Guyana looks for consolation win against Windwards

Windward Island captain, Afy Fletcher.

Despite the Cricket West Indies Colonial Medical Insurance Women’s Super50 title eluding Guyana once again, the hosts will look to salvage a consolation win when the play Windward Islands in the final round of the tournament today at the Georgetown Cricket Club ground.

The two teams have only managed one victory each with both sides defeating Leeward Islands in emphatic fashion.

For the locals, Shemaine Campbelle has continuously been instrumental for the team especially in the batting department which has collapsed repeatedly following her departures.

Shemaine Campbelle

Campbelle has scored 45, 111, 40 and five so far in the tournament, the only consistent batter in the side. Apart from the West Indies player, Shabika Gajnabi and Treymane Smartt are the only two to manage a half century while Gajnabi got into the 20s on two occasions but gifted her wicket to the opposition on both occasions. Openers, Mandy Mangru and Sheneta Grimmond, both of whom have gotten starts but also failed to carry on, will need to do more at the top of the order while the middle and lower order will be expected to support each other.

Guyana will want to experiment with their batting line up a bit, since Melanie Henry, who is playing as a specialist batter but coming in at seven, has not reaching double figures in the tournament.

The think-tank of the hosts could be tempted to hand teenager, Afruica Gentle her debut or opt for the other spin option in Lafona Gilgeous with Plaffina Millington reportedly having a foot issue.

Their bowling has been ordinary with the exception of left-arm seamer, Erva Giddings who continues to go hard at oppositions.

Left-arm spinner Kaycia Schultz has gotten little to no opportunity to bowl as well as medium pacers, Cherry-Ann Fraser and Gajnabi.

In preparation for the T20 Blaze that begins immediately after the Super50 concludes, Guyana will want to give all their options a try. Campbelle has stated that the girls are making small strides but their batting has continuously failed. Nevertheless, her side will be looking to gain meaningful momentum heading into the shorter format.

Their fielding has been equally disappointing and the captain suggested that they will

Erva Giddings

need to work extra hard on that aspect of the game if they want to have a chance in the Blaze tournament.

Meanwhile, Windwards, who has showcased a poor run so far has been overly dependent of captain, Afy Fletcher who has been their leading wicket taker with 10 scalps and a half century to her name.

Pearl Etianne has also chipped in with both bat and ball as their second highest wicket taker while scoring 47 against Jamaica.

Veteran Juliana Nero showed some promise with an unbeaten 30 in the last match, Stacy Ann Adams scored a half century against Trinidad and Tobago but no other batter has stepped up.

With Qianna Joseph suffering an injury in the third round, their bowling woes continue as their have struggled to bowl out any team in the competition.

Aria Fortune could be handed her first match of the tournament as a replacement or Windwards would stick with Narissa Crafton who has not made an impact so far.

The first ball bowls off at 09.30 hrs.

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