T&T emerged champion of the T&T Women’s Cricket Association’s (TTWCA) Jubilee 19 & Under 4-Nation Invitational Tournament which ended on Sunday with a closing ceremony at the T&T Cricket (TTCB) facilities in Balmain, Couva. The local team, which was captained by Amanda Samaroo, played unbeaten in the five-team competition which was played at four venues the National Cricket Centre (NCC), in Couva, at Honeymoon Park in Tunapuna, UWISPEC in St Augustine and Caldrac ground, California. The ICC Americas team finished as runners-up while the TTWCA Board X1 was third in the inaugural Twenty20 competition. Shanice Pascall of the Board X1 was named the “Most Valuable Player” (MVP) while T&T skipper Samaroo picked up the award for most runs, Yasmine St Ange (St Lucia) collected the award for most wickets and Reneice Boyce of Board X1 was selected by the coaches as the best wicket-keeper in other individual awards distributed. On the final day of competition on Sunday, (Selene O’Neil scored an unbeaten half-century (57no) to guide T&T to a 32-run win through the Duckworth/Lewis method (D/L). T&T batted first and reached a score of 123/2 in 18 overs.
ICC Americas requiring 116 in 15 overs through the D/L Method, were bowled out for 84/4 in the allotted over. In the other match, the Board XI completed an easy 10-wicket win over St Vincent. Speaking on behalf of managers during the presentation function, Cinda Bobb, manager of the ICC Americas team and former manager of the St Vincent team and West Indies women’s team, commended the TTCB for giving its blessings to the TTWCA for this venture. It was used to fill the gap which has existed for the last four years since the WICB hosted its last Under-19 tournament. Her sentiments were strongly endorsed by Jenita Lewis, manager of the St Vincent team. Paula Daniel-Linton, marketing manager of Courts, who lent financial support to the project, attended the closing activities and acknowledged the TTWCA’s effort and remarked at the focus and intensity of the young cricketers in their approach to the game. She noted the team spirit and camaraderie she observed among the teams. Present at the function was TTWCA’s president Dr Patricia Elder who complimented the young women on their dedication, and reminded them that “cricket is a game, not only about the bat and ball but has elements with lessons for life of immense value for developing into strong, independent and well–rounded women and sound citizens”.
St Vincent 60/9 (20 overs) (Shanice Pascall 3/17) vs Board XI 61 without loss (8.1overs) (Shanice Pascall 15no, Alyssa Mano 11 no). Board XI won by 10 wickets
T&T123/2 (18 overs) (Selene O’Neil 57no, Chantal Emmanuel 54 no, Sharon Seaton 1/13) vs ICC Americas requiring 116 in 15 overs 84/4 (15 overs) (Sofia Retamales 27 no; Monali Patel 18, Samantha Ramoutar 10 no, Kamara Ragoobar 2/17, Crystal Hanslal 1/23). T&T won by 32 runs D/L method.
At Honeymoon Park: St Lucia 30/6 (8 overs) (Renelle Dookie 3/9, Loretta Eligon 2/3, Shanice Pascall 1/4) vs Board X1 32/2 (6.3overs) (Shanice Pascall 12 no, Reniece Boyce 9; Yasmine St Ange 1/4, Nerissa Crafton 1/3). Board XI won by eight wickets. Game reduced to 8 overs due to rain.
At UWISPEC: ICC 28 without loss (3 overs) (Monali Patel 12no, Veronica Vasquez 5 no) vs St Vincent, No Result (Rain).
At Honeymoon Park: T&T 145/7 (20overs) (Amanda Samaroo 44 no, Shernella Townsend 31, Seline O'Neil 13; Kemone Homer 1/18, Venisha 1/24, Samantha Cain 1/26) vs St Vincent 88/8 (20 overs) (Eselyn Turtin 18, Ronish Glasgoon 11; Amanda Samaroo 2/10, Crystal Hanslal 2/12). T&T won 57 runs.
At UWISPEC: ICC Americas 97/7 (18overs) (Veronica Vasquez 30, Sofia Retamales 12, Durriya Shabbir 12; Yasmine St Ange 2/17, Julia Simon 1/23, Marcrina Nelson 1/26, Teaddie Crawford 1/10) vs St Lucia 56 all out (16.5overs) (Paulina Francis 25; Sharon Seaton 4/19, Samantha Ramoutar 3/8, Triholder Marshall 2/7). ICC Americas won by 41 runs.
Team P W L NR Pts
1 T&T 4 4 0 0 0 12
2 ICC Americas 4 2 1 1 7
3 Board XI 4 2 2 0 6
4 St Lucia 4 1 3 0 3
5 St Vincent 4 0 3 1 1
MVP Overall: Shanice Pascall (Board X1)
Most Valuable Player for each team
ICC Americas: Sofia Retalameles
St Lucia: Paulina Francis
St Vincent: Sue Ann Martin
Board X1: Shanice Pascall
T&T: Selene O’Neil
Most Runs: Amanda Samaroo (T&T)
Most Wickets: Yasmine St Ange (St Lucia)
Best Wicket Keeper: Reneice Boyce ( Board X1)
Man–of-the- Match awards
T&T vs St Lucia: Crystal Hanslal (T&T) - 3/5, 12 no
Board X1vs ICC Americas: Sofia Retalameles (ICC) - 40, 1/12
St Lucia vs St Vincent: Yasmine St Ange (St Lucia) - 5/10
T&T vs Board X1: Amanda Samaroo (T&T) - 59 no
St Lucia vs Board X1: Shanice Pascall (Board XI) - 1/4, 12 no
ICC Americas vs St Vincent: No result rain
T&T vs St. Vincent: Amanda Samaroo (T&T) - 2/10, 44 no
ICC Americas vs St Lucia: Sharon Seaton (ICC) - 4/19
Board X1vs St Vincent: Shanice Pascall (Board XI) - 3/17, 15 no
T&T vs ICC Americas: Selene O’Neil (T&T) - 57 no