Gladiators, Revellers draw T-10 series

Gladiators bounced back to even the two-match series.
Hero Caribbean Premier League

Gladiators rebounded to beat Revellers by three runs to square a two-match T10 series featuring the leading women’s cricketers in the Caribbean last weekend in Trinidad.

Gladiators, powered by a 41-run opening stand between Kycia Knight and Hayley Matthews, secured revenge over Revellers, who trounced them by eight wickets in the opening match two days earlier.

Revellers, without star player Stafanie Taylor, struggled to maintain a run rate on the chase and stumbled to 63 for six after Gladiators, batting first, were restricted to 66 for six in their ten overs at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy.

Chinelle Henry’s unbeaten 17 and Stacy-Ann King’s 11 off five balls were not enough to give Revellers a fighting chance of recovering, after Hayley Matthews and Shabika Gajnabi struck with successive deliveries to remove both openers Jodian Morgan and Britney Cooper cheaply.

Revellers slumped to seven for two in an uphill battle, then 33 for four with just 20 balls remaining, despite an exciting innings from Natasha McLean who hit two boundaries before holing out to Kyshona Knight at deep cover for 14.

At one stage, King and Henry had added 22 in 12 balls to leave the equation at 12 from nine balls before King was run out as the Gladiators held on to leave both sides with a win apiece from the two matches.

Earlier, Knight and Matthews, who scored an impressive 54-run opening stand for Gladiators in their first match, laid the foundation for their come-back win with their a 41- run first wicket stand in game two.

Matthews , 26 from 23 balls, picked up a couple of boundaries while Knight pulled one four in her 15 from 13 balls.

The two women’s T-10 matches, staged ahead of the men’s T20 semi-final and final, were organized by the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL), Cricket West Indies (CWI) and the government of Trinidad and Tobago.

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