After a decade, Jamaica to enter U19 Women's T20 tourney

By April 09, 2019

For the first time in a decade, Jamaica will send a team to a regional U-19 Women’s Competition.

A delegation that includes 14 players will leave the island for Trinidad and Tobago on Monday, April 15 for a regional T-20 tournament, an initiative of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board that will also include teams from across the Caribbean and Canada.

It will run from April 15-22.

On previous occasions, Jamaica declined invitations citing insufficient preparations. However, the Jamaica Cricket Association started an under19 female programme in September 2018 as part of a new focus on youth development.

During a six-month camp, the JCA’s technical team advised the board that they were ready to accept the invitation from the TTCB.

“These young ladies are the future of the sport. They are the next generation of the senior team and will inspire their younger peers to step up,” said Coach Shane Brooks.

“They are aware of the legacy of their senior counterparts. They look on and see five Jamaicans in the West Indies outfit, and aspire to eclipse their records of performance.

“The potential and desire I see in them along with the encouragement from their parents and other supporters make me so proud. I’m really looking forward to seeing them grow from strength to strength.”

Jamaica last participated in a Regional U-19 Women’s Tournament in 2010 when they emerged as champions.

Several members of Jamaica’s current senior team emerged from that winning squad including Chinelle Henry, Natasha McLean, Roshana Outar, Alicia Bookal, Neisha-Ann Waisome and Priscilla Wilson.

Teams will participate in a round-robin format, playing each other once with the top two performers after five rounds squaring off in a final scheduled for April 21.

Novelin Ricketts will manage the squad that includes Aletheia Powell, Tijonae West, Jaunel Deers, Samar Nesbeth, Annalise Johnson, Anastasia Shearer, Kate Wilmott, Ranique Davidson, Kade Wilmott, Michaela Boreland, Lena Scott, Shantoy Campbell, Christara Stanbury and Captain Nicole Campbell.

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