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St Ann tops JCA Women’s T20

Published:Wednesday | November 13, 2019 | 12:37 AM
Jamaica Cricket Association President Wilford ‘Billy’ Heaven (right)  presents a model cheque for J$100,000 to St Ann CA’s captain Rashada Williams as winners of the JCA Women’s T20 Championship.
Jamaica Cricket Association President Wilford ‘Billy’ Heaven (right) presents a model cheque for J$100,000 to St Ann CA’s captain Rashada Williams as winners of the JCA Women’s T20 Championship.

The St Ann Cricket Association secured top honours last weekend in the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) Women’s T20 Championship. This comes as the dominant women from the ‘Garden Parish’ won the 50-over competition in September.

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, would focus on national talent identification and preparation from earlier phases to include the women at the under-19 level.

“We have to get more women playing more competitive cricket and at an earlier phase as well,” said JCA CEO 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.”

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. 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 for three from the allotted 20 overs. Batsmen Jessica Wedderburn (30 not out) and Neisha-Ann Wisome (22 not out) were the top scorers, while Jerona Walcott picked up two for 15 from four overs.

In response, St Ann won with four wickets in hand and six overs to spare, scoring 104 for 6 from 14 overs. Captain Rashada Williams scored 26 runs, while Jerona Walcott proved quite handy with the bat getting 40 runs, which earned her the Man of the Match award.

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 for 4.