A brilliant and aggressive 89 by West Indies female cricketer and national captain Shemaine Campbelle led her team, Rose Hall Town Metro to an easy 40 runs victory over Enterprise at the Enterprise Sports Ground.
The two teams were playing in a specially arranged 40 overs cricket match for the Guyana Beverage Company (Busta) Trophy.
The match also started the national female champions’ preparation for the defence of their title.
Batting first after winning the toss infront of a large and colourful crowd, Rose Hall Town Metro were given a solid opening partnership of 48 between openers Katana Mentore and national player Melanie Henry before Mentore was stumped by wicketkeeper Victoria Bacchus off Haseena Mohamed for 17 in the ninth over.
Henry and the elegant Campbelle then added 51 for the 2nd wicket before Henry gave her wicket away, falling for 41 caught off the bowling of Nichola Leacock.
Campbelle was joined by another national player Natasha Gangoo and together they took the score to 155 in the 32nd over before Gangoo was unfortunate to be given out LBW for 19 off the bowling of Leacock.
Campbelle was eventually dismissed for a brilliant 89 off 70 balls with eight boundaries and two massive sixes.
The visitors in a bid to score as much runs as possible in the last eight overs lost wickets regularly and were dismissed for 199 off the last ball of their allotted 40 overs as only Nermala Sewdat and Oneika Tello with 10 each reach double figures from the remaining batters.
Bowling for Enterprise, Nichola Leacock took 3 wickets for 26 runs from 5 overs while Shinead Emerson claimed 2 for 25 off 8 impressive overs.
Onica Wallerson, Haseena Mohamed, Abena Parker and Reneika Isaacs claimed a wicket each.
Needing to score 200 off 40 overs for victory, the home team were rocked back by a double strike from West Indies player Erva Giddings who bowled openers Onica Wallerson (0) and Haseena Mohamed (3) to leave Enterprise at 9 for 2 in the 3rd over.
Veteran Abena Parker and Shinead Emerson added 35 for the 3rd wicket before Parker was dismissed by national left arm spinner Nikita Toney for 14 in the 13th over.
Solid contributions from Emerson with 45 with four boundaries and the elegant Kavita Yadram 30 not out (2 boundaries) assisted the home team to reach 157 all out off 38.5 overs.
The eventual total was assisted by 42 wides as the Rose Hall Town Metro bowlers struggled to overcome rustiness.
Pacer Erva Giddings ended with the remarkable bowling figures of 8-3-9-2 while Toney ended 2 for 26 from 8 overs and Natasha Gangoo 2 for 25 from 5 overs. Shemaine Campbelle and Nermala Sewdat each took one wicket.
Long standing Secretary/CEO of the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club Hilbert Foster at the presentation ceremony expressed gratitude to the Enterprise Club and the Guyana Beverage Company for hosting the visitors and stated that the Rose Hall Town Metro Team was determined to successfully defend their national title.
The outspoken cricket administrator also called on some of the national female cricketers to work in their personal discipline as success can never be achieved if discipline is not involved.
General Manager of the Guyana Beverage Company, Robert Selman stated that he was pleased with the high standard of cricket played during the match and specially praised Campbelle for her brilliant innings.
He pledged his company’s assistance towards the development of female cricket and called on other clubs in Guyana to follow in the footsteps of the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club.
Marketing Manager of the Company, Shamiza Yadram shared out trophies and cash prizes to both teams, Player-of-the-match and best batter Shemaine Campbelle and Best bowler Erva Giddings.
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