A Player-of-the-Match bowling performance by left-arm Windies pacer Eva Giddings who ripped out the top order saw Guyana rebound from a crushing eight-wicket first round loss to host and pre-tournament favourites Jamaica on Sunday under lights at Sabina Park to beat defending Champions Trinidad & Tobago by seven wickets yesterday in the morning game of the Regional Women’s T20 cricket tournament.
The lasses from Carnival Country batted first in scorching sun and conditions which favored the pacers and watched by a handful of spectators reached 64-8 when their 20 overs expired. The South American Ladies responded with 70-3.
The Guyanese pace pair of Giddings (4-2-6-3) and fast bowling colleague Akaze Thompson, who bowled consecutive maidens in her first three overs to end with 2-7, kept the shackles on the Trinis on a track which produced movement and bounce but was still good to bat on.
Off-Spinner Plaffiana Millington compounded T& T misery with 2-14 from 4 overs although Shania Abdool offered fight with 31 but she got no support as none of other batters got into double figures.
Set to score at just over three runs per over, West Indies right-hander Shemaine Campbell played some audacious shots in a delightful innings to end unbeaten six short of a fifty. Shabika Grimmond supported with 17.
With the score on 64-3 Campbell finished the game in emphatic fashion with her second six, a pugnacious pull over mid wicket off West Indies player Stacy King who had 1-21 from 3.3 overs.
Guyana Coach Bharrat Mangru said it was a great performance his charges. “The plans were well executed. We knew that if we took away the drive from the batters we knew that we could restrict them to a low score. It was a great win for the girls after we lost our first game under lights,” informed the 47-year-old Mangru, in his first year a senior women Coach.
Guyana has never won a regional T20 title. (Sean Devers)
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