Canada has regained the top spot in women’s cricket in the region and, in the process, has qualified for the 2013 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup qualifier at a venue to be announced later.
The national side was declared the winner of the one-week Americas Cup Twenty/20 qualifier in the Cayman Islands last week after rain washed out the decisive contest between Canada and neighbours the United States, the only unbeaten teams in the tournament.
Canada had a superior net run-rate.
Coach George Codrington said he was satisfied with the performance.
“We performed better than expected considering the team had not played together since 2010 and we are now coming out of winter,” said Codrington. “The fact that we went to the Cayman Islands a week before the tournament started definitely helped our preparation.”
The national team brushed aside Brazil by 126 runs, Bermuda by 77 runs, the Cayman Islands by 106 runs and Argentina by 11 runs in a game reduced to five overs a side because of bad weather. In the clash with the host country, Victoria’s Joanna White, who went to the crease at number four in the fourth over, slammed an unbeaten 99.
Kaisoca Cricket Club middle-order player, Duriya Shabbir, was the tournament’s top run producer with 153 while White was the runner-up with 148.
Leg-spinner Kamna Mirchandani was tied for the top wicket-taker title with eight while left-arm medium-pacer Lorraine Fenton picked up six.
Codrington said he hopes Cricket Canada will arrange a few practice matches for the players before they compete in the World Cup qualifier.
“Hopefully, we can get some games against the United States so the girls can gain more playing experience,” he added.
Canada won the first two regional tournaments in 2007 and 2009 before succumbing to the Americans two years ago in the Greater Toronto Area.