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‘Memorable milestones’ at Caribbean T20 contest

ALL-ROUNDER: Deandra Dottin

THE WOMEN’S World T20 staged in the Caribbean has been deemed a success by the sport’s top body.

The International Cricket Council’s (ICC) chief executive officer, Dave Richardson, was fulsome in his praise after Australia took the honours with a convincing final victory over England.

Richardson said: “On behalf of the ICC, I would like to congratulate Cricket West Indies for organising a tournament that proved to be a celebration of cricket.

“The crowds came out in their thousands to watch and the tournament displayed the love people in this part of the world have for the game.

“We saw some memorable performances and milestones being achieved and I would like to thank all the teams for putting up their best and showing the world what women’s cricket is all about.

“The ICC is committed to backing both women’s cricket and the T20 format, and this tournament has played a significant role in that.”

Unfortunately the home support did not witness a home triumph and a retention of the trophy the team won two years ago. Australia moved into the final when they comfortably beat their hosts by 71 runs.

West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor said: “We let them get away in the last six overs but I believe that, as batters, we didn’t bat properly. Everyone is different. We came into this game with a lot of confidence, it’s just one of those days.

“I want to thank all of the fans, the crowd was fantastic coming out and supporting us. We are sorry we couldn’t get across the line.”

Star performer for the Windies was all-rounder Deandra Dottin. Barbados-born Dottin was the only West Indies player named in the allstar team for the tournament.

She stood out, especially with the ball, as she claimed the joint most wickets with 10. The 27-year-old, a sharp medium pacer, produced career-best figures of five for five against Bangladesh as her team got their campaign up and running with a convincing 60-run victory in Guyana.

With the bat, the right-hander scored 121 runs — the most by a West Indies player — which placed her in the top 10 for the tournament.

Dottin had a top score of 49 against Sri Lanka in St Lucia and also struck 46 as West Indies pulled off a dramatic last-over victory over nemesis England in their final preliminary match at the same venue.

It was the third time that a global cricket event has been played in the Caribbean, following the World Cup 11 years ago and the men’s and women’s versions of the World T20 in 2010.

In addition to the bumper crowds for the semi-finals and final in Antigua, there were also significant numbers for the tournament’s group matches at the Guyana National Stadium and the Darren Sammy stadium in St Lucia and organisers reported average ticket sales of around 4,000 for each match day ahead of the semis.

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