Guyana easily defeated Leeward Islands by 10 wickets in the second round of the Cricket West Indies (CWI) Women’s Rising Stars U19 T20 Championship, at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy on Wednesday.
Electing to bat first, the Leewards were bowled out for 61 all out in 18.3 overs in the CWI Women’s Rising Stars U19 T20 Championship.
All of Guyana bowlers were on song with right-arm off spinner Niveena Ramnauth 4-2-3-3 and right-arm medium pacer Cyanna Retemiah 4-2-14-3 being the best on show.
Guyana’s Head Coach Julian Moore said, “The plan for us was just to keep it as simple as possible you know. We asked the girls to execute the basics as consistently as possible and they have done that. We can’t ask for anything else from the bowlers. I think there are certain areas we still need to brush up on but all in all I think we’re getting there.”
Only two batters reached double figures with Jahzara Claxton 18 off 25 balls with three fours and Kimberly Anthony made 12 off 10 balls with a four and a six.
Realeanna Grimmond, right-arm medium pacer, who earlier picked up 2-9 from three overs, returned to star with the bat, as she struck six fours in a 33 not out off 29 balls and together with Naomi Barkoye on six not out they took Guyana to victory in 7.4 overs.
Grimmond boosted the team to victory ensuring that Guyana stayed unbeaten in round two following their nine-wicket success over Barbados in the opening round on Tuesday. She was duly named Player-of-the-Match.
Moore said, “We didn’t come into the tournament with the best of preparation. You know the rain is in Guyana. So for these girls to come out here and to really give a good account of themselves it’s really encouraging for the other games coming up.”
Guyana will now go on to face Jamaica on Friday. Guyana stays tied at the top of the ranking table alongside Trinidad & Tobago and the USA with eight points.