Andrew Harris, Gleaner Writer
A confident Jamaica women's cricket squad left the island yesterday for Grenada to defend their regional 50 overs and Twenty20 titles.
Captain Stafanie Taylor and vice-captain Shanel Daley both expect Jamaica to do very well at the tournament.
"We are defending champions for both the 50 overs and T20 competition, and I expect the team to do well in both," Taylor said shortly before the team departed.
"The team will do their best on the pitch, and as long as we keep our composure, we are good," she added.
Daley said the team has been working very hard and she expects this to be reflected in their performances on the pitch. "I expect us to go out there to do our best and put our best foot forward," said Daley. "As long as we do our best then the expectations will be met."
Coach Cleon Smith said the team is well prepared going into the tournament and he is confident that they will deliver.
"We prepared as best as we could ... and I expect us to win this tournament," said Smith.
Coach Smith expects grand performances from Taylor, Daley and Natasha McLean, all currently representing the West Indies women's team and Chadine Nation, a former Windies player. The regional tournament bowls off on August 5.