Having begun as a batter with local club J.G. Tigress, then moving up to represent SVG at the Under-19 and Senior levels, local female cricketer Japhina Joseph has moved a step further – she has been selected as a reserves in a West Indies Female team for a tour to England, for a T20 series this month.
On receiving the news via telephone, Joseph was obviously excited. She said, “I was thankful because I was waiting for that call a good while now.”
As far as what might have accounted for the recognition she has gained, the young lady said, “What I think caught the selectors’ eyes was last year in the West Indies Invitational Under-19 Female Tournament. In a vice-captain’s role for the Windward Islands team, I played extremely great throughout the tournament and finished one of the top five batters.”
Joseph, who boasts a cricketing lineage includes her uncle former Windward Islands Captain Dawnley Joseph, told THE VINCENTIAN, “My goal is that, if I get the opportunity to represent the regional team, is to go out there and be an ambassador for my country… put my best foot forward and try to maintain spot in the team. I know I have to continue to train hard and be positive.”
Meanwhile, Joseph’s coach- Cleton Burnette is happy she is part of the West Indies set up and expects great things from her.
“Japhina is just 20 years old with great talent, and the Cricket West Indies Board had their eyes on her since the West Indies Under-19 Tournament last year. Her selection says a lot so it’s for her now to continue to work and keep ready for whatever opportunity comes by (including) the ICC Women World Cup. SVG has had female players on the West Indies before, so Joseph’s inclusion is another huge inspiration for young players coming through the system and will send a message that opportunity is there once you put in the work”.
Vincentians who have made their name at the West Indies level of Women’s cricket are: Cordel Jack, Geneille Greaves, Phernal Charles and Juliana Nero.
Source: The Vincentian Online