Windies debut was amazing for Henry
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.
Kieran Powell hit the top score of 48.
Chinelle Henry ( left).