Cricket West Indies (CWI) paid tribute today to Vivalyn Latty-Scott who sadly passed away on Saturday.
Latty-Scott, a pioneer of women's cricket, was part of the first West Indies team to play a women's Test match against Australia in 1976, a coach at all levels of the game as well as an umpire. To many, she served as an inspirational leader of the sport in Jamaica.
During her career, she played 10 Test matches and six One-Day Internationals where the was the first in West Indian woman to take five wickets in a Test innings - 5/48 off 41 overs on debut against Australia in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
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Past and present players of the game paid tribute with Anne Browne-John, CWI's Lead Selector for women's cricket, remembering, "“When I started as captain, ‘Latty’ was one of the senior members of that first West Indies women’s team and she excelled with bat and ball."
"Whenever I put the ball in her hand I had the confidence she would produce good figures and she never disappointed. She was passionate about the game and was always aware of the statistics and what the team required. When the history of women’s cricket is updated, Vivalyn must be mentioned among the outstanding players,” Browne-John said.
Stafanie Taylor, the current women’s captain and most successful women’s player in West Indies history also paid tribute.
“I have known this amazing lady from when I went on my first tour with the Jamaica team and she was very helpful to me. She set a trail in women’s cricket and she played a very important role in my development and inspired many young cricketers in Jamaica to play the game and to excel. We all admired and respected her.”
She has left a legacy that has and will continue to filter through all levels of the game - boys, girls, men and women - her impact has been great.
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