Birmingham Review: Barbados

Above Expectations

For a team that only possessed half a dozen internationally recognised cricketers, Barbados performed well above expectations and for a brief moment might have dreamed of a spot in the semi finals.

After a surprise victory over Pakistan in their first match, Barbados needed one more victory, but were up against powerhouses in Australia and India who were far too strong.



Half centuries against Pakistan in the first game by Kycia Knight (62) and Hayley Mattews (51) were the only score of substance for the team in the three matches played by Barbados. Deandra Dottin‘s 8 runs in that match was the highest for the West Indies superstar, sadly kept quiet for most of the tournament.

It was from those three players that the runs needed to be scored and they pretty much used them all up against Pakistan. Aside from that trio, there was little to nothing offered by the rest of the Barbados team.

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Hayley Mattews and Shanika Bruce were the leading wicket takers but there was little else on offer from the team, despite having West Indies pace bowling duo Shamilia Connell  and Shakera Selman.
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The fielding was generally good, as one might expect from a team from the Caribbean. Only four catches taken, but that is more of a reflection of the lack of chances created by the bowlers than butter fingered fielders. Wicket keeper Kycia Knight also collected a stumping.

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