The inaugural edition of the Women’s Caribbean Premier League (W-CPL) kicked off on the 1st of September with a faceoff between Barbados Royals and Trinbago Knight Riders. The brief little schedule saw the same two teams eventually contest in the final on the 5th of September which had the latter win the title in the inaugural edition of the league. Below we bring to you a detailed report on the same.
Trinbago Knight Riders
The eventual title winners got their season underway in the best of fashions by defending a low score of 114 to win the contest by 1 run and then the side in their 2nd game against Guyana Amazon Royals didn’t have a result due to rain.
The eventual runners-up, the Royals after losing to Trinbago Knight Riders in the opener by a run while chasing a total of 114 responded well in their 2nd game against Guyana Amazon Warriors by restricting the side to a total of 100 that they then chased down for the win with an over and 4 wickets in hand.
Amazon Guyana Warriors
The side in its opener against Trinbago Knight Riders did well to restrict them to a total of 105/6 in 20 overs and in reply were 13/0 after 2 overs but with the weather not permitting any further play, the game ended without a result. Guyana’s outing against the Warriors saw them get to 100/7 in 20 overs but the total didn’t prove enough as the latter chased down the total comfortably for the win.
The team seedings after league stage matches are shared below. The top 2; Trinbago Knight Riders and Barbados Royals gaining 3 and 2 points respectively qualified to the finals, leaving behind Guyana Amazon Warriors who will now wait for the next season to get a win on the board.
1st innings: Trinbago Knight Riders – 100/7 (20)
Knight Riders put in to bat first lost opener Lee-Ann Kirby early on a score of 3(10), but not a lot was harmed as Sune Luss’ brief stay alongside Deandra Dottin got the team a good partnership which saw curtains with the wicket of Luus on 12(16) with 43 on board. Dottin wanting to stitch a partnership, saw the opposite as wickets fell on an end with Natasha McLean on 3(7), Hayley Jensen on 2(3), Kyshona Knight on 8(14) and Jannillea Glasgow on a first ball duck departed. Meanwhile, Dottin got to her 50* but was next to depart on 59(62) which got her team to close out on 100/7 in 20 overs.
For Barbados, skipper Hayley Matthews picked up 3 wickets for 22 runs off her 4 overs. Qiana Joseph with a wicket had the most economical spell with an economy rate of 3.50 and the rest on the list were Afy Fletcher, Chloe Tryon and Shakera Salman with a wicket each.
2nd innings: Barbados Royals – 90/10 (18.4)
The Royals in reply had a poor start with Aaliyah Alleyne and Britney Cooper departing early on scores of 7(9) and 0(5). Hayley Matthews looking to blueprint Dottin’s innings was going well but continued to lose partners on an end as Chloe Tryon and Chinelle Henry on scores of 7, Qiana Joseph on 3(5), Reniece Boyce on 2(7), Snigdha Paul on 4(6) and Afy Fletcher on 0(2) made their way back. Next to depart was the skipper herself on the score of 46(49) with 89 on board and 10 balls to spare. A couple of balls later, Mandy Mangru on 0(1) was bowled and a loud roar from the Knight Riders camp got the party started.
Women’s CPL – Finals
Trinbago Knight Riders beat Barbados Royals by 10 Runs to claim the Championship Title 👏🥳#CricketTwitter #TKR #CPL22 pic.twitter.com/TqaFq0Wz9T
— Female Cricket (@imfemalecricket) September 5, 2022
The Riders had, Anisa Mohammed top the wickets chart with figures of 3.4-0-16-3 and had Sheneta Grimmond, Hayley Jensen and Sune Luus with a couple of wickets each while Lee-Ann Kirby’s spell register figures of 1-0-1-1.