Cricket South America Women’s Championship, Rio de Janeiro, 2016

The 4th Cricket South America Women’s Championship took place in Rio de Janeiro – for the first time – from October 28th – 31st, at São Fernando Cricket e Polo Club. It was held in conjunction with the 13th Men’s South American Championship, at the same venue.

The participating teams were Brazil, Argentina and Peru. Peru claimed the bronze medal this year, but despite there being only three teams, it was still a competitive championship for the Vicuñas, and a reward for all the hard work put in to take Peruvian Women’s Cricket to the next level.

15032826_890508704418358_4189928498068789559_nThe Peru women’s team (the Vicuñas):

  • Sadie Rodea (c)
  • Jade Rodriguez
  • Jennifer Vidler
  • Silvana Uceda
  • Simone O’Connor
  • Giovanna Barco
  • Samantha Hickman (Player-Coach)
  • Tricia Bissessar-Yarna
  • Caitlin Bissessar-Yarna
  • Nilma Dole
  • Nathalia Franco

DAY 1, FRIDAY OCTOBER 28, GAME 1 – BRAZIL V PERU

The Vicuñas first game was against the home side, Brazil who were raring to bring home victory on their home turf! Peru won the toss and elected to bat first.

The Vicuñas got off to a strong start with O’Connor and Hickman batting in a powerful opening partnership of 71, before Hickman (35) was caught out in the 13th over.

O’Connor continued on, unwavering, as the strong Brazilian bowling line up started to gain some momentum and the Vicuñas lost a few quick wickets. Reinehr, from the Brazilian team, halted the run rate as she took 2 for 13 off 3 overs.

Despite this shake up, Peru batted out the 20 overs, finishing with a competitive score of 92, with O’Connor doing the Vicuñas proud with a solid 24*.

14925550_884743098328252_1302566946526032715_nWith a total of 92, the Vicuñas knew they would have to be tight in their bowling, as well as in the field, if they were to have a chance of defending their score. Barco and Rodriguez opened the bowling for the Vicuñas, with Rodriguez taking an early wicket to get the momentum going, the Vicuñas had Brazil 1-2. Barco was one of the more economical bowlers with 2 overs for 10 runs.

Unfortunately for Peru, the momentum of their early wicket did not continue: Brazil passed the total of 92 in the 12th over, thanks to an exceptional partnership of 93 by Moretti and Reinehr, who scored 26 and 34 respectively.

DAY 1 RESULTS

  • Brazil (101 for 3 off 13.5) defeated Argentina (100 for 7 off 20)
  • Brazil (95 for 1 off 12.2) defeated Peru (4 for 92 off 20)

DAY 2, SATURDAY OCTOBER 29, GAME 2 – ARGENTINA V PERU

Peru came to day 2 ready to give it their all as they faced the fearless Argentinian line-up.

Argentina started off strong with the early wickets of Hickman and Ucedes, and Peru found themselves in a bit of a sticky situation. The Vicuñas previously steady ship in the Brazil game, was suddenly sailing choppy waters, but Rodriguez threw a steady anchor into the equation as she entered at #3 and helped Peru through to 63 with crafty running between wickets and a solid defensive game.

Despite the falling wickets around her, Rodriguez finished on 16*. Peru managed to bat out nearly all their overs, only being bowled out in the 19th over. Greloni (2 for 16 off 4) and Basile (2 for 11 off 4) topped the bowling with 2 wickets each.

Argentina went into bat with openers Del Valle and Castiñeiras, and Peru were ready to make it has hard as possible for Argentina to obtain the runs. Peru managed to get two quick wickets in the first few overs. Valle who was bowled by a brilliant O’Connor ball for 3, and Castiñeiras who was run out for 4 by Ucedes, after a brilliant recovery from a dropped catch as she peppered it into Rodea at the stumps.

Despite the quick wickets Argentina fought back hard with Huerres and the captain of the Argentinean team, Vasquez, who steadied their own temporarily unstable ship and sailed them on, passing the target of 63 comfortably in the 10th over with Vasquez scoring 31* and Huerres 13*.

DAY 2 RESULTS

  • Argentina (64 for 2 off 10) defeated Peru (63 for 10 from 19)
  • Brazil (125 for 9 off 19.4) defeated Argentina (93 for 10 off 17.4)

DAY 3, SUNDAY OCTOBER 29, GAMES 3 AND 4 – PERU V BRAZIL, PERU V ARGENTINA

Peru came to Day 3 ready to play 2 tough games in a row, Brazil followed by Argentina.

GAME 3: PERU V BRAZIL

Brazil was first in to bat, forcing the Vicuñas to buckle down in the field as Brazil came out firing with Reinehr hitting a quick 20 off 9 balls before being caught out with a brilliant overhead catch by O’Connor off Hickman’s bowling.

Vicentin came in and fired off an impressive 57 off 44 balls. Reis came in and was shortly sent back by Hickman (2-25) with the Vicuñas first LBW of the series. Moretti settled in quite nicely finishing with a fantastic 67 off 61 balls.

