Barbados’ women seeking to secure title
COUVA, Trinidad –– The battle for supremacy in the WICB Regional Women’s Super-50 tournament reaches a crucial point with the fifth and final round of matches to be contested in Trinidad tomorrow
The three teams at the top of the table heading into the final round are in a tussle to secure their place in the finals of the competition to be contested on Sunday.
Barbados on 16 points, Trinidad and Tobago on 12 and Jamaica on eleven are the major contenders for the finals with Guyana, South Windward and North Windward no longer in contention.
Two of the teams who fancy their chances of playing in the finals, front- runners Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago, clash at the National Cricket Centre in an eagerly anticipated fixture.
Barbados will be hoping to maintain their unbeaten run and seal their spot in Sunday’s grand finale while the home side, with two wins and a defeat, need a clear victory to increase their chances of appearing in the finals.
Yesterday Barbados demolished North Windward by 181 runs at Macaulay Park to move to the top of the table.
The Barbados batting fell away after a second wicket partnership of 126 in 26.1 overs between Malissa Howard and Kyshona Knight before being bowled out for 201 in 44.2 overs.
North Windward were then undermined by
the pace of Shamelia Connell and Shakera Selman, who took a hat-trick, and crumbled for only 20 in 12.1 overs.
Knight top-scored with 65 off 84 balls including seven fours and two sixes, while Howard, in easily her best knock of the tournament following scores of three against defending champions Jamaica and nought against South Windward Islands, made 62 off 97 deliveries with five boundaries.
Once they were parted, the last eight wickets tumbled for 35 runs in 12.2 overs. Roylyn Cooper took five for 31 off ten overs.
Selman, who has been in excellent form with the ball, then grabbed six for 16 off six overs and Connell took four for eight off 6.1 overs.
Trinidad and Tobago relinquished their lead after losing to Jamaica by 19 runs at The National Cricket Centre.
The Jamaicans, led by the experienced Stafanie Taylor, are the favourites to beat lowly ranked Guyana when the two teams meet at Gilbert Park tomorrow.
While Jamaica need to win against Guyana, their entry into the finals will also depend on the outcome of the clash between Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago.
The third match features South Windward against North Windward at Caldrac. (windiescricket)