Jamaica’s women battle champions Barbados in Super50 final
Barbados Captain Hayley Matthews (left) sweeps as Trinidad and Tobago wicketkeeper Reniece Boyce reacts during the regional Super50 Cup semi-final match in Guyana on Wednesday, June 22, 2022. (Photos: CWI Media)

JAMAICA’S cricketers will target the double when they battle defending champions Barbados in today’s final of the Women’s Super50 Cup in Guyana.

The Hayley Matthews-captained Barbados, who earlier in the tournament beat Jamaica by 11 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method in a rain-truncated contest, got to the final after outclassing Trinidad and Tobago by nine wickets in Wednesday’s semi-finals.

A day later, the Jamaicans trounced Guyana by eight wickets in yet another rain-affected encounter to earn their final berth.

Earlier this month, Jamaica, skippered by Stafanie Taylor, had dethroned Barbados in the regional women’s Twenty20 (T20) tournament in dramatic fashion.

The 50-over final promises to be another riveting affair, with both teams battling tooth and nail for regional supremacy in women’s cricket.

“All we have to do is go out there and play our best cricket and hopefully, come out on top,” Matthews said during an interview with Cricket West Indies (CWI) Media.

The West Indies batter, who has been in good form, said the top order has been solid for Barbados so far in the tournament.

“I think we’ve had a lot of our top-order batters batting really, really deep into the innings — which is definitely something that we have needed. It’s really great [that] I could’ve gotten that help at the top of the order and [to assist in] keeping our lower order fresh,” she said.

Jamaica’s spinner Vanessa Watts, who equally shared 10 wickets with pacer Chinelle Henry as they brushed aside the hosts in Thursday’s semi-finals, said she was pleased her performance directly influenced the result.

“It’s down in the back end [of the tournament] and I’m happy that [I] got some wickets and it paid off for my team. I just played according to the team’s plan and kept the ball where the team wants me to,” Watts said

— Sanjay Myers

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