For match no. 13 of the ongoing 2023 edition of the Women’s Twenty20 (T20) Blaze, Leeward Islands, and Barbados are set to lock horns. The game is scheduled to be played at Warner Park, Basseterre, on the 27th of May, 2023, at 5:30 PM Indian Standard Time (IST).
It will be interesting to see the approach of the Leeward Islands, a team that has suffered defeats in all four of their games this season, as they prepare to face Barbados, who have shown resilience by responding with three consecutive wins after their opening loss.
Leeward Islands – Davronique Maynard, Jahzara Claxton, Jenisen Richards, Saneldo Willett, Amanda Edwards, Cherry-Anne Moses, Divya Saxena, Kimberly Anthony, Tonya Martin, Tynetta Mckoy, Terez Parker, Davanna Claxton, Melicia Clarke, and Rozel Liburd
Barbados – Allison Gordon, Kyshona Knight, Theanny Herbert-Mayers, Aaliyah Alleyne, Asabi Callender, Hayley Matthews, Naijanni Cumberbatch, Alisa Scantlebury (WK), Kycia Knight (WK), Trishan Holder (WK), Aaliyah Williams, Keila Elliott, Shakera Selman (C), Shamilia Connell, Shanika Bruce
Players to watch out:
The 29-year-old batting all-rounder, in 6 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is), has scored 180 runs, including the highest of 70*, and has also got a couple of wickets to her name. Following a few cheap dismissals, Divya is back among runs having recorded scores of 31 and 37 in the previous couple outings.
The 17-year-old pace all-rounder is from the U-19 lot that toured South Africa for the U-19 World Cup earlier this year. In the T20 season, Jahzara has registered the best of 36, while has produced bowling figures of 0/19, 1/10, and 0/22 in her previous 3 outings.
The 31-year-old keeper-batter, in T20Is, in 65 T20Is has scored 801 runs, including the highest of 62*. Kycia in the series has improved her numbers in each outing, starting with a 9, then 16, 28 and in her most recent outing scored a fine 49.
The 33-year-old all-rounder, in T20Is, in 87 bowling innings has struck 51 times and has got the best of 3/23, while in 26 innings has scored 61 runs. Shakera had started well with the bat recording scores of 29* and 17* and is now delivering with the ball, having produced figures of 1/18, 0/13, and 1/22.
The 22-yard strip at Warner Park, Basseterre caters to both spinners and pacers with its array of variations. It would be wise for the batters to take their time and find their rhythm before shifting gears, targeting a competitive total in the 120s.
The conditions for the game aren’t ideal with scattered showers on the radar, even during match hours, which may cause interruptions and delays. However, if the skies clean up, the temperature is expected to hover around 29°C, with moderate winds and a humidity of 75%.
Fantasy playing XI:
Terez Parker, Kycia Knight, Divya Saxena, Jenisen Richards, Allison Gordon, Jahzara Claxton, Amanda Edwards, Aaliyah Alleyne, Shakera Selman, Shamilia Connell, Keila Elliott
Date – May 27, 2023
Time – 5:30 PM IST
Venue – Warner Park, Basseterre
Broadcast – All games of the tournament will be streamed live on the FanCode app and website.