third with Shane Da Silva (14).
Guyana had an impressive start, restricting the Trinidadians to 12 runs from seven overs and also claiming the wicket of Nita Naipaulsingh bowled by Fitzalbert for a duck. Erica George (8) was then bowled by Goordial before Solozano and Da Silva came together to repair the damage then the latter was run-out by Lewis.
Nelly Williams (2) was also bowled by Parker before another recovery - in the form of the fifth-wicket stand between Chadee and Solozano - took place for the Trinidadians. Towards the end, Fitzalbert returned to capture the wickets of Power, bowled for 11, and Shelly Felix, leg-before without scoring.
Fitzalbert ended with three for 37 while Goordial claimed two for 23.
B. Solozano not out 79
N. Naipaulsingh b Fitzalbert 0
E. George b Goordial 8
S. Da Silva run-out 14
N. Williams b Parker 2
J. Chadee run-out 15
E. Williams c Glasgow b Goordial 29
S. Power b Fitzalbert 11
S. Felix lbw b Fitzalbert 0
F. Cummings not out 1
Extras: (b-3, lb-9, nb-3, w-36) 51
Total: (for 8 wickets off 50 overs) 210
Wickets Fell At: 4, 22, 67, 72, 117, 176, 205, 205.
Bowling: Fitzalbert 10-2-37-3 (nb-1, w-14), Goordial 10-2-23-2 (w-2), Parker 10-0-49-1 (w-10), Lewis 10-2-28-0 (nb-1, w-5), Franklin 2.5-0-13-0 (nb-1, w-1), Wallerson 5-0-26-0 (w-3), Gayle 2.1-0-12-0 (w-1).
I. Goordial run-out 6
F. Franklin c Power (wkp.) b E. Williams 10
C. Adkins b Cummings 27
T. Glasgow run-out 29
A. Lewis run-out 26
A. Parker run-out 1
D. Gale b Power 1
O. Wallerson c & b Solozano 1
I. Henry not out 6
D. Persaud lbw b Power 3
M. Fitzalbert b Power 8
Extras: (b-5, lb-4, nb-3, w-34) 46
Total: (all out in 42.2 overs) 164
Wickets Fell At: 24, 48, 67, 132, 138, 140, 141, 143, 154.
Bowling: E. Williams 6-1-7-1 (w-1), N. Williams 2-0-10-0 (w-8), Felix 10-0-44-0 (w-6), Cummings 10-3-22-1 (w-2), Noel 3-0-11-0, George 2-0-23-0 (nb-3, w-10), Solozano 5-0-27-1 (w-4), Power 4.2-1-11-3 (w-3).