Good enough to have represented Barbados at both track and field and javelin, Hayley Matthews showed her prowess on the cricket field yesterday, when he turned in a fine all round performance to give the West Indies a six-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the opening match of the three-match ODI series at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba.
Matthews grabbed three wickets for 16 runs to restrict Sri Lanka to 136 all out in 49.4 overs and then scored 22 retired hurt to take the West Indies home at 138 for four of 39 overs.
Chasing the small matter of 137 runs from 50 overs, the West Indies lost to early wickets but Matthews and Chadeon Nation stood firm to bring the hometeam right back into contention. Matthews looking very fluent at the crease had to be stretched off after suffering with severe cramps. Nation left soon after for a solid 24 of 46 balls with three fours.
Sri Lanka at that point saw some light but that was closed off by a spirited response from former skipper Merissa Aguillera and Kayshona Knight. The right handed Aguillera made an unbeaten 32 of 48 balls with one four, while Knight finished unbeaten on 21 of 36 balls with two fours.
Earlier, West Indies won the toss and decided to send the Sri Lankans in and dominated right from the onset.
Opening bowlers Shakera Selman and Shamilia Connell were on spot and kept to the basics, without trying to be spectacular. The excellent lines and lengths adopted by the duo put the Sri Lankans under real pressure and the openers scored as a snail’s pace.
The lack of quick runs forced injudicious shots, which led to wickets tumbling and this crippled the batting effort. After the initial breakthrough by Afy Fletcher in removing Nipuni Hansika for eight, the Sri Lankans fought back but Matthews made her intervention to stifle the Lankans.
With her uncomplicated off-spin she removed Yashoda Mendis and Chamari Atapattu and Sri Lanka slipped to 78 for three. The lanky Mendis batted well on the slow strip to count 34 runs from 72 balls without hitting a boundary.
Atapattu who took the fight to the locals, scored 25 of 44 balls with three
After their dismissals Sri Lanka crawled their way up to 136 all out in the final over. Apart from Mathews, skipper Stephanie Taylor took 3/24 and Fletcher 3/42.
Both teams will meet again tomorrow at the same venue in a day/night encounter at 2pm.
WI Women vs SL Women
Y Mendis c Kayshona Kinght b Matthews*34
N Hansika lbw Fletcher*8
C Atapattu c&b Matthews*25
D Manodora not out*28
P Weerakkody c Aguillera b Matthews*8
S Siriwardene c & b Taylor*0
A Kanchana c & b Taylor*7
R Vandort c Selman b Fletcher*4
S Weerakkody c Nation b S Taylor*9
I Ranaweera run out*2
C Gunaratne c Matthews b Fletcher*0
Extras 2b, 2lb, 7w*11
Total all out*136
Fall of wkts: 22, 63, 78, 95, 96, 106, 118, 133, 136, 136.
H Matthews retired hurt*22
Kycia Knight run out*1
S Taylor c P Weerakkody b S Weerakkody*2
C Nation c Atapattu b Ranaweera*24
D Dottin c Ranaweera*22
M Aguillera not out*32
Kayshona Knight not out*21
Total 4 wkts (39ovs)*138
Fall of wkts: 2, 7, 61, 95.
Result: West Indies won by 6 wkts.
West Indies lead series 1-0.