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USA women defeated Barbados XI by 82 runs.

The 9:30 a.m. match got off to a late start due to Barbados not being able to field a full team. Trinidad & Tobago national players Devika Singh, Britney Cooper (current West Indies player), and Allison Collins could have enjoyed a rest day from the current West Indies women’s regional tournament but opted to play in the friendly to complete the local Barbados XI team.

Team USA was awarded the opportunity to bat first without a coin toss. The match was adjusted from 50 to 40 overs.

USA openers Monique Mathee and Nadia Gruny were off to a steady start. After 10 overs, USA was at 41 for no loss as Mathee opened fire with a few boundaries off Barbados XI’s spin attack. Not long after, the Mathee-Gruny 69-run partnerhsip ended as Gruny attempted a sweep shot and was judged out LBW on 23. All-rounder, Triholder Marshall and USA skipper, Candacy Atkins came in at #3 and #4 respectively but both failed to trouble the score. Marshall played straight to a fielder and attempted a single that was never there. Atkins played back to a straight ball and was out LBW.

USA was some 69 odd for 3 and looked a bit worried that they would not post a respectable score. Mathee reached her 50 before being run out. Karen Bayles and Melissa Sandy stepped in the middle to steady the ship. Bayles pulverized anything short to the boundary and Sandy pushed for the quick singles. Bayles was out caught on 14 but Sandy continued to steady the innings with Erica Rendler. Because of time restraints, the umpire forced the batting power play but USA failed to maximize the opportunity scoring only 16 runs. Sandy was out LBW for 22. As the pitch got slower, USA’s initial target of 250 off 50 overs was lowered to 160 off 40. Shinead Emerson joined Rendler to add a quick 17 runs off 10 balls including a big six over long-on before Umpire called the innings at 37 overs. Rendler finished on 15 not out. Though USA posted a reasonable score of 175 for 6, the score could have been 225 if USA converted at least 50 of the 116 dot balls.

The bowling was off to a fairly good start, with Marshall giving 19 runs and capturing two wickets in her first spell of five overs. Anahita Arora on the other end had some difficulty with her run-up, giving away four free-hits to the opposition but they failed to capitalize each time. Arora took one wicket for 20 runs off four overs. Shondell Ward completed her four-over spell conceding 19 runs and taking one wicket while Emerson took two wickets for 16 runs off four overs. Spinners Akshatha Rao and Samantha Ramautar finished off the job efficiently with Rao taking two wickets in as many overs for eight runs; and Ramautar capturing two wickets for nine runs off 1.5 overs.

The fielding was good at best but the fatigue from three intense days of training showed in some players. There were two dropped catches in cover and one behind the stumps. It was Rendler’s day in the field as she took three excellent catches to help bowl Barbados XI all out for 93 and win by 82 runs.

USA resumes training today and would be looking to improve on shortcomings observed in the game while following the regular training program. Practice match #2 v a West Indies XI will take place on Monday, August 15.

USA: 175 for 6 in 37 overs (Mathee 51, Gruny 23, Sandy 22, Emerson 17 n.o.)

Barbados XI: 93 all out in 20.5 overs

Rao: 2-0-8-2; Ramautar: 1.5-0-9-2; Emerson 4-0-16-2; Marshall: 5-0-19-2.

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