Sweet taste of success

Young female cricketer licks fingers after Super50 experience


Sunday, August 17, 2014

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BUOYED by the experience of representing Jamaica's Regional Women's Super50 title-winning set-up, Rashada Williams aims to keep soaring.

She told the Sunday Observer at the end of the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association's (ISSA's) cricket season that getting into the national set-up would have been her next move.

And true to form, she did just that.

A student of Spanish Town-based Eltham High School, Williams seems to be following closely in the footsteps of regional captain Stafanie Taylor, who is also a former student of the school.

The 17-year-old's recent achievement has left her beaming.

"It feels really great being a part of the team for the first time and coming back as champions; it's really exciting and I am so happy.

"The competition was really good, the cricket was intense but I just had to go out there [and] do the work while having fun," she said shortly after the team's arrival at the Norman Manley International Airport on Friday.

Williams, however, remains in doubt about continuing her education at Eltham, but the memory of where her career started will be an eternal source of pride as she pursues her lifelong dream.

"I want to thank Mr Simpson for all the hard work and for seeing my potential and believing in me [and] telling me that I can go far," she said in paying tribute to Eltham's cricket coach Oral Simpson.

With seven runs now credited to her first-class career, the aspiring player is well aware of the requirements to get up to the next level and she says she will be doing extensive work all-round.

Meanwhile, national coach Cleon Smith has high hopes for Williams.

"She is one to look out for, she has been playing in high school so she has some knowledge of the game and she would have advanced over the other new players.

"This [playing for Jamaica] represented a big step from the level that she has been playing, but I think she handled herself well. She is one for the future, and once she remains focused, her name will always be on the cards," he said.

Smith also spoke glowingly of other newcomers in the team, Shereka Shelton and Sherene Burnett.

Shelton, 25, despite not playing, is also elated about the new experience.

"I must give God thanks [as] it was my first tour with the team and it was really exciting. I am really happy for the girls that they got their championship again and I am already looking forward to next year," she noted.




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