St Ann women lift JCA T20 title


St Ann women lift JCA T20 title

Thursday, November 14, 2019

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St Ann Cricket Association secured top honours in the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) Women's T20 Championship after beating Westmoreland CA by four wickets at Melbourne Oval on Saturday.

The final was contested by Westmoreland CA and St Ann CA with the latter winning the toss and electing to field first.

They restricted Westmoreland to 100-3 from their allotted 20 overs. Jessica Wedderburn, who made 30 not out, and Neisha-Ann Wisome (22 not out) were the top scorers. Jerona Walcott picked up 2-15 off four overs for St Ann.

In response, the dominant women from the “garden parish”, who won the 50-over competition in September, reached 104-6 with six overs to spare. Walcott proved to be quite handy with the bat, getting 40 runs, which earned her the player-of-the-match award. Captain Rashada Williams scored 26 runs.

In the third-place play-off, Portland CA defeated Melbourne CC by six wickets. Melbourne posted 79-2 from 12 overs, while Portland met the target in 11 overs with a score of 80-4.

Despite not being sponsored, the competition continues because of the JCA's commitment to strengthen and support women's cricket. In October 2018 the JCA created a five-year strategic youth development plan which, among other things, is intended to place focus on national talent identification and preparation from early phases, including at the Under-19 level of the women's game.

“We have to get more women playing more competitive cricket and at an earlier phase as well,” said JCA Chief Executive Officer Courtney Francis.

“Increasing the number of teams in our senior level women's competitions will only happen if we get them playing more as teenagers. This has been on the cards for a while and at the 2018 retreat we committed to bringing it to the fore.

“It is not a sponsored competition just yet, but we will be seeking partnership to help it grow. We have ensured that the coaches at this level are properly equipped and are able to get our ladies technically sound with their stroke play and other areas of playing the sport,” he said

There are currently four Jamaicans in the West Indies tour of India — Captain Stafanie Taylor, Chedean Nation, Chinelle Henry, and Natasha McLean.

Francis added: “We must put in the effort as a governing body to ensure that when Stafanie Taylor and the other Jamaicans in the Windies team are exiting the sport there are capable Jamaicans to replace them and to eclipse the high standards set by the current crop of women cricketers.”

The JCA's women's competitions were this year contested by four teams – St Ann Cricket Association, Portland Cricket Association, Melbourne Cricket Club and Westmoreland Cricket Association.

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