West Indies players Tremayne Smartt and Shemaine Campbelle helped guide Guyana to a five-wicket win over Windward Islands North on Thursday at the National Cricket Centre in Couva, Trinidad and Tobago.
It was the opening match of the West Indies Cricket Board’s Regional Women’s Super50 competition for both teams, and in spite of the loss, it was a bright start for a young Saint Lucian.
Windward North won the toss and opted to bat, but they were in trouble early and often. Malika Edward was out for five, with the score 15/1. Swayline William added eight, and Nerissa Crafton was out for nought.
That brought Gros Islet’s Qiana Joseph to the crease, to join Dominican opener, Annica Andrew. The 15-year-old schoolgirl and her partner added 43 runs, before Annica was dismissed for an exceedingly patient 24. Qiana was next out for 33, having faced 55 balls and struck three fours. Beyond herself and Annica, the next best scorer for Windwards North was Saint Lucian allrounder Roylin Cooper, who made 19.
Windwards North just saw out their overs, ending on 122/9. Smartt and Erva Giddings each had two wickets. Akaze Thompson struck thrice, getting Quiana’s wicket after a relatively expensive spell.
The Guyanese reply did not get off to the best of starts. Windwards North captain Yasmine St Ange got Lashuna Toussaint for two. Qiana opened the bowling opposite her skipper, and she too struck early, taking Katana Mentore for six. But once Melanie Henry and Campbelle got through to the first change, there was little doubt as to the result. Campbelle struck an unbeaten 59 to lead Guyana to 125/5 in 36.1 overs.
Qiana ended up bowling just five overs, three of them maidens, taking the one wicket, and conceding just six runs. She conceded three wides. Dominica’s Krisani Irish took two wickets. With 19 extras counting as the third highest score for Guyana, it was a decent outing for Windwards North, and a strong start from their youngest player.