Dottin makes winning return for Heat


January 21, 2017


An astonishing second successive 'duck' for Stafanie Taylor was overshadowed only by her West Indies teammate Deandra Dottin's dramatic return from injury, as their franchises suffered contrasting fortunes in the Women's Big Bash here Friday.

Sidelined for nearly three weeks after undergoing surgery to repair multiple fractures of her cheekbone, following an on-field collision with teammate Laura Harris. Dottin was back in action at the Gabba to help Heat trounce bottom-of-the-table Adelaide Strikers by nine wickets.

The effervescent Barbadian all-rounder sent down three overs which cost 22 runs and yielded no wickets as Strikers, sent in, rallied to 139 for five off their 20 overs.

They were floundering at 63 for five in the 13th over before Tammy Beaumont struck an unbeaten 50 off 42 balls to revive the innings in an unbroken 76-run, sixth- wicket stand with Amanda-Wade Wellington, who slammed 46 off 25 deliveries.

In reply, Dottin's services were not required as opener Beth Mooney stroked an unbeaten 75 from 47 balls in a 101-run opening stand with captain Kirby Short (42).

At Lilac Hill Park in Perth, Taylor's woes matched those of Thunder in a damaging four-run loss to Perth Scorchers, a result which eliminated the reigning champions from play-off contention.

The West Indies captain faced just one delivery before she was run out in the second over without scoring as Thunder, chasing 150 for victory, were held to 145 for six.

Dottin suffered the ignominy of a first-ball 'duck' in her last game on Monday.

At Bellerive Oval in Hobart, teenaged West Indies star Hayley Matthews went wicket-less from two overs which cost 23 runs and did not bat, as her Hobart Hurricanes went down to Melbourne Stars by four wickets under Duckworth/Lewis.

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