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By Orin Davidson

The East defeated the West in women’s cricket action on Saturday when the Roslyn Emanuel-led squad overpowered their opponents to draw first blood in the inaugural Women’s Conference championship in Florida.

Comprised mainly of New York based players, the East cruised to an easy 75-run victory to claim the USACA Women’s inaugural 40 overs a side title at the Central Broward Regional Park.

The West batters were no match for Indomattie Goordial-John’s wily off spin and crashed to an even 100 runs all out in 34 overs, chasing 176 for victory. John, called on a wealth of experience to snare four wickets for five runs to claim the Player of the Match honor in the process.

Joy Jones was also a hand full for the West batters, bagging 2-10 while Tamika Kowlessar chipped in with 2-20. Ivy Mahabir – of Atlantic Region – who played for the West topscored for her team with 27 but ‘extras’ was the largest contributor with a whopping 38 runs tally.

Batting first and winning the toss, the East scored freely to rattle up 175 all out in 34 overs due mainly due to Shirley Ann Bonaparte who struck 34 runs. She hit three fours while captain Roslyn Emanuel hit two boundaries in putting together 22. Down the order Jones hit 19 with two fours and Diana Richelieu made 21, also laced with two fours. There was also a healthy offering of  46 extras. If the West’s batting was good as their bowling the match might’ve been a closer contest. Isolyn Sutherland was the pick of a commendable bowling performance from the West, ending with 4-37. Mahabir came good with 2-23 and Candice Atkins notched 2-23.

It was a decent showing by the West’s attack but Goordial-John was several cuts above everyone else in the match and virtually singlehandedly gave the West batters no chance in piloting the East to victory. Her four wicket haul was from four maidens from a mere five overs.

Given Goordial-John’s wide exposure, you would expect her to be outstanding at United States level where the majority of players from the two teams on show have never played competitively before this series. The 23-year-old has the experience of one World Cup under her belt and played in two other major tournaments. As a 17-year-old Goordial-John represented West Indies in the 2005 World Cup in South Africa for which she helped the team qualify in the Qualifying tournament in Holland in 2003. She also toured India and Pakistan with the West Indies.

Originally from Guyana, Goordial-John considers herself an all rounder and has been involved in organized competition since her High School days.

In Emanuel and Doris Francis, the East has two other players with World Cup experience and it would’ve been difficult fathoming the East losing Saturday’s game. They took away the USACA Women’s Inaugural trophy.

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