Jamaica win Women’s Super50 Cup for the first time since 2014

The Cricket West Indies organized, the Women’s Super50 Cup, a domestic one-day competition organized began in 1975–76, as a first-class competition, but is now played as a 50-over competition, featuring six teams, namely; Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Leeward Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, and Windward Islands.

Jamaica win Women's Super50 Cup for the first time since 2014
Jamaica win Women’s Super50 Cup for the first time since 2014

Jamaica clinched the 2024 Women’s Super50 Cup championship with an impressive display of consistency, securing four consecutive wins throughout the tournament, despite facing defeat in their last league game, suffering a 5-wicket loss to Guyana.

In a series of cricket matches, Jamaica demonstrated remarkable prowess, securing victories across multiple encounters. Their first match saw an outstanding performance as they triumphed over Barbados Women with a commanding victory of 204 runs, top scored by Stafanie Taylor’s 99 and Chinelle Akhalia Henry’s 93 off 69 balls, Jamaica bowled Barbados out for 89 runs, led by Stafanie Taylor and Vanessa Nakeita Watts both claiming 2 wickets each.

Jamaica’s impressive form continued in the subsequent matches, where they displayed exceptional skills against Leeward Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, and Windward Islands, emerging victorious with varying margins. In the match against Leeward Islands, Stafanie Taylor, and Vanessa Nakeita Watts both dismissed 3 batters each, bowling Leeward Islands all out for just 98 runs. In the chase, the unbeaten knock of Rashada Williams’s 29 runs and Chedean Natasha Nation’s 61 runs assisted them to reach the target in 11.2 overs, clinching a convincing win by 9 wickets.

Continuing on their winning streak, Kate Wilmott, leading with 3 wickets, restricted Trinidad and Tobago to 168 runs. They clinched a 5-wicket victory over Trinidad and Tobago, with the highest score of 70 runs by Chedean Natasha Nation. Their resilience was evident in a closely contested match against Windward Islands, where they secured a narrow victory by 3 wickets. Chinelle Henry’s impressive 6-fer off 31 runs restricted the Windward Islands to 175/9. Opener Rashada Williams amassed 72 runs, while Natasha Yannick McLean’s fifty led the chase, resulting in a win by 3 wickets in 36.1 overs.

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However, their winning streak was interrupted by Guyana, who won by 5 wickets by the DLS method, in a game reduced to 44 overs. Jamaica set a target of 72, top-scored by Rashada Williams with 31 runs, but the team was bowled out at 27.1 overs by Guyana’s bowlers, with Ashmini Munisar claiming 3 crucial wickets. In pursuit, Guyana chased down the target with the loss of 5 wickets, led by Mandy Mangru who top-scored with 24 runs. Despite Jamaica’s efforts, they could only manage to claim 5 wickets, with Neisha-Ann Waisome and JB Deers both securing 2 wickets each. Despite this setback, Jamaica’s performance throughout the competition highlights their strength and determination.

Six teams competed in a series of five matches each. Jamaica emerged as the top-performing team, securing victory in four matches while suffering one loss, amassing a total of 24 points with an NRR (Net Run Rate) of 1.832. Following closely in second place, Guyana triumphed in four matches but faced one defeat, scoring 18 points with an NRR of 0.924. Windward Islands claimed the third spot, with three wins and two losses, earning 16 points and registering an NRR of 0.347.

Defending champions Barbados finished fourth, securing three wins but conceding two losses, totaling 14 points with an NRR of -0.747. Trinidad & Tobago secured the fifth position, winning only one match out of five and accumulating 4 points with a NET RR of -0.467. Lastly, Leeward Islands ended at the bottom of the table, suffering defeat in all their matches and failing to earn any points, resulting in a NET RR of -1.642.

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