WT20 Challenge: Ecclestone, Dottin star in Trailblazers’ nine wicket win over Velocity

Sharjah: Sophie Ecclestone’s superb four-wicket haul and Deandra Dottin’s unbeaten 29-run knock helped Trailblazers thrash Velocity by nine wickets in the second match of the Women’s T20 Challenge, at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, here on Thursday.
Chasing 48 for victory, Trailblazers lost their first wicket in the fourth over as Smriti Mandhana (6) was dismissed by Leigh Kasperek.
However, West Indies star Deandra Dottin (29 off 28 ) and Richa Ghosh (13 off 10 ) remained unbeaten and chased down the paltry target in 7.5 overs with 9 wickets in hand.
Earlier, a clinical bowling performance from Sophie Ecclestone, the number one ranked T20I bowler in women’s cricket, helped Trailblazers to bundle out Velocity for just 47 runs. This was the lowest ever total in Women’s T20 Challenge.
Opting to bat first, Velocity lost its first wicket in the third over of the innings as Jhulan Goswami bowled Shafali Verma (13). Ecclestone then sent back Mithali Raj (1) and Veda Krishnamurthy (0) off successive deliveries in the 4th over to reduce Velocity to 19 for 3.
Velocity could never recover from the three early blows as Goswami got her second wicket in the form of Dannielle Wyatt (3) before Ecclestone sent back Sushma Verma in the 4th and 5th overs, respectively.
Velocity’s hopes for coming back into the match were heavily dependent on Sune Luus, but the Proteas star was also sent back to the pavilion in the 9th over by Rajeshwari Gayakwad, reducing the side to 27/6.
The wickets kept tumbling one after the other as Deepti Sharma got the wicket of her India teammate Ekta Bisht for a duck before Ecclestone finished off the proceedings with the wicket of Bangladesh’s Jahanara Alam.
In the end, Velocity was bowled out for 47 runs in the 16th over.
For Trailblazers, Sophie Ecclestone was the most successful bowler with the incredible figures of 4 for 9, while Jhulan Goswami and Rajeshwari Gayakwad took two wickets each.