Newcomer Shreya Jain took seam bowling to a new level of excellence in New York women’s cricket with a superlative display in the current 30 overs series.
The India- born left- armer snared five wickets off only 4.2 overs in a rare display of dominance in the women’s game to spur New York Tristate to a 1-0 lead over Atlantic Region in the Best of Three series which started last Saturday at the Gateway ground in Brooklyn.
Jain ‘s haul restricted Atlantic to 67 all out in 24.2 overs to which Tri State coasted past, reaching 68-1 in 16.1 overs.
The series is a friendly encounter staged to keep women’s cricket alive given the dearth of attention from United States of America Cricket Association (USACA) to domestic competition.
Organized by longstanding women’s administrator Venelda Wallace, the action will continue this weekend with the second game in New Jersey.
Atlantic will be hard pressed to get back into the competition in the next two matches given Tri State’s easy win at Gateway where they struggled against the in-form latter team following their successful tour of Canada earlier this month.
Triholder Marshall and Doris Francis aided Jain’s haul, taking one wicket eac as only Shinehead Emmerson resisted for Atlantic with an enterprising top score of 28 runs.
In Tri-State’s reply Roslyn Emanuel and Marshall made 16 and 15 not out respectively in cruising to victory. Mona Persaud made 13. Making full use of the presence of West Indies team’s assistant coach Stephaney Powers as coach, Tristate seems set to repeat their success in the remaining two games.