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Sierra Leone Sports: Women’s Cricket- All set for NWACC Tournament

After months of effective preparation for the second edition of the Women’s North West Africa Cricket Council (NWACC) tournament, the Sierra Leone Cricket Association (SLCA) announced the final list of 14 players that will be competing to defend the title in Ghana from 19-23rd January 2018.
The Champions aim at retaining the trophy, having won the maiden edition in Banjul, the Gambia in 2015 with a remarkable unbeaten record.
Announcing the names of selected players Isatu Koroma who has improved on her batting in the past months during training, was recalled to the squad after her last tournament in Uganda 5 years ago. Marie Turay was also called up and she will be making her debut for the country.
Kent Cricket Club, Fatu Pessima who happens to be the youngest player in the squad will also be making her debut. She went with the team to the Gambia in 2015, but she was there to observe and learn more about international match procedures.
Her experience as spectator in the Gambia inspired the teenager to play quality cricket which led to her breakthrough in the national team.
Mid-West Captain, Fatmata Parkinson and Mary Turay were dropped from the squad. Both ladies were part of the squad that won the title in Gambia.
Their performance in training according to the Women’s Head Coach Sarah Johnson was not enough to convince the technical team to select them as they were virtually poor in batting, fielding and bowling.
“Their performance was below the belt, it affected them greatly. They are good players, but this is not their time because they’ve lost their form. This is not the end of their career, let them go and train for other competitions”, Johnson said.
The Coach informed that they’ve made steady progression over the past months in training, and the selection reflects hard work, quality and discipline. Noting it is good that the bulk of those who won the trophy are fortunate to be part of the squad.
“The team is balanced with a variety of quality bowlers, batswomen, fielders and wicket keepers. We have series of players who are all-rounders. The mixture of teenagers and experienced players is an added advantage for us”, the Coach indicated.
Team Captain, Linda Bull said they are more than determined to face the challenge, saying, they are not underrating the other nations, but with confidence they will win the title again.
As part of their preparations, the ladies played series of warm-up matches to keep fit ahead of the tourney. On Thursday, 4 January, they defeated the U-17 boys by 55 runs at the Prince of Wales grounds in Kingtom.
The ladies batted first and posted 104 runs for the loss of 8 wickets. Isatu Koroma scored 19 runs, Linda Bull scored 11 runs and Fatu Pessima scored 10 runs.
#The U-17 boys who failed to reach their target of 105, managed to score 51 runs. With This year’s NWACC tournament will feature host, Ghana, Nigeria, Morocco, Cameroon, Mali, Gambia and defending champions Sierra Leone.
List of Selected Players
Linda Bull (Captain)
Ann Marie Monica Kamara
Zainab Kamara
Adama Kamara
Janet Kowa
Aminata Kamara
Festina Max-Bangura
Mabinty King
Ramatu Kassim
Isatu Koroma
Fatu Pessima
Sunkarie Koroma
Marie Turay
Mabinty Sankoh
Monday January 8, 2018.

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