Female cricketers set to create history
- named in Malteenoes squad to face Trinidad club
September 19, 2002
Two members of the national female cricket team which participated in the recently concluded West Indies women’s cricket competition in Guyana have been named in a 15-member Malteenoes division-one team to oppose the touring LT cricket club from Trinidad today at the Malteenoes Sports Club ground.
Fast bowler Michelle Fitzalbert and middle order batter Tracy Glasgow could create history today by becoming the first females to gain selection in a local first division cricket team if they are picked in the final eleven for today’s 40 overs game which is scheduled to commence at 11:00a.m.
The tall and lively 17-year-old Fitzalbert is the daughter of former national basketball centre Morton Fitzalbert and could share the new ball today with West Indies pacer Colin Stuart on what should be a bouncy Malteenoes track.
The Malteenoes batting will be led by Demerara wicket-keeper Troy Lewis, Troy Gobin, Winston Semple and national under-19 player Orin Ford and their presence could make it difficult for Glasgow, a member of this year’s West Indies President’s X1 female team, to break into the starting eleven today.
The Malteenoes Sports Club is celebrating its centenary year this year and their team for today’s clash also include former Guyana under-19 off-spinner Sean Devers while national player Lennox Cush and club captain Neil Barry will miss today’s game because they are both in the USA.
Meanwhile, the club, which was founded in 1902 by a Barbadian tailor named Ferdinand Archer, will also host a 10 overs female cricket competition on Saturday at their Thomas Lands ground.
The Tucber Park team of Berbice spearheaded by national female players Anabelle Lewis, Tracy Miller and Candacy Atkins, an East Coast selection, Malteenoes, an East Bank Essequibo side and a Police team are all expected to participate in the competition which starts at 9:00a.m.
All of the 14 national female players, including the three West Indies women’s team selectees from Guyana (Lewis, Atkins and Indomattie Goordyal) will be in action.
The matches will be played with white balls, colored clothing and black sightscreens and will be in preparation for the visit of a Sri Lankan women’s team which will tour the West Indies next year.
West Indies is also expected to participate in the next women’s World Cup in Holland next year which is added incentive for females in Guyana to take up cricket seriously at the domestic level.