U-19 Girls Home From T&T
GEORGETOWN, GUYANA - The Guyana Under-19 female cricketers experienced mixed fortunes in the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) Invitational T20 Competition which was contested from July 18-21, 2013 in Twin island Republic.
This tournament was organised between four territories interested in developing their young female cricketers.
The young ladies, 12 of whom played cricket for the first time overseas, won one game, lost one and two were abandoned due to rain. The team accumulated four points in all; two for the win and one each for the abandoned matches.
Their venture into the competition started on Thursday. The first match against Barbados was washed out, but they easily defeated St Lucia by five wickets in the second which was reduced to 15 overs a side.
St. Lucia batted first and totaled 63-5 with Mandy Mangru accounting for two of the wickets. Guyana chased down the target comfortably reaching 64-5 in 13.2 overs. Latoya Smith and Lashana Toussaint were among the runs with 22 and 14 respectively.
On Saturday, they lost to Trinidad and Tobago Board XI who posted 74-8 in their 20 overs, and bundled out Guyana for 55 in 18.3 overs.
Then on Sunday, in their final match, Guyana had Trinidad and Tobago’s main team suffocating at 28-9, but the host managed to reach 56-9 in their 20 overs. Paffiana Millington grabbed 3-11 while Steffi Rodney, Mandy Mangru and Monique Benn snatched two wickets each. Guyana did not get a chance to reply as the rain came and washed out the rest of the game.
Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago’s Board XI were tied at the top with five points, but Barbados was adjudged the winner since they had a better net run rate. As part of the Guyana Cricket Board’s Developmental Plan, especially as it pertains to women’s cricket, the tour was arranged to ensure the national female team was provided with necessary exposure in blooding new talent. The GCB covered all airfare costs and stipend for players.
Before the team departed for the tour, the GCB engaged the Under-19 girls in trial matches with the senior women as preparations for them to be competent enough to take on their regional counterparts.
The team consisted of Anita Goberdhan, Daveena Goberdhan, Latoya Smith, Odesa Caesar, Lashuna Toussaint, Mandy Mangru, Erica Batson, Paffiana Millington, T’Keyah Isaacs, Shabika Gajnabi, Steffi Rodney, Shirley Boyce, Monique Benn, Teniesah Cort. The Manager was Tremayne Smartt with Andre Percival as the Coach.