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Rain in forecast as Jamaica Women bow into regional T20 action

Published:Tuesday | June 7, 2022 | 12:12 AMLennox Aldred/Gleaner Writer
Shane Brooks
Shane Brooks
Stafanie Taylor
Stafanie Taylor

After an absence of two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, regional women’s cricket is slated to restart in Guyana today, weather permitting, as the Cricket West Indies (CWI) Women’s T20 Blaze takes centre stage.

The CG United Women’s Super50 Cup, which was scheduled to be played first, has now been switched to the latter part of the competition due to the prevailing weather conditions in Guyana. The T20 Blaze will now start the tournament at the National Stadium in Providence

The Jamaica Scorpions team was greeted on arrival in Guyana Sunday night by heavy showers and according to head coach Shane Brooks, things don’t seem like improving any time soon with more rain on the horizon.

The Jamaica Women are slated to play the last game of a triple-header tonight at 7 local time against Trinidad & Tobago Women. The Jamaicans will be led once again by veteran Stafanie Taylor. The squad also includes West Indies players Rashada Williams, Chinelle Henry and Chedean Nation.

Two new faces have been included in the 14-member squad, with Portland-based fast bowler Celine Whyte being joined by St James left-arm spinner Jodian Brown.

According to Brooks, the squad has been through an intense six-week training programme before their departure to Guyana, and the team is ready to put in a good showing by not only participating but taking home trophies.

“We stand a good chance as any other team as the nucleus has not changed. We do not lack experience, but the only drawback is that persons are not as sharp as we would want due to the lack of competitive cricket, but we are here to win.”

One player who Brooks will be heavily reliant on is captain Taylor, who is expected to factor with both bat and ball on the slow-spinning Guyana surfaces.

“She (Taylor) is class. She is a player who is very experienced and has a lot of knowledge. She always looks to have her best game when she represents the country,” added Brooks.

In the other opening-round fixtures, the Leeward Islands Women will face the Windward Islands Women followed by the Barbados Women versus Guyana Women.

Jamaica squad: Stafanie Taylor (captain), Rashada Williams, Tameka Sandford, Natasha McLean, Jodian Morgan, Vanessa Watts, Keneshia Ferron, Neisha-Ann Waisome, Chinelle Henry, Jerona Walcott, Corrine Howell, Chedean Nation, Jody-Ann Brown and Celina Whyte.