THIS newspaper joins in applauding the West Indies women's cricket team for their inspirational, come-from-behind series victory over New Zealand at Sabina Park this week.
After a heartbreaking one-run loss to the visitors on Sunday, the West Indies rebounded with the spirit of true warriors to win the second game by 89 runs on Tuesday and the third by 95 runs on Thursday.
We are told that this is the first such series victory by Caribbean women against New Zealand.
It is yet more evidence of the continuing growth of women's cricket in the Caribbean following the regional side's surprise second-place finish at the women's cricket World Cup in February.
We are at one with president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Mr Dave Cameron, who has described the women's latest success as a "tremendous triumph and a true show of character".
Yet again, it was demonstrated that the West Indies women boast among their numbers, players to compare with the very best in the world. Those include top all-rounder Ms Stafanie Taylor, the player of the tournament, and others such as Ms Deandra Dottin and Ms Shanel Daley.
The growing popularity of the women's game in the Caribbean is reflected in the fact that the WICB has decided to "make available for broadcast" live action from the International Women's tri-nation series involving West Indies, England and New Zealand, October 14-26.
We are compelled to say in this space, as we have said in the past, that while the WICB has been guilty of many missteps down the years in their handling of the men's game, the contrary has been largely true in respect to women's cricket.
Of course, there is much more to be done, especially at club, school and community levels.
It is hard to believe, but is nonetheless true, that Jamaican players of the calibre of Ms Taylor have developed without the support of a schools' league or properly organised club/community structure.
Surely, the sky will be the limit for women's cricket should all stakeholders finally get their act together.
In that regard, we expect that in this country, the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) executive, which takes charge following the upcoming voting congress, will in partnership with the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA), Institute of Sports and others, set about an organised grass-roots structure for women's cricket.