Confident Windies enter Grand Final
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – West Indies are bubbling with confidence as they meet England in the final of the Women’s T20 International Tri Series at Kensington Oval on Saturday night.
After topping the preliminary round the home side will start as favourites against, following two wins over England.
The West Indies are expected to be at full strength with the return of captain Merissa Aguilleira and allrounder Shanel Daley – who both sat out the Thursday’s night Super Over victory over England.
Coach Sherwin Campbell believes he has the team to do the job.
“It’s good to reach the final especially at home and everyone is looking forward to the game. We had a good game against England, which we won, and we want to take this momentum into the final,” Campbell told WICB Media.
“The key to winning the final is to get runs on the board. In any form of cricket the runs determines how the games flows and which way the game goes. Without runs on the board we won’t be able to get the result we will be looking for...so whether we bat first or second we will look to bat well.”
Campbell added: “The last match was a very good game, as good as a final. I thought we did really well. We got a decent score on the board and then we bowled well and fielded well. That is the kind of intensity we will be looking for in the final.”
In the last prelim, West Indies got good performances from stand-in captain Stafanie Taylor who topscored with 40 and took three wickets as both team ended on 118 for seven wickets in the tied match.
Teenager Shaquana Quintyne bowled the Super Over, which went for just six runs, and then Deandra Dottin hit two leg-side boundaries to seal the victory.
“It is great for women’s cricket to see the crowds that have been turning out to watch women’s cricket over the last few weeks here in the West Indies...the public is really backing the players and they have been responding,” Campbell said.
WEST INDIES: Merissa Aguilleira (Captain), Shemaine Campbelle, Shanel Daley, Deandra Dottin, Chinelle Henry, Stacy Ann King, Kyshona Knight, Anisa Mohammed, Juliana Nero, Shaquana Quintyne, Tremayne Smartt, Shakera Selman, Stafanie Taylor
ENGLAND: Charlotte Edwards (Captain), Tasmin Beaumont, Holly Colvin, Kate Cross, Natasha Farrant, Lydia Greenaway, Jenny Gunn, Danielle Hazell, Amy Jones, Beth Langston, Natalie Sciver, Sarah Taylor, Laura Winfield, Danielle Wyatt
Umpires: Peter Nero, Joel Wilson
Television umpire: Gregory Brathwaite
Fourth official: Jonathan Blades
Match manager: Mervyn Jones