Windies de­but was amaz­ing for Henry

The Star (Jamaica) - - SPORTS - JER­MAINE LAN­NA­MAN

West In­dies and Ja­maica Women young bats­man Chinelle Henry says mak­ing her in­ter­na­tional de­but re­cently against Eng­land Women was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, one that she will never for­get.

The 18- year- old, who made her maiden ap­pear­ance in West In­dies’ fi­nal pre­lim­i­nary- round game of the re­cent Tri- Na­tion Twenty20 In­ter­na­tional se­ries, got the op­por­tu­nity to bat at the cov­eted num­ber four po­si­tion.

She, how­ever, did not make a big score, mak­ing 12 in­stead, which came off 20 balls at a strike rate of 60.00 and in­cluded one four.

The runs she made, how­ever, contributed to West In­dies ty­ing the game, and send­ing it into a Su­per Over, which they even­tu­ally won.

The se­ries, which was played in Bar­ba­dos and saw West In­dies de­feat­ing Eng­land in the fi­nal, also in­cluded New Zealand.

“It was an amaz­ing first ex­pe­ri­ence for me play­ing my first game,” said Henry.

“I was a lit­tle bit ner­vous at first, but as soon as I started to set­tle in, turned out okay.

“I ac­tu­ally thought it would be a lot harder play­ing against Eng­land and know­ing that they are a tough team, “but I guess it came off like play­ing nor­mal re­gional game.”

Henry, re­garded as one of the best young bat­ting tal­ents in the re­gion, also said it felt good be­ing part of West In­dies win­ning the match and go­ing on to win the se­ries.

“Know­ing that I am a new­comer to the team, I ex­pected that ( to get limited play­ing time). I ex­pected coach to use more ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers,” she said.

“But the girls were win­ning, so for me it was like I was still play­ing. It was re­ally fun.”

The St Ann na­tive, who is known for her at­tack­ing in­stincts, and, who was one of Ja­maica’s top bats­men dur­ing this year’s re­gional tour­na­ment, said she now hopes to be part of West In­dies Women’s squad for next year’s World Twenty20.

The ICC Women’s World Twenty20 tour­na­ment will be held along­side the men’s equiv­a­lent in Bangladesh be­tween March and April next year.

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Kieran Pow­ell hit the top score of 48.

Sachin Ten­dulkar

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Chinelle Henry ( left).

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