June 3, 2008

Women's cricket

Americas camp for women a success

ESPNcricinfo staff

Eleven women from three ICC Americas Associate countries - Argentina, Bermuda and Canada – were joined by four players invited from Trinidad and Tobago at the first women’s regional cricket camp in the Americas. The ten-day camp was headed by a coaching staff of three former West Indies women's internationals: Ann Browne-John, Stephanie Power and Jasmine Sammy.

ICC Americas Regional Development Manager, Martin Vieira, visited the camp in Trinidad and said: “I am delighted when a project is planned, implemented and progressed as successfully as this. All involved, officials of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board at the complex, coaches and managers, and the players, have agreed it was a huge success."

In addition to daily drills and educational sessions in several areas, the group played as an Americas X1 in three games versus local competition. The management and coaching staff were amazed at how quickly the girls gelled as a team and the vast improvement in their skills over the ten-day period.

The Canadian contingent comprised Joanna White and Meara Crawford from British Columbia, plus Ontario’s Monali Patel and Mona Persaud. All four Canadians had visited Trinidad and Tobago in April in the first ever overseas tour by the women’s national squad. The Trinidad & Tobago Women’s Cricket Board had helped organize and partly fund that tour.

Argentina was represented by Catalina Greloni, Cecilia Birnie, Deifina Canton and Veronica Vasquez, and the three Bermudian playing participants were Rickelle Smith, Shuntae Todd and Stacey Babb (Bermuda).

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