Canada's women won the inaugural ICC Americas Womens Championship thanks to a 5 wicket win over Bermuda. After winning the toss, Canada kept the Bermudian scoring under control until the later stages of the innings. Terry-Lynn Paynter spearheaded the batting with 58 runs but had limited support from her teammates. Four other Bermudians reached double figures. Britney Marshall reached 17 runs before being run out and opening bat Linda Mienzer's innings ended when retiring hurt on 11 runs.
Three Canadian bowlers kept the opposition run rate under control. Joanna White and Meara Crawford each bowled 8 overs for just 26 runs. Captain Ave Mogan took 1 wicket for 24 runs in 7 overs. Helene Gaffney took 3 wickets in 4 overs, but conceded 31 runs.
Canada lost two wickets, including Mogan for 10 runs, early in its innings. Kim Coulter batted well and ran well between the wickets. This kept the score ticking along, especially as her main partner, Joanna White, began to stoke the ball well around the ground. The pair posted the first century stand in Canadian Women's cricket history when the score reached 123 runs for 2 wickets. Coulter's sound innings ended when leg-before wicket to Stacy Babb for 37 runs. Two wickets quickly followed before White reached 50 runs not out, and Canada reached 173 runs for 5 wickets at the end of 35 overs. Bermuda gave away 49 runs from wides.
Coach Tony Cordle deserves great credit for his efforts.
The Trinidad & Tobago Under-17 women posted a big win over Argentina. The T&T side won all three matches against the ICC Associate countries in the Americas tournament. On Friday, this team will play the Americas XI. This match begins at 10.30 am at the Maple Leaf Cricket Club, King City.