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Defending champ T&T faces Barbados in opener
Title-holders T&T, led by Merissa Aguilleira, will be challenged by arch-rivals Barbados in their opening match of the Women’s Regional Super50, today at the Sion Hill in St Vincent and the Grenadines.
The local women cricketers will bank on their experience as the T&T side will be boosted by a number of West Indies women’s players including its skipper, Anisa Mohammed and allrounders Stacy Ann King and Britney Cooper, who were all members of the regional team that won the ICC Women’s T20 Cup, last year in India. Mohammed will serve as vice captain
Other regional women’s stars will be on show as the likes of batting stars Stafanie Taylor of Jamaica and Deandra Dottin of Barbados suit up for their respective sides.
Taylor will seek to lead Jamaica past Leeward Islands when the teams meet at Park Hill while Windward Islands will take on Guyana at the Arnos Vale Sports Complex in their opener.
T&T ‘s unit include Karishma Ramharack, who was selected as a reserve on the WI T20 champion squad, youngster Reneice Boyce, bowlers Felicia Walters and Kamara Ragoobar, allrounders Leeann Kirby, Kirbyina Alexander and Shenelle Lord and batsman Rachael Vincent.
Twenty-year-old Boyce was skipper of the local Under-19 team that won the T20 Championsips held in T&T, last year. In that tournament, she won the award for most wicket keeping dismissals while her teammate Ragoobar got the prize for most wickets. Boyce was also one of three players, who were part of last year’s WICB Emerging Player Camp. The others were Walters and Kirby.
The newcomers are Caneisha Isaac and bowler Shanice Pascall.
Each team will play the other once in a five-round round-robin format, with the top two teams advancing to the final.
The tournament designed to further strengthen the West Indies Women’s squad for their campaign in the ICC World Cup in June. Selectors will be using the tournament to identify possible new talent which can supplement the existing West Indies squad for the June 24 to July 23 50-overs tournament in England.
T&T: Merissa Aguilleira (captain), Anisa Mohammed (vice-captain), Kirbyina Alexander, Reniece Boyce, Britney Cooper, Caneisha Isaac, Stacy Ann King, Lee Ann Kirby, Shenelle Lord, Shanice Pascall, Kamara Ragoobar, Karishma Ramharack, Rachael Vincent, Felicia Walters
BARBADOS: Shakera Selman (captain), Kycia Knight (vice-captain), Aaliyah Alleyne, Shaunte Carrington, Shamilia Connell, Deandra Dottin, Kelia Elliott, Rashida Goring, Reshelle Griffith, Kyshona Knight, Hayley Matthews, Alisa Scantlebury, Charlene Taitt, Shanna Thompson
GUYANA: Tremayne Smartt (captain), Shemaine Campbelle (vice-captain), Shakiba Gajnabi, Erva Giddings, Melanie Henry, Mandy Mangru, Katana Mentore, Plaffiana Millington, Subrina Munroe, June Ogle, Kaysia Shultz, Heema Singh, Lashuna Toussaint, Akaze Thompson
JAMAICA: Stafanie Taylor (captain), Chedean Nation (vice-captain), Karla Cohen, Shanel Daley, Keneshia Ferron, Chinelle Henry, Natasha McLean, Jodian Morgan, Roshana Outar, Tameka Sanford, Neisha-Ann Waisome, Jerona Walcott, Vanessa Watts, Rashida Williams
LEEWARD ISLANDS: Shawnisha Hector (captain), Saneldo Willett (vice-captain), Jasmine Clarke, Davnna Claxton, Amanda Edwards, Kiaye Hanley, Sherma Jackson, Dawn-Marie Layne, Rozel Liburd, Tynetta McKoy, Terez Parker, Grace Persaud, Jenisen Richards, Eldora Sylvester
WINDWARD ISLANDS: Afy Fletcher (captain), Juliana Nero (vice-captain), Stacy Ann Adams, Holly Charles, Roylin Cooper, Nerissa Crafton, Aria Fortune, Krisani Irish, Cordel Jack, Quiana Joseph, Akeira Peters, Rosilia Registe, Glendeen Turtin, Swayline Williams