Head coach for the Barbados women’s team Ezra Moseley is impressed with what he has seen so far from players who were in training at Kensington Oval yesterday in preparation for the upcoming Iris Walker Memorial Tournament.
Speaking with Barbados TODAY at the Oval, Moseley said he was satisfied with the players’ response on the first day of practice sessions before the tournament commences on January 23. According to him an early start to the tournament would not be such a bad idea in order to give the West Indies players a chance to play a few games before they depart for duty.
“Early start to preparation is something we have been thinking about and most of the girls are going to be away about six or seven weeks with the West Indies team so we are thinking about starting the tournament a little earlier in order for a couple of the girls to play a few games before they go away. I don’t think that should be a big problem, I think with the girls going away on West Indies duties also give the other girls an opportunity to really showcase their talent. Nonetheless I am very pleased with the turnout this evening and even though we do not have everybody I think for a first day practice I am happy,” said Moseley, who coached Barbados to victory over Jamaica last year in the Regional Women’s Super50 Competition.
About four teams are scheduled to contest the tournament including defending champions University of the West Indies Blackbirds who took a clean sweep of both the T20 and 50-over formats. Many of the players in training will seek to impress national selectors and earn a place on the senior team based on their performance during this year’s tournament.
Moseley also hinted at the possibility of a few overseas players participating in the tournament which was something done in the past but the Barbados Cricket Association he said had not yet finalised that.
However the former West Indies player said he saw a lot of potential locally for young upcoming female cricketers who could possibly wear national colours which augured well for the Barbados team who are seeking to give a good account of themselves when they defend their 50-over trophy.
“We got a lot of persons making the Barbados team for the first time and Desha Murphy and Alyssa Scantlebury are under-19 players that I am hopeful will continue to play and hopefully try and make the senior team in a year or two. They have shown a lot of commitment and interest in the cricket. What we are trying to do is attract a lot more young players in order to improve women’s cricket in Barbados and the more girls we get playing cricket the better.
“We have a good all-round side. Our batting has depth. I think our bowling is very strong. We tend to defend any total that we set opposition but we will not rest [on our laurels] and will try to improve on both areas because they is always room for improvement. Once we do that we can go anywhere the tournament is being played and give a good account of ourselves,” said Moseley.
He is being assisted by former Barbados and West Indies player Pamela Lavine who is on the coaching staff at the BCA along with Richard Clarke who was the man responsible for Wesley Hall Juniors winning their 11th Guardian Group-sponsored National Sports Council’s Herman Griffith Primary School Cricket Competition last year.