A three-wicket haul from “player of the match” Plaffianna Millington, and composed innings from Sheneta Grimmond helped Guyana to a five-wicket win against Leeward Islands in the third round of the Regional Women’s T20 Blaze tourney in St Kitts & Nevis.
And after the game, Guyana captain Shemaine Campbelle dedicated the win to the people of Mahdia, after 19 children lost their lives in a destructive fire there.
“It is a great feeling to win. We came out with a plan, knowing that we want to win this game and dedicate it to those back home in Guyana, and the girls that lost their lives. It was a big game for us and the fans back home. It is hard for the families, but on behalf of the Guyana female team, we are mourning with you guys,” Campbelle said.
Playing at the Warner Park on Tuesday evening, Guyana restricted Leewards to 93-6 in 20 overs. Millington continued her consistency with the ball this season, claiming 3-21 in four overs. She was supported by Shabika Gajnabi, who had 1-13, and by Ashmini Munisar, who had 1-16 in four overs.
Divya Saxena top-scored for Leewards with 31 from 43 balls, which had three fours. Amanda Edwards (13) and Kimberly Anthony (12) added to the tall for Leewards.
In reply, Guyana ended on 94-5 in 17.4 overs. Grimmond top-scored with 26 from 29 balls, while Shemaine Campbelle made an unbeaten 23 from 24 balls to help Guyana cross the line.
After three matches thus far in the T20 Blaze, Guyana have recorded two wins and suffered one defeat. They are second on the points stable, behind Barbados with eight points, and they are equipped with a positive run-rate.
Guyana will play Jamaica on May 25, and Trinidad and Tobago on May 27. (GTimes)