Cayman’s recently formed women’s national cricket team are priming themselves for a huge tournament here in a few weeks’ time.
The Pepsi International Cricket Council Americas Women’s T20 Championship is at the Jimmy Powell Oval in West Bay and at George Town’s Smith Road Oval from 22-29 April. Visiting teams are the USA, Canada, Bermuda, Argentina and Brazil.
Premier McKeeva Bush and Minister of Sports Mark Scotland held a press conference last week to confirm details about the tournament. Also there was some of the cricket community’s top brass; Courtney Myles (President), Theo Cuffy (Technical Director), Sheila Rankine (women’s rep) and Sydney Moore (umpires’ rep).
Odette Campbell is the manager of the Cayman side that has a squad of 14 players. The bowlers will include Carmel Harms, Desrene Cox, Natasha Roberts and Vanessa Cameron and the main batters will be Harms, Wyvonne Forbes, Paulette Pinnock and Pamela Martin.
The squad has been training five times a week and have practice matches on Sundays. Their training includes fielding drills, simulating match situations, field placing, target scores and, of course, plenty of net practice.
The recent visit of two top West Indies women players really inspired them. Stafanie Taylor and Shanel Daley are two of the world’s best players who passed on tips to the novices.
Campbell said: “It was a pleasure having the West Indies players here with us. They reinforced the basics that our coaches impressed on and they showed how much enjoyment we could have playing cricket and provided some motivation for us going forward.
Odette knows little about the opposition but she is aware that the USA, Canada and Bermuda are the strongest.
Molly-Ann Moore (capt), Vanessa Cameron, Desrene Cox, Wyvonne Forbes, Carmel Harms, Kimberly Collins, Pamella Martin, Melrose McFarlane, Paulette Pinnock, Sheila Rankine, Natasha Roberts, Verryll Seymour, Carneth McField and Indiana Watson-Scott.