Grenada… Grenada… Being a country of such lovely people, wonderful scenery and diverse cultural backgrounds, it’s only fitting that it plays host to this year’s edition of the Windwards Women’s Super 50 and T20 Championship. The tournament this year begins with a 50-over round-robin segment, then concludes with some T20 action. Day one of the tournament was entertaining and more, so let’s take a quick look at what went down.
Match 1: Dominica vs St. Lucia at Beausejour
In a thrilling start to the Windwards Women’s Super 50 Championship, St Lucia emerged victorious in the opening match against Dominica Women, showcasing an impressive performance with both bat and ball.
St Lucia, after being inserted to bat first, put up an imposing total of 307 all out in 49.2 overs. Nerissa Crafton played a standout innings, scoring an impressive 125 runs off 95 balls, with 16 boundaries and 4 sixes. Captain Zaida James contributed with 41 runs, and Qiana Joseph added a quick 31. The Dominica Women’s bowlers faced a challenging task in restricting St. Lucia, however, Pearl Etienne and Amiah Gilbert both claimed three wickets for the Nature Girls.
In reply, Dominica Women faced a tough St Lucia bowling attack and managed only to score 180/9 in their allotted 50 overs. Rosilia Registe was the top scorer with a resilient 61 at the top of the batting lineup. Despite Dominica’s efforts, St Lucia’s bowlers proved to be a formidable force, a force too great for their opponents. Selena Ross took 2 wickets for 27 runs, while Malika Edward impressed with the ball, securing 3 wickets for 21 runs.
St Lucia Women emerged victorious, winning the match by a substantial margin of 127 runs.
Scorecard: Dominica vs St. Lucia Scorecard
Match 2: Grenada vs St. Vincent and the Grenadines at La Sagesse
In the second match of the Windwards Women’s Super 50 Championship, Grenada secured a commanding victory over St Vincent and the Grenadines, winning by a sizeable margin of 151 runs.
After winning the toss, St Vincent and the Grenadines Women chose to bowl first. Grenada posted a competitive total of 269/8 in their allotted 50 overs. Captain Afy Fletcher played a pivotal role with a brisk innings of 69 runs off 46 balls, while vice-captain Anisha Thomas contributed a solid 57. St Vincent and the Grenadines were put to work in the field by the Grenadians, however, there were some promising signs at times from the Vincentians. Tracy Byron was the most successful bowler, claiming 3 wickets for 42 runs, and Shema Wright-Quashie also claimed 2 wickets.
In response, St Vincent and the Grenadines struggled against the disciplined bowling of Grenada and were sent back to the hotel for 118 in just 26.3 overs. Shannel Mackie top-scored with 26 runs, but the team found it challenging to build partnerships after a decent opening stand. Aria Fortune and Afy Fletcher led the bowling attack for Grenada Women, both securing three wickets each.
The other standout performances for Grenada Women included Carena Noel (1 wicket for 26 runs), Holly Charles (1 wicket for 16 runs), Rackel Williams (1 wicket for 29 runs), and Jaeda Tyrell (1 wicket for 16 runs).
Grenada’s comprehensive victory in this encounter promises that their game against the St. Lucians will be an exciting one.
Scorecard: Grenada vs St. Vincent and the Grenadines Scorecard
Fixtures Up Next (Feb 12th)
Match 3: Grenada vs Dominica at La Sagesse
Match 4: St. Vincent and the Grenadines vs St. Lucia at Beausejour