Defending champions Tamana United retained their round-robin title with an impressive victory over arch-rivals Cricket Lovers when the California Women’s Windball Cricket League launched its 2014 season at Macaulay Park, California, on Saturday.
Batting first in the final, Tamana scored a respectable 21 in their allotted three overs, losing four wickets in the process. Top scorer was Leeann Kirby with eight runs. Tamana then restricted Cricket Lovers to 13 for four, after a stifling first over by Yvette Samuel who captured two wickets for one run.
It was a double celebration for Tamana United who were also adjudged Best Uniformed Team. Sporting their traditional yellow and green outfits, the Tamana ladies cut attractive figures on the field of play.
It is the second straight year that Tamana have won both the opening round-robin and best Best Uniformed Team titles. Victorious captain Sylvie Bhola was elated at the fighting spirit of her team-mates and said they intend to take the opening success to the other major competitions ahead. “We are taking this momentum to the league and knock-out competitions,” she added.
Earlier, Tamana turned back Ball Players in the first semi-final, scoring 22 for three, overhauling Ball Players total of 19 off their three overs. Cricket Lovers cruised to victory in the second semi-final, amassing 27 for 1, and restricting Victors X1 to 14 for 1.
Wilton ‘Flex’ Griffith, founder and coordinator of the league, said the 2014 season would be very competitive since most of the teams were already engaged in other leagues. The California league, he added, was a nursery for women’s cricket, with several players going on to represent Trinidad and Tobago at the national level. The experienced players who have also played for the national team have been passing on advice to the upcoming stars, he noted.
Matches in the league competition, which carries a cash prize of $8,000 for the champions, bowl off at Macaulay Park on Saturday, April 12.