bCA’s strategy helps Bajan Gems
It seems that the Barbados Cricket Association’s (BCA) initiative to have the women’s cricket team play second division cricket with the men is bearing fruit.
In fact Barbados women’s cricket coach Ezra Moseley believes that because of this new idea implemented by the BCA, the team has had adequate time to prepare for the regional Super50 in which the Bajan ladies dethroned 2014 winners Jamaica by 124 runs in yesterday’s final played at the National Cricket Centre in Couva, Trinidad.
“We had excellent preparation because we were playing in the second division of the Barbados Cricket Association competition and I think that helped us a lot. The entire team was a united team and what we did in Trinidad was concentrate a lot more on the mental side of our game and I think that also paid off for us,” said Moseley, who was also coach of the victorious Barbados under-19 women’s team last year when they defeated Trinidad and Tobago.
Moseley explained that Shakira Selman who returned after injury along with Kyshona Knight who was named player of the match in the finals for her knock of 68 off 65 balls, was very instrumental because the team gelled well and they offered support to Shaquana Quintyne who won her first title as captain.
“I must say I am impressed with how Quintyne handled the team and she demonstrated that she was a leader although there is certain areas she can brush up on. But I thought she handled the team very well and Selman was a big help to her as well. Selman was a big asset because she brings a lot to the table and she was the captain before Shaquana so the two of them worked well together and did a great job for Barbados,” he said.
Speaking with Barbados TODAY, Quintyne, a former student of the Graydon Sealy secondary, said it was a moment that she would always cherish and took time out to thank her teammates and those that supported her.
“I did not feel pressure because the team supported me and everyone came together and contributed in some way or the other and senior players like Shakira Selman and Shameila Connell really stepped up and offered support in a big way,” said an elated Quintyne.
The talented all-rounder was made captain last year when Selman got injured and this year she came back and led Barbados to glory during yesterday’s final where the Bajan Gems scored a healthy 242 runs for seven wickets off their allotted 50 overs and in response bowled out the Jamaicans for 118.