TEAM Saint Lucia had to work hard up until the final over of the Windward Islands Women’s T20 Cricket Tournament final played at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground last Thursday to secure victory against Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
Winning the toss and electing to bat, Saint Lucia scored 115 for the loss of 6 wickets in their allotted 20 overs. Former West Indies player Qiana Joseph scored 62 (her third consecutive half century), Malika Edward 19, Allyah Alfred 8, Nerrisa Crafton 6 and Ashlene Edward 3.
Player of the Match Qiana Joseph hit 6 fours and 1 six, as she got to 62 from 62 deliveries.
Fall of Wickets: 1-42 (Malika Edward), 2-63 (Allyah Alfred), 3-78 (Nerissa Crafton), 4-93 Ashlene Edward).
Bowing for SVG: Samantha Caine 2 for 24, Kimone Homer 1 for 13 and Cordel Jack 1 for 14.
Needing 116 for victory, Saint Vincent needed two runs from the final delivery to secure victory. In the end, they got to 114 in their allotted 20 overs.
For SVG, Juliana Nero top scored with 50 from 65 deliveries which included 5 fours. Stacy Ann Adams scored 21, Cordel Jack 14 and EdelynTurtin 9 (not out).
Fall of Wickets: 1-0 (Japhina Joseph), 2-65 (Stacy Ann Adams), 3-104 (Juliana Nero), 4-108 (Cordel Jack).
Bowling for Saint Lucia, Nerissa Crafton 2 for 37, Yasmine St Ange 1 for 14, Allyah Alfred 1 for 21.
For the third-place playoff Grenada defeated Dominica by 2 wickets. Scores in the match: Dominica 101 for 4 in their allotted 20 overs. Player of the Match was Pearl Etienne who scored 37 not out, while Gem Eloi scored 27 and RosiliaRegiste 17 (not out); these were the main contributors with the bat.
The most successful bowler for Grenada Aria Fortune took 3 for 19.
Grenada reached their target for the loss of 8 wickets; Shantan Charles (22), Carena Noel (16), Racket Williams (14 not out), and Aria Fortune (12) were the main contributors.
Bowling for Dominica: Pearle Etienne 2 for 19, Aldith Gasper 2 for 19, JinnieValmond 2 for 20.
Final results in the 50 Over Tournament; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines successfully defended their title with Saint Lucia 2nd, Dominca 3rd and Grenada 4th.
Awards presented: 50 Overs – Yasmine St Ange, Most Wickets (10) Saint Lucia; Pearl Etienne, Most Runs (139) Dominica; Pearl Etienne – MVP (139 runs and 8 wickets).
T20 Awards: Qiana Joseph, Most Runs (114) Saint Lucia; Aria Fortune (Most Wickets 5) Grenada; MVP Qiana Joseph (114 runs and 2 wickets).
Meanwhile, Ashlene Edward captain of Team Saint Lucia has been named vice captain of the Windward Islands Women’s Cricket Team. The team was announced following the completion of the Windward Islands Women’s T20 Competition. After finishing first in the T20s and second in the 50 over format of the competition, five Saint Lucians were selected on the sub regional team.
Saint Lucia’s leading scorer in the 50 over competition Malika Edward got her first call to regional duties. Fourteen-year-old Zaida James who batted well, bowled well and certainly showed her level of maturity throughout both formats of the game was also named for the Under 19 team as vice-captain with the hopes of breaking into the West Indies team scheduled to participate in the ICC Under 19 Women’s World Cup next year.
Also being recalled to the Windward Islands Senior Team is fast bowler Yasmine St Ange. On the reserve side for the sub regional team is Saint Lucia’s Nerissa Crafton.