Guyana women’s team departed for Trinidad and Tobago for the WICB Regional Super50 Tournament which begins on Thursday, August 6, 2015. Guyana had finished runner-up to Jamaica in the tournament last year in Dominica.
President of Guyana Cricket Board (GCB), Drubahadur, had a meeting with the ladies last evening where he pointed out that they are not short on talent and he is looking forward to see them bring home the title this year. He added that they did an excellent job in the last two years reaching the semifinal and final. He further noted that they may feel pressured but they need to approach the tournament match by match, be discipline, focused and also have fun.
He continued that they need not panic as there are seasoned players in the team who have represented West Indies. He called on these players to lead by example for the younger ones and be available to assist them when the need arises. He reminded them that they are a team and they need to remember that and put the team first at all times.
The President recalled that the weather was not good for the past couple of months and as such they couldn’t get in practice matches. Nevertheless, GCB saw that they had practice sessions at the Guyana National Stadium and the Chetram Singh Centre of Excellence Hostel during their encampment.
He wished the players a safe and successful tournament, noting that they should feel happy and privilege to represent Guyana. He assured the players that GCB is confident that they will come back victorious.
Chairman of the Senior Selection Panel, Rayon Griffith wished the ladies a successful tournament and told them to go out there and play competitive and professional cricket. He added that regardless of the situation, they must always be disciplined because when one person misbehaves, she tarnishes the entire team and their country. Griffith also called on the players to respect their coach and manager and adhere to their rules.
The Chairman reminded the experience players that they have the task of guiding the new comers and younger players and they have to be willing and proactive in that regard. He asked the young players not to hesitate to ask for help when they need it because they have to ask questions and pay keen attention to learn.
Six teams will be competing in the tournament. These are Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago, North Windward Islands, South Windward Islands. Each of the teams will play the other once in a round-robin competition and the two teams accumulating the most points will contest the final on Sunday, August 16, 2015.
Guyana squad: Tremayne Smartt (captain), Erva Giddings, Subrina Munroe, Melanie Henry, Shamaine Campbelle (vice-captain), Katana Mentore, Mandy Mangru, Hasena Mohamed, Kavita Yadram, Akaze Thompson, Lashuna Toussaint, Heema Singh, Sheneta Grimmond, and Plaffiana Millington. The Manager is Carol Nurse and the Coach is Andre Percival.