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MCC Women vs Trinidad and Tobago at UWI SPEC

For Release Upon Receipt - February 25, 2010

St. Augustine

             St. Augustine Campus hosts 20-over face-off against ladies from Lord’s

On Friday 26th February, The University of the West Indies (UWI) Sport and Physical Education Centre (SPEC) will host an historic limited overs encounter between the women of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and the Trinidad and Tobago national team.

The Twenty20 match, which will take place at The UWI SPEC in St Augustine from 6.30 p.m. on Friday under floodlights, is the first of seven matches that will be played at four grounds across the two islands, including two at Queen’s Park Oval. Other match venues in the 18-day tour are the National Cricket Centre in Balmain, Couva and Shaw Park in Tobago.

The opening affair between the Englishwomen and T&T is part of the run-up to Sunday’s highly anticipated double-header at the Queen’s Park Cricket Club featuring men’s and women’s matches. The women’s Twenty20 match will precede the men’s international Twenty20 match between West Indies and Zimbabwe at the Queen’s Park Oval in St Clair.

In another historic change, the 14-strong squad, captained by former England all-rounder Bev Nicholson, will be using pink balls in their three Twenty20 matches in Trinidad. They will also play four 50-over matches and run three coaching sessions, exposing coaches as well as secondary school students to their knowledge.

MCC Head of Cricket, John Stephenson, said, “MCC is committed to developing women’s cricket—from the fact women are engaged as professionals on our Young Cricketers staff to the work we do with female students at Loughborough MCC University. By beating England, the West Indies showed that women’s cricket in the region is resurgent, and I expect the competition to be tough and intense. The squad contains several coaches so they will be able to pass their skills on to young girls interested in the game in Trinidad & Tobago.”

As part of their first visit to Trinidad & Tobago, the MCC women were also feted in a cocktail reception at President’s House in St Ann’s on Wednesday night with First Lady Dr Jean Ramjohn-Richards, patron of the Trinidad and Tobago Women’s Cricket Board of Control.  

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February 23: Arrives in Trinidad February 24: Cocktail reception, President’s House February 25: Coaching at University of the West Indies, SPEC, and Reception at British High Commission. February 26: MCC vs T&T, 20 overs, University of the West Indies, 6.30 pm February 27: MCC vs T&T, 50 overs, National Cricket Centre, Balmain, Couva, 10 am February 28: MCC vs T&T, 20 overs, Queen’s Park Oval, 9 am March 1: Rest day March 2: Coaching, National Cricket Centre, Balmain, Couva. March 3: MCC vs T&T, 50 overs, Queen’s Park Oval, 10 am March 4: MCC vs T&T, 20 overs, Shaw Park, Tobago, 3 pm March 5: Coaching, Shaw Park, 9 am March 6: MCC vs T&T, 50 overs, Shaw Park, 10 am March 7: MCC vs T&T, 50 overs, Shaw Park, 10 am March 8: Rest day March 9: Coaching, Shaw Park. 9 am March 10: Depart for UK


T&T: Merissa Aguillera (captain), Anisa Mohammed (vice capt), Kirbyina Alexander, Britney Cooper, Whitney Cudjoe, Stacy-Ann King, Shenelle Lord, Alisa Mohammed, Natalie Ninah, Jerveena Pollucksingh, Amanda Samaroo, Janelle Samuel, Melissa Sandy, Gaitri Seetahal, Devika Singh, Marjorie Thomas (manager/coach), Steve Chadband (trainer)

MCC: Judy Wilmot, Bev Nicholson (captain), Katie Berry, Evette Burton, Alex Cram, Emma Elsom, Sarah Ginn, Sinead Goodden, Charlotte Russell, Lesley Smith, Marilyn Smith, Beth Wild, Stephanie Williams, Hannaa Zaman


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