Loretta Eligon will lead Trinidad and Tobago in the upcoming Under-19 Regional Invitational Tournament, organised by the T&T Women’s Cricket Association (TTWCA) and hosted by this country from July 18-21.
Eligon, of Phoenix Women Cricket Club, leads a squad with a number of TTWCA League regulars in the T20 competition, including Chantal Emmanuel and Kerdisha Benito of back-to-back League champs Moosai Ladies, Rackeal Bissoon (Phoenix Women) and Championship League’s Rosalie Dolabaille (Hibiscus Ladies).
At 15, Eligon skippered a Board XI when the TTWCA hosted their four-nation invitational tournament around the same time last year. Now she takes the reins of what looks a strong T&T team. Dolabaille will be her deputy.
Rhonda Jones is T&T coach, and former T&T and West Indies opener Brenda Solozano, who still plays for San Rafael Ladies in the Championship Division, will serve as manager.
T&T will also field an Under-19 Board XI team in the competition headed by San Rafael Ladies’ Reniece Boyce. Last year she represented the Board’s XI at the four-nation competition and was named Best Wicketkeeper.
Tramaine Edwards (San Rafael) has been named Board XI vice-captain, while Hibiscus Ladies youngster Alysha Gomez and Moosai’s Karishma Ramharack are also on the development team. Senior national team manager will perform that role for the Board XI, with T&T assistant coach John Trumpet as head coach.
The tournament will see three other rival nations compete in Guyana, Barbados and St Lucia, but St Vincent and the Grenadines pulled out of the tournament, which will be hosted at National Cricket Centre, Buggy Haynes Ground in Tacarigua, Caldrac Sports Ground in California and Honeymoon Park in Tunapuna.
Loretta Eligon (captain), Rosalie Dolabaille (vice captain), Alexsei Ali, Alicia Villafana, Alyssa Mano, Chantal Emmanuel, Kamara Ramdeo, Kerdisha Benito, Leandra Ramdeen, Rackeal Bissoon, Renelle Dookie, Sharnella Townsend, Rosemary Samaroo; Brenda Solozano (manager), Rhonda Jones (coach).
T&T U-19 Board XI:
Reneice Boyce (captain), Tramaine Edwards (vice captain), Alysha Gomez, Ameera Burgess, Atiya Lara, Karishma Ramharack, Katrice Hernandez, Khadijah Rahim, Leah Hosein, Nidia Andrews, Patrina Walcott, Renesha Boodoo, Rianna Farrow, Shantel Yearwood; Marjorie Thomas (manager), John Trumpet (coach).
T&T Board XI vs St Lucia, National Cricket Centre, 9.30 a.m.
Barbados vs Guyana, Caldrac Ground, 9.30 a.m.
T&T vs Board XI, National Cricket Centre, 2.30 p.m.
Guyana vs St Lucia, Caldrac Ground, 2.30 p.m.
T&T vs St Lucia, Buggy Haynes Ground, 9.30 a.m.
Board XI vs Barbados, Honeymoon Park, 9.30 a.m.
T&T vs Barbados, Honeymoon Park, 2.30 p.m.
Board XI vs Guyana, Buggy Haynes Ground, 2.30 p.m.
St Lucia vs Barbados, National Cricket Centre, 9.30 a.m.
Guyana vs T&T, Caldrac, 9.30 a.m.