St Ann CA win JCA Women’s T20 Championship
Jamaica Cricket Association President Wilford ‘Billy’ Heaven (right) presents the Player-of-the-Match trophy to St Ann CA’s Jerona Walcott who picked up two for 15 from overs and scored 40 runs to lead her team to victory over Westmoreland CA in the final of the JCA Women’s T20 Championship at the weekend.
The St Ann Cricket Association defeated Westmoreland Cricket Association by four wickets to secure top honours in the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) Women’s T20 Championship at the weekend.
As a result of the victory, St Ann CA completed the double after winning the 50-over competition in September.
Sent in to bat, Westmoreland CA were restricted to 100 for three from the allotted 20 overs with Jessica Wedderburn (30 not out) and Neisha-Ann Winsome (22 not out) making most of the runs.
Jerona Walcott was the best bowler for St Ann CA with two for 15 from her four allotted overs.
St Ann CA replied with 104 for six to win with six overs remaining. Jerona Walcott led the batting with 40, while captain Rashada Williams supported with 26 runs.
In the third-place playoff, Portland CA defeated Melbourne CC by six wickets. Melbourne posted 79 for two from 12 overs while Portland met the target in 11 overs with a score of 80 for four.
The competition went ahead despite the absence of a sponsor because of the JCA’s commitment to strengthen and support women’s cricket.
In October 2018 the JCA created a five-year strategic youth development plan which, among other things, would focus on national talent identification and preparation from earlier phases to include the women at the under-19 level.
“We have to get more women playing more competitive cricket and at an earlier phase as well,” said JCA CEO Courtney Francis. “Increasing the number of teams in our senior level women’s competitions will only happen if we get them playing more as teenagers; this has been on the cards for a while and at the 2018 retreat we committed to bringing it to the fore. It is not a sponsored competition just yet, but we will be seeking partnership to help it grow. We have ensured that the coaches at this level are properly equipped and are able to get our ladies technically sound with their stroke play and other areas of playing the sport.”
There are currently four Jamaicans in the West Indies tour of India captain Stafanie Taylor, Chedean Nation, Chinelle Henry, and Natasha McLean.
Francis added, “We must put in the effort as a governing body to ensure that when Stafanie Taylor and the other Jamaicans in the Windies team are exiting the sport there are capable Jamaicans to replace them and to eclipse the high standards set by the current crop of women cricketers.”
The JCA’s women’s competitions were this year contested by four teams – St Cricket Association, Portland Cricket Association, Melbourne Cricket Club and Westmoreland Cricket Association.