REGIONAL title-holders Jamaica are set to meet Trinidad & Tobago in today’s championship match of the inaugural West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Women’s Twenty20 (T20) at Sabina Park in Kingston, starting at 2:00 pm.
Both teams won their respective final preliminary round matches yesterday to finish joint top of the standings with 30 points. Trinidad & Tobago ended with a superior net run rate of +3.34, while the Jamaicans followed with a rate of +2.59.
Jamaica and T&T clashed in last year’s 50-over final with the former coming out on top.
Jamaica’s head coach Cleon Smith told the Jamaica Observer that he was pleased with his team’s six wins in seven matches during the preliminary phase and added that he is expecting more players to come good in the final.
“It has been a tough season. With the limited time we had to prepare we did really well to reach the final. We haven’t batted and fielded as well as we would have liked. But other teams have been training for a longer time and yet we reached the final.
“We are now backing ourselves to do very well and I’m hoping that a few key players can step up their game in the final,” he said after yesterday’s win.
Barbados, who also won yesterday to set up the threeway tie at the summit, narrowly missed out on a spot in the final after ending with a net run rate of +2.14.
The Barbadians will challenge Guyana — fourth on 20 points — in the third-place play-off at 10:00 am, also at Sabina.
In yesterday’s action at Chedwin Park in St Catherine, the Jamaicans, needing a comfortable win to maintain their healthy net run rate and earn a spot in the final, strode to a 51-run beating of strugglers Grenada.
Opener Jodian Morgan hit 36 off 33 deliveries, while prolific captain Stafanie Taylor, who is the only woman with a regional T20 century, chipped in with a 37-ball 27 in Jamaica’s 121-7.
Grenada’s Lena Peters claimed 1-12, while Afy Fletcher grabbed 1-16.
In reply, Grenada were undone by Shanel Daley (3-9) and Roshana Outar (2-9) in their meager total of 70 all out.
Fletcher top scored with 26.
Scores: Jamaica 121-7 (20 overs); Grenada 70 (20 overs) Captain June Ogle scored 58 not out to lead Guyana to a 59-run win over St Lucia in the opening match at Chedwin Park.
Scores: Guyana 117-3 (20 overs); St Lucia 58-7 (20 overs) In the opening match at the Kensington Park, Trinidad & Tobago recorded a 170-run massacre of winless Dominica.
Scores: Trinidad & Tobago 209-3 (20 overs); Domincia 39 (18.1 overs) In the afternoon match at Kensington, Barbados beat St Vincent and the Grenadines by five wickets.
Scores: St Vincent and the Grenadines 71 (18.3 overs); Barbados 72-5 (16.1 overs)