Cricket West Indies is today raising its bat for one member of the first West Indies women’s team to play a Test match, Vivalyn Latty-Scott, who passed away on Saturday.
In 1976, Mrs Latty-Scott lined up to play against Australia and immediately became the first West Indian woman to take five wickets in a Test innings – 5/48 in 41 overs.
During her career as an off-spinner and right-handed batter, she played 10 Tests and six ODIs.
Decades later she is being remembered as an inspirations leader in the game in her homeland of Jamaica having moved onto being a coach and umpire after her playing days,
Among those paying tribute is West Indies cricketer Stafanie Taylor who says, “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.”