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SCC Divas players eyed for RP cricket national team

22 June 2019

SCC Divas in a recent tournament

By Vir B. Lumicao

Hong Kong-based SCC Divas, the only Filipino women’s cricket team outside the Philippines, may see some of its players being drafted into a national team that the country will field in planned tournaments with Asian countries late this year.

The team is ecstatic over the news, which came as the two-year-old Divas, who won the championship in the Cricket Hong Kong Women’s Development League in their first year in 2018, clinched the title again in April.

They will receive trophies and medals during the Awards Night at Regal Oriental Hotel in Kowloon City on Jun 21.

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Faisal Khan, manager of the Philippine Cricket Association, told Divas founder Josie Arimas in a message that bilateral and trilateral tournaments are being planned for December this year on the PCA ground in Dasmariñas, Cavite.

Khan said the plan will be finalized with other countries at the International Cricket Council conference that he will be attending in July.

“We are targeting Vietnam, Korea and Singapore women’s teams for this,” Khan said. He added that the PCA is planning to invite one or two teams from those countries to play against the Philippine Women’s team in the December games.

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“We will definitely include Divas players to be part of the Philippine Team,” Khan said.

Arimas said her players are very excited about the prospect of joining the National Team.

“By July doon namin malalaman kung matutuloy kaming maglaro sa Manila, sa Aguinaldo Field sa Dasmariñas, Cavite,” Arimas said. “The players are very excited.”

Arimas said the team may begin training in July for the next season and hopes trainer/coach Najeeb Amar will devote full time to the team.

“Ang sabi ni Manager, kahit isa, dalawa o hanggang apat madadala, happy na siya,” she said, referring to team manager Animesh Kulkarni.

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Arimas said the team is looking for additional budget for the whole season to fund such costs as CHK registration, coach fee, training venue and food.

The Filipinas formed a second team, SCC Pinay, in the Women’s Development League. Arimas said the new team consists of mostly first-timers who have now, at least, experienced playing cricket.

SCC Pinay is led by captain Jackie Torate with Milenda Rodriguez as vice captain.

The team played four games, winning two, after their opponents forfeited their matches.

SCC Divas players 2018-19

1. Josie Arimas 2. Jennifer Alumbro 3. Romela Osabel 4. Jona Eguid 5. Lolita Olaqiuer 6. Rosaly Pagarigan 7. Marilyn Sebio 8. Melinda Rodriguez 9. Cristine Joy Lovino 10. Meri Criz Hindoy 11. Jessie Duque 12. Cherry Octaviano 13. Jackie Lou Torate 14. Julie Ann Ramos 15. April Rose Saguilon 16. Irish Mae Meru 17. Shiela May Fernandez 18. Jennifer Garcia 19. Michell Farinas 20. Mera Albarado 21. Annie Zamora 22. Ma. Sheila Mae Velado 23. Ma. Luz Mandia 24. Manelyn de la cruz 25. Marivic de Guia

New players: 1. Shela Descallar 2. Mary Jane April Napiza

SCC Divas captain in WDL – Jona Eguid; vice captain – Jennifer Alumbro
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