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February 4, 2014
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Jamaica's Windies reps leave for NZ tour

Stafanie Taylor - file

Jamaica's six representatives on the West Indies senior women's team left the island yesterday to join up with the rest of the squad in Barbados.

Stafanie Taylor, Shanel Daley, Chenelle Henry, Natasha Morgan, Carla Cohen, and newcomer Vanessa Watts were fêted at a breakfast reception by the Jamaica Cricket Association hierarchy headed by CEO Courtney Francis and secretary Fritz Harris.

Also in attendance were chairman of the JCA selection panel Wavell Hinds and long standing fitness instructor David Bernard Sr who will be accompanying the girls on the tour.

According to the JCA CEO Francis, the girls will be undergoing a fitness test in Barbados before travelling to New Zealand for their eight-match tour.

"The girls will play three ODI's and five T20s in New Zealand after which they will then travel to Bangladesh for the ICC Women's World T20 Championship. We are elated to have six representatives on the West Indies Women's team, and this just goes to show that we are doing something right here with regards to our women's cricket," Francis said.

Veteran Taylor, who has five centuries and 16 half centuries to her name, is looking for another productive series having dominated the Kiwis when they toured the Caribbean recently.

"I had a good series against the New Zealanders when they came to the West Indies, and I am looking to improve on my batting. My aim is to convert more of my half centuries into centuries, and if I do that I would feel I had a successful tour," she said.

Newcomer and all-rounder Vanessa Watts, who is getting her first senior call-up is looking to first get into the team before setting her sights on any goal.

"I must say I was surprised when I got the call, but I have been working on my game and I know once I get the opportunity I will be ready."

The first ODI against New Zealand bowls off in Lincoln on February 22.

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