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Young T&T women’s team shows promise
A talented mix of young and experienced players led the national women’s cricket team to an almost perfect tour of South Africa from April 3 to 20. The T&T women returned home, winning eight out of their nine matches, which included three 50-over matches and six T20 matches. The only loss the home team suffered was by five runs to Northerns on April 9 in a 50-over encounter.
Captain Merissa Aguilleira had the likes of seasoned campaigners Stacy-Ann King and Gaitri Seetahal to lean on, both of whom performed well. Some of King’s scores were 92, 54 and 50 not out, while medium-fast bowler Seetahal was a consistent wicket taker, ending the tour with 11 wickets. Both women have represented West Indies in the past. The team was also filled with exciting young players. Chantal Emmanuel, Rackeal Bissoon, Samantha Bissoon and Selene O’Neil all made their debut on the tour and performed admirably. The Bissoons’ all-round performance and O’Neil’s brilliant fielding stood out. Some people even compared O’Neil’s fielding to Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo.
However, the team’s management believes there is still room for improvement in the fielding department. The T&T women did not let the cool South African fall season affect their performance, wearing sweaters during some of the matches. The fall season lies between mid-February and April, followed by the cold winter season from May to July. The biggest challenge that faced the national team was Mignon du Preez. Du Preez, who is the South Africa captain, played for Northerns and an Invitational XI on the tour. She showed her class against the home team, scoring heavily in most matches. The national team met right-handed Du Preez in six matches, three T20 and three 50-over matches. Du Preez scored 437 runs in her six innings. When the team returned home, the players all continued playing for their respective club teams. Next on the agenda for the senior team is the West Indies Cricket Board tournament in Grenada, starting early August. The board has not yet decided if it will be a 50-over or T20 tournament.