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Jamaica eye Women's Super50 trophy

Sunday, June 24, 2018

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Jamaica require a win and a bonus point against Leeward Islands at Melbourne Oval, in today's third and final round, to have a chance of raising the Cricket West Indies Women's Super50 trophy.

In the day's other games, Barbados, who are in pole position to lift the title, take on Trinidad and Tobago at Chedwin Park, while Windward Islands battle Guyana at Kensington Park.

All games are set to start 9:30 am.

Barbados have 10 points after gaining a bonus point each in respective victories over Windward Islands and Guyana.

Jamaica are second in the standing with nine points. They added a bonus in the resounding victory over Windward Islands at Kensington Park on Friday, and earned the standard four points after beating Trinidad and Tobago in the opening round on Wednesday.

The Jamaicans are heavy favourites to beat Leeward Islands, who lost all games in the just-concluded Twenty20 (T20) competition and have also been thrashed in their two previous 50-over outings.

But even with a win and a bonus point, Jamaica will still hope that Trinidad and Tobago can either beat Barbados or at the very least, deny them a bonus point. A Barbados victory without the bonus point could see Jamaica joining them on 14 points and leave net run rate to decide the title winner.

Jamaica's Chadean Nation, who made 72 not out and grabbed 2-19 against the Windwards, is aware what is at stake.

“Our last game against the Leewards is very important. We have to get the bonus for five points in that game, so we have to go in with all guns blazing,” she told the Jamaica Observer.

Despite brushing aside the Leewards en route to lifting the T20 crown, Nation said she and her teammates need to raise their competition level if there are to get maximum points.

“I think the girls have been playing well, but there are some areas we still need to improve on, and hopefully on Sunday we see that improvement. The Leewards keep improving game by game, so all we have to do is play our best game and hopefully we come out victorious,” she explained.

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