Women’s cricket will be showcased at this year’s Hero Caribbean Premier League tournament. (Picture courtesy CPL)
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Five Barbadians have been named in one of the squads for the two women’s T10 matches that the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) will be hosting today and Saturday at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad.
Twin sisters Kycia and Kyshona Knight, Hayley Matthews, Aaliyah Alleyne and Shakera Selman are all part of the Courts Gladiators who will be captained by Grenadian Afy Fletcher.
The NLCB Revellers will be led by West Indies and Jamaica captain Stafanie Fletcher.
The two teams will play on October 10 and 12 at 3 p.m. and 12:30 p.m., respectively in the NLCB Challenge and Courts Invitational.
The Revellers will be made up from cricketers from Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago and Leeward Islands. The Gladiators will feature cricketers from Barbados, Guyana and Windward Islands.
Stafanie Taylor, who will be captaining the NLCB Revellers, said: “It is very pleasing to have an initiative such as this that the CPL has done for Women’s cricket in the Caribbean. It’s a long time coming to potentially have a women’s T20 franchise tournament here in the West Indies, bringing international players here to our conditions and pitches, just as we go to their leagues. No doubt this will aid Cricket West Indies in growing women’s cricket in the region.”
Courts Gladiators captain Afy Fletcher said it was a great idea.
“I think that it’s a great idea. Women’s cricket is rapidly growing so kudos to the persons for taking the initiative to find different avenues to expose the talent of the ladies of the Caribbean. Knowing that we have a small pool of female cricketers, I strongly believe that this is a stepping stone to move forward and also a way of attracting the eyes of the young girls across the region.”
These matches will take place before the semi-final and final of this year’s Hero CPL and ticket holders for those matches will be able to attend at no extra cost.
NLCB Revellers: Captain Stafanie Taylor (Jamaica), Anisa Mohammed (Trinidad & Tobago), Chinelle Henry (Jamaica), Natasha McLean (Jamaica), Chedean Nation (Jamaica), Jodian Morgan (Jamaica), Stacy-Ann King (Trinidad & Tobago), Reniece Boyce (Trinidad & Tobago), Britney Cooper (Trinidad & Tobago), Felicia Walters (Trinidad & Tobago), Karishma Ramharack (Trinidad & Tobago), Caneisha Isaac (Trinidad & Tobago), Shawnisha Hector (Leewards).
Courts Gladiators: Captain Afy Fletcher (Windwards), Kycia Knight (Barbados), Kyshona Knight (Barbados), Hayley Matthews (Barbados), Aaliyah Alleyne (Barbados), Qiana Joseph (Windwards), Akeira Peters (Windwards), Erva Giddings (Guyana), Shabika Gajnabi (Guyana), Kaysia Schultz (Guyana), Cherry-Ann Fraser (Guyana), Sheneta Grimmond (Guyana), Shakera Selman (Barbados). (PR/SAT)