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Dottin hoping for a big score against England
By Petra Gooding
HARD-hitting West Indies Women player Deandra Dottin is hoping that her good form with the bat can continue tonight when the West Indies take on England Women in the third match of the Women’s Twenty20 International Tri-nation Series at Kensington Oval.
Dottin scored 52 off 50 balls on Monday night as the West Indies defeated New Zealand by 23-runs in the opening match of the series. She helped save her team as the Windies were struggling on 18-3 when she arrived at the crease and her 51-run fourth wicket partnership with Kyshona Knight ensured the Windies made it over the 100-run mark.
The hard-hitting right hander admitted that she was under a lot of pressure at first when she first went out to crease and had to stifle her normal aggressive nature if she was to make any runs. She started off quite slowly but ended off her innings with a bang and intends to continue in that vein against England tonight.
“I just want to stay in there and score a lot of runs. Once I score runs, I hope it could be good enough for the team to defend,” said Dottin.
Head Coach Sherwin Campbell was full of praise for the entire team, but singled out Dottin for her mature innings.
“I thought Deandra batted very well. She showed maturity and set the tone and paced herself throughout the innings and in the end she showed what she was made of with a blast at the end. She is maturing as a cricketer and let’s hope she continues to grow from here and go from strength to strength and gains in confidence every time she goes out there to the crease,” said Campbell.
Tonight’s match is scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm.
West Indies: Merissa Aguilleira (Captain), Shemaine Campbelle, Shanel Daley, Deandra Dottin, Chinelle Henry, Stacy Ann King, Kyshona Knight, Anisa Mohammed, Juliana Nero, Shaquana Quintyne, Tremayne Smartt, Shakera Selman, Stafanie Taylor. Coach: Sherwin Campbell
England: Charlotte Edwards (Captain), Tasmin Beaumont, Holly Colvin, Kate Cross, Natasha Farrant, Lydia Greenaway, Jenny Gunn, Danielle Hazell, Amy Jones, Beth Langston, Natalie Sciver, Sarah Taylor, Laura Winfield, Danielle Wyatt. Coach: Paul Shaw