Vincentians, Trinidadians ready for showpiece final of Women's League

Kingstown, St Vincent: The stage is all set for the final of the West Indies Cricket Board’s Women’s 50-Over League. On Wednesday defending champions Trinidad and Tobago will face host nation St Vincent and the Grenadines at Arnos Vale Playing Field 1. First ball is 10 am (9 am Jamaica Time).

Trinidad and Tobago are confident they can repeat last year’s triumph in Guyana. St Vincent and the Grenadines are also confident – they are playing on home soil and will have the support of the vocal home crowd. A good match is in store. The Vincentians had some tough battles on their way to the final.

However they have demonstrated their depth with some good batting by the lower-order and great variety in their bowling attack. They finished second to Trinidad and Tobago in Zone B – losing the head-to-head contest by a just 13 runs at the same venue where the final will be played – and then fought back strongly to beat Jamaica in Monday’s semi-final.

The Trinis know they have to bring their “A” game. They did so in the preliminary round matches and also the semi-final win over Barbados, when they stifled the Bajans in the last 10 overs. They have a very good allround team, with batting all the way down to Number 11, and the tournament’s best bowling attack – led mainly by their spinners.

TEAM NEWS
St Vincent and the Grenadines:
Have no major injury worries. All players are available for selection
Squad: Cordel Jack (captain), Phernel Charles (vice captain), Juliana Nero, Roshelle John, Sheree-Ann John, Melissa Bellingy, Samantha Lynch, Shanome Clarke, Clea Hoyte, Nicole Samuel, Terisha Lavia, Camille Garrick, Mishka George,  Anesha Williams

Trinidad and Tobago: Have no major injury worries. All players are available for selection
Squad: Anisa Mohammed (captain), Kirbyina Alexander (vice captain), Alisa Mohammed, Whitney Cudjoe, Allison Collins, Shenelle Lord, Britney Cooper, Stacy-Ann King, Melissa Sandy, Gaitri Seetahal, Jerveena Pollucksingh, Janelle Samuel, Nicole George, Jovankha Simon

CAPTAINS SPEAK
Cordel Jack (St Vincent and the Grenadines):
Every match has been like a final for us so we are used to playing under pressure. All I am asking of the girls is that they go out and play well and we are confident it will work out in our favour. Once we back ourselves we know we can do the job ... just take it one ball at a time. The strength in this team is the teamwork. Most of the players have played at the Under-23 level when we dominated ... we are maturing and playing excellent cricket.
Anisa Mohammed (Trinidad and Tobago): We are ‘hyped’ and we are ready to go! From the first ball we bowled in this tournament we were motivated to defend our title. Everything is working well – the batting is clicking and the bowling is spot on. The advantage we have is that all our players have the ability to bat. In every game so far, someone different has stepped up with a big performance. We play as a team and we are not leaving the work to one person. We don’t think were favourites. We are playing in their country and they will have home support and they are familiar with the conditions. We will be going all out to win.

KEY PLAYERS
Cordel Jack (St Vincent and the Grenadines):
The team’s most experienced player and captain, she holds the key to the batting. At the start of the tournament she opened but moved down to add more stability to the middle-order. Also a clever off-spinner.
Juliana Nero (St Vincent and the Grenadines): A classy right-handed batter who has played at the highest level. She is a fine stroke-maker who likes to hit the ball over the top in the early overs. She is expected to provide a solid foundation at the top of the order.
Sheree-Ann John (St Vincent and the Grenadines): One of the players who has put her hand up and done very. She was involved in two vital partnerships in the lower-order. Also has the additional responsibility of bowling at the start of the innings, a job she done very well.
Britney Cooper (Trinidad and Tobago): Tall, athletic and strong, this talented allrounder is the main batter in the side. She showed class with a counter-attacking half-century against Barbados after the side slipped to 7-2.
Stacy-Ann King (Trinidad and Tobago): One of the leading allrounders in the West Indies. She is a left-handed batter and left-arm seamer. She can open the batting or bat in the middle-order; and bowl at the crucial ‘death’ overs.
Anisa Mohammed (Trinidad and Tobago): The captain and main spin bowler, she has caused problems for all opponents so far in the tournament. Her off-breaks, as well as those from her twin sister Alisa, should be a handful for the Vincentians.

Other matches on Wednesday:
Third/Fourth place play-off: Barbados v Jamaica at Arnos Vale 2
Fifth/Sixth place play-off: Guyana v St Lucia at Stubbs
Seventh/Eighth place play-off: Dominica v Grenada at Victoria Park