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A talented mix of young and expe-
rienced players led the national women s
cricket team to an almost perfect tour
of South Africa from April 3 to 20.
The T&T women returned home, win-
ning eight out of their nine matches,
which included three 50-over matches
and six T20 matches. The only loss the
home team suffered was by five runs to
Northerns on April 9 in a 50-over
Captain Merissa Aguilleira had the likes
of seasoned campaigners Stacy-Ann King
and Gaitri Seetahal to lean on, both of
whom performed well. Some of King s
scores were 92, 54 and 50 not out, while
medium-fast bowler Seetahal was a con-
sistent wicket taker, ending the tour with
11 wickets. Both women have represented
West Indies in the past.
The team was also filled with exciting
young players. Chantal Emmanuel, Rack-
eal Bissoon, Samantha Bissoon and Selene
O Neil all made their debut on the tour
and performed admirably. The Bissoons
all-round performance and O Neil s bril-
liant fielding stood out. Some people
even compared O Neil s fielding to Kieron
Pollard and Dwayne Bravo.
However, the team s management
believes there is still room for improve-
ment in the fielding department.
The T&T women did not let the cool
South African fall season affect their per-
formance, wearing sweaters during some
of the matches. The fall season lies
between mid-February and April, fol-
lowed by the cold winter season from
May to July.
The biggest challenge that faced the
national team was Mignon du Preez. Du
Preez, who is the South Africa captain,
played for Northerns and an Invitational
XI on the tour. She showed her class
against the home team, scoring heavily
in most matches. The national team met
right-handed Du Preez in six matches,
three T20 and three 50-over matches.
Du Preez scored 437 runs in her six
When the team returned home, the
players all continued playing for their
respective club teams.
Next on the agenda for the senior team
is the West Indies Cricket Board tour-
nament in Grenada, starting early August.
The board has not yet decided if it will
be a 50-over or T20 tournament.
T&T will be seeking to take the final
step toward the North America and
Caribbean Rugby Association (Nacra)
Championship title when the national
15s team hosts a confident rival in
Guyana at UWI Ground, St Augustine,
on Saturday from 4 pm.
Both teams are coming off Round
Two-South wins over Barbados, with
T&T taking victory by a wider margin
last Saturday. A win over Guyana will
put T&T into Round Three, a one-off
final against a USA South team, on a
date to be announced.
The last time T&T met Guyana, the
latter controlled the entire encounter,
spurred on by home support in George-
town to win 20-0 which saw the Calyp-
so Warriors booted out of qualifiers for
the 2015 IRB Rugby World Cup.
Both teams will have a lot to say on
Saturday when they renew the biggest
rivalry in regional rugby. The hotly-con-
tested fixture was once trademarked in
the MacGregor Cup, which is currently
lodged at President s House in T&T. The
last few meetings, however, have been
those of Nacra and World Cup qualifiers,
in which Guyana has proved stronger.
Guyana, a fit, confident, and well-
trained outfit, will arrive in T&T later
this week hoping to capture another
T&T, meanwhile, which last won the
Nacra 15s title in 2010, will be buoyed
by its 19-6 win away to Barbados at the
Garrison Savannah, in which Jamal
Clarke scored one try and James Phillip
a double (and Kelson Figaro, with two
converted efforts). A week prior, Guyana
was lucky to take four points as it defeat-
ed Barbados by just two points, 19-17.
Members of Savio House celebrate after winning the Best Overall House prize
at Rosary Boys' RC's Bi Annual Sports and Family Day, which was held at the
Arima Velodrome on Sunday afternoon. PHOTO: CLYDEEN MCDONALD
T&T one step away from
Nacra tier three title
Young T&T women's
team shows promise
Members of the successful T&T women's cricket team which enjoyed a successful tour of South Africa last April.
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