Barbados’ Senior Women’s Cricket team will not only retain their Regional Super50 title for a second consecutive year, but they will also capture the Twenty20 trophy this month in Guyana.
That was the level of confidence exhibited by coach Ezra Moseley as he backed his players to do the double, as long as they play to the best of their abilities in a few days’ time.
Moseley told Barbados TODAY that this coming Sunday the defending champions would leave Barbados with a balanced attack that included six current West Indies players led by captain Shaquana Quintyne, Hayley Mathews, Deandra Dottin, Shakira Selman, Shamilia Connell and Kycia Knight. He added they should all make an impact once they played to the best of their abilities and adapted well to conditions in Guyana.
“We are the defending champions. we played good cricket last year in Trinidad and won the title and I think we have a pretty good chance of repeating this year. It is just for the ladies to go out there play to the best of their abilities and once they do that and adjust to the conditions in Guyana I think we can become repeat champions.
“We have a balance attack with about four spinners, we also have good fast bowlers and I think the conditions would be similar to Trinidad last year. It is just a matter for the girls to assess the conditions, play accordingly and once that is done we should be able to come out on top,” Moseley explained.
Barbados won the Regional Super50 convincingly last year in Trinidad by 124 runs against Jamaica. Unfortunately, their star player in the final Kyshona Knight who scored 68, will not make the trip this time around because of a recent knee operation. Charlene Taitt, making a comeback to regional cricket, will replace her while Rachel Griffith is the only newcomer to the squad.
The team was supposed to have one final practice match today at Kensington Oval against a Barbados under-17 team before departing for Georgetown, but was unable to because of a visit to the polyclinic for yellow fever vaccination.
Moseley explained that preparation was somewhat short this year with only a two-day camp. But he added the girls looked in pretty good nick playing Barbados Cricket Association Division Two cricket against the men. He said that based on what he had seen in the nets their batting looked good. In fact, the batting looked so solid Moseley hinted that seasoned opener Deandra Dottin might bat down the order while Matthews and Knight opened the innings. However, he explained they would first have to assess the conditions on arrival in Guyana.
“Our preparation was kind of short we wanted to have an extended camp but we were only able to have a two-day camp. But I must say that two- day camp went well. It was intense. We were supposed to have a practice game today against the under-17 team but that had to be cancelled because the girls had to go to the Polyclinic to get the yellow fever vaccines for Guyana. But all in all our preparations the last couple of days went pretty good.
“It is a pity that we didn’t get in the practice game today but the girls were playing against the men in second division for the whole season and they looked in pretty good nick and I am hoping that we can go to Guyana and defend our title. Our batting looks pretty good and from what I saw in the nets our ladies are striking the ball pretty good so I am hoping that they can take that form from the net into Guyana,” said Moseley who is also the assistant coach of the West Indies women’s team.
The Women’s 50-Over and T20 Regional tournaments will be contested from July 7 to July 25.
The 50-Over segment will be contested first. However, the final fixture is yet to be decided. According to territorial development officer of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB), Colin Stuart, the current inclement weather was posing some difficulties regarding the readiness of the identified venues.
“The GCB is currently looking at various venues countrywide, since most of the grounds are not in good shape due to the current weather. However, there are other alternatives being put in place to ensure that these grounds are fully ready to facilitate regional games,” Stuart told the Guyana Chronicle this week.
The former West Indies fast bowler said there was also special focus on the pitches to ensure all were durable for the imminent matches.