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By Peter Della Penna in Queens, New York
North West Phoenix captain Doris Francis scored an unbeaten century
to rescue her side from early trouble, guiding them to a three-wicket
win over New York Warriors at Idlewild Park in Queens, N.Y., on Friday
afternoon at the USACA Women’s Championship. In the other matches on day
one, Hollywood Rebels easily defeated the USACA Developmental squad
while Indomatie Goordial-John and Candacy Atkins scored centuries to
lead Tri-State Lynx to a resounding win over North West Rockstars.
Warriors won the toss and elected to bat on a hot sunny morning and
got off to a brilliant start, scoring at better than eight per over in
the first 20. Shirley Bonaparte and Joan Alexander scored half-centuries
for Warriors, but Bonaparte started to flag towards the end of her
knock getting tired between the wickets and wound up being run out for
51 to make the score 169 for 3 in the 21st over, ending a 128-run third
Alexander followed soon after, pulling a long hop from off-spinner
Claudine Beckford straight to Marlene Subhashini at midwicket for 61 and
from there Warriors collapsed to be all out for 214 in 33.5 overs.
Beckford finished with 3 for 43 in eight overs to lead the way for
The failure to bat out their overs proved quite costly for the
Warriors in the end. The Warriors put on early pressure in the field,
just as they had when batting as Alexander and Catherine Joy Jones
bowled superb spells with the new ball. Jones took 2 for 27 in her first
seven overs while Alexander was generating plenty of away swing to
trouble the top order, trapping opener Delkash Shahriarian LBW before
clean bowling Beulah Pidakala and Subhashini to leave Phoenix in a
massive hole at 30 for 5 after the first ball of the 12th over.
Francis, who came in at number six, was then joined at the crease by
Anahita Arora and the two calmly saw off the rest of Alexander’s opening
spell before rebuilding the innings in stunning fashion. Francis
punished anything short from Samantha Ramautar and Grace Richards while
Arora nudged and knocked the ball around for ones and twos. The pair
added 100 for the sixth wicket before Arora was run out for 30 setting
off for a single to the off side that Francis showed no interest in.
wicket fell 15 runs later, Petula Felicien fell for 1 to give Alexander
her fourth scalp and that’s when Francis started to assert herself,
coming down the track to the spinners at every opportunity to clip
through the on side while taking singles off the last ball of the over
to keep strike. Francis survived a sharp caught and bowled chance on 65,
but cruised to her century afterwards off 101 balls. With victory in
sight, she also was let off on a missed stumping attempt on 109. She
stayed to the end however, walking off 115 not out with 11 fours. The
winning run was brought up by a leg side wide.
Image (right): Doris Francis walks off unbeaten on 115 for the North West Phoenix. [Courtesy - Peter Della Penna/DreamCricket]
At Gateway Park in Brooklyn, Indomatie Goordial-John and Candacy
Atkins both scored centuries for Tri-State Lynx as they defeated North
West Rockstars by 202 runs. Both players retired out shortly after
crossing 100. Goordial-John then took 3 for 19 in seven overs to lead
the way for the Lynx in the field.
At Baisley Pond, Hollywood Rebels defeated the USACA Developmental XI
by seven wickets. USACA Developmental XI was bowled out for 95. The
Rebels reached the target in 13.5 overs as Veronica Gumbs top scored
with 24 not out in the brief chase.