Top female teams for Women's Sixes
Dorothy Hobson, chairperson for the women's committee of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) is anticipating a successful staging of the first-ever JCA Women's Sixes tournament.
The competition, to be held at Melbourne Oval tomorrow beginning at 8:30 a.m., will feature several of the country's clubs and parish associations women's teams.
These include DW People's Choice of Westmoreland, Melbourne Women (formerly Mayberry), St Elizabeth Women, St Mary Women, St Ann Women, and the Mico Women.
"The responses from clubs, parishes and players has been excellent, with at least two parish associations entering teams in national competition for the first time," said Hobson.
"The new teams will from Portland and Trelawny, and with the six-a-side format of the tournament, we expect to have non-stop entertainment."
Hobson, a former national player, has also expressed the hope that the tournament will help to revive interest in women's cricket locally.
Jamaica has failed to host a national competition for women in three years.
"We haven't had local inter-club competitions for quite a while now, and this is simply untenable," said Hobson, who was recently appointed to her post.
"The JCA has also been questioned by the West Indies Cricket Board as to why this continues to be the situation.
"The hope, therefore, is that this competition will help to restart the inter-club process, and bring back life into local women's cricket," she added.
The women's committee, which also includes coach of the national women's team, Cleon Smith, is also looking at staging another two tournaments before the end of the year.
"The committee has just started, and after the six-a-side tournament we intend to organise national Twenty20 and one-day equivalents," noted Dobson.
"This is also in addition to plans we have to start a schools competition, beginning in January 2016."
The JCA women's committee is completed by West Indies territorial development officer, Phillip Service; former G.C. Foster principal, Yvonne Kong; national Under-15 coach, Oral Simpson; Pauline White-Anderson; and West Indies player Stafanie Taylor.