Brazil batted out their overs for a grand total of 188, despite the Vicuñas best efforts in the field.

Peru went in for the chase with Hickman and O’Connor getting them off to a solid start with a 38 run partnership before O’Connor (12*) retired hurt in the 10th over.

Rodea came in when the pressure was mounting for runs and, her wicket fell at the 11th over, followed by Hickman’s (18) soon after in the 14th, where Peru found themselves on 47. Unfortunately the run rate was not quite fulfilling the conditions for a win by Peru, so from here the aim was to bat out the rest of the overs.

14938100_889933334475895_2140124197464347202_nAnd Peru did just that with some solid batting performances. Included was an exceptional batting display by Rodriguez who once again saw the Vicuñas through to the end with a solid 21* from 18.

Other brilliant batting performances were that of Ucedes who showed some marvelous technique and patience facing up to some of Brazil’s best bowling, finishing up with a valuable contribution of 11* in a partnership of 37 with Rodriguez.

Moretti (2 for 13 off 3) and Vicentin (2 for 17 off 3) both finished with strong bowling figures, with Medeiros (1 for 12 off 2) snaffling the 5th wicket with some superbly flighted bowling.

Peru batted out their 20 overs finishing on a consistent score of 89, in response to Brazil’s 188.

GAME 4, ARGENTINA V PERU

After a solid performance in the game against Brazil, Peru was vying for a spot in the final. Peru went in to bat first with O’Connor and Hickman. The first wicket of O’Connor was lost after only 9 runs in the 4th over, and as such the pressure was mounting to get a respectable score, but the Argentinean team did not give one inch of room to move with their superb fielding, keeping the pressure on with every ball.

14910303_890042251131670_3491250168471814837_nCaptain Rodea came in at #3 and performed very solidly, giving the Peruvians a base to work from in her solid 36 run partnership with Hickman which came to an end at the end of the 15th over. At this point with 4 overs remaining, Peru was 2 for 45 and its run rate was not looking too positive as it edged towards the 20th over, struggling to get through the seemingly unbreakable Argentinean barrier in the field.

Bissessar-Yarna came in and played some solid defensive shots before being run out, followed by Rodriguez and then Bissessar-Yarna Junior. If there was ever a crunch time, this was it, and as such the Peruvians rose to the challenge and raised the tempo up a notch in the last four overs, catapulting 36 runs, finishing with a solid 4 for 81 off 20 overs. (Hickman 48*).

Peru had managed to get their score up to a respectable total so now it was time to defend it as best as they could. Argentina came in strong, losing only 1 wicket with Stocks (47*) and Vasquez (17*) both batting remarkably, reaching the target comfortably in 7.2 overs, and securing Argentina’s place in the next day’s final, against Brazil.

14947821_890489257753636_4331972574259451290_nDespite the losses the Vicuñas performed remarkably, improving with each game they played setting up a strong foundation for the year to come with strong performances in the field:
– Vidler found her place at Point, intimidating the batsmen with her agile movements and aggressive intent at the ball.
– Bissessar Senior made her mark at Silly Mid On, putting the pressure on from ball 1 of every innings. – Rodea provided stability and a set of safe hands behind the stumps.
– Bissessar Junior was a gun in the field at Third (wo)Man, , attacking the ball like a lion to its prey.
– Franco bowled superbly and threw herself at the ball in the field, with great intent.
– Dole found her spot at Mid On, putting the pressure on to stop the singles at critical points in the game.

DAY 3, RESULTS

  • Brazil (188 for 2 off 20) defeated Peru (89 for 5 off 20)
  • Argentina (82 for 1 off 7.2) defeated Peru (81 for 4 off 20)

DAY 4, MONDAY OCTOBER 31, GRAND FINAL – BRAZIL V ARGENTINA

15037303_893478994121329_859287702341177610_nBrazil were batting first and zoomed through to 152 off their 20 overs, with the loss of only 2 wickets, with Reinehr top scoring with 43.

Argentina went into bat with a powerful target of 153 to win off 20 overs, they would need a run rate of 7.65 per over to achieve the win. After 2.4 overs Argentina had got off to a powerful start with 19 runs on the board before their first wicket put a spanner in the works.

Vasquez came in and steadied the ship, forming a 50 run partnership with Stocks to get them to 69 in the 9th over before Vasquez (20) was run out by some superb fielding by Alves. At this stage Argentina needed 83 runs off 63 balls to secure the win, a very doable total.

Unfortunately the loss of a few quick wickets saw Argentina 4-73 in the 11th over with the loss of an important wicket in Stocks, who was bowled by Moretti for 24. Argentina now needed 79 runs off 53 balls, the target slipping further away from them.

Unfortunately for the Argentineans the Brazilians had stolen the momentum with these wickets and were more alive than ever in the field, taking the last 6 wickets for 35 runs, bowling the Argentineans out in the 17th over for 108. Moretti (3 for 21 off 4), Vicentin (2 for 18 off 4) ran through the Argentinean batting line up in a critical period.

The Brazilian women’s team won by 44 runs with strong performances from both teams to make a competitive final!