Women’s Cricket Lifts
Off In USA
April 2nd, 2009
The United States of America Cricket Association
(USACA) recently introduced organized women’s cricket at the
national level with an inaugural tournament in Florida, and featuring
two squads of female cricketers representing the east and west coasts
of the United States.
recently asked some of the trail-blazing female cricketers to describe
their roles in the sphere of female cricketing, a peak into their
lives, and where they see themselves cricket-wise in five years.
Here is the first of those profiles.
Olga Charles, wife, mother, female cricketer
Where were you born?
Republic of Trinidad & Tobago
Does/did anyone else in your family play cricket?
How did you become involved in cricket?
I started out playing in high School
What are some of the teams you have represented, so far?
Mucurapo Senior Comprehensive, I also played for Port-of-Spain General
Hospital while in Trinidad. While in the USA, I played in the People’s
Choice league with two different teams, one of which was Enforcers
alongside Beverly and Sandra Brown and One Love ladies team with
my current fellow teammate Joy Jones.
Who is your sports idol and/or mentor, cricket or otherwise?
How often do you play, since there isn’t
a formal women’s cricket program?
Since there isn’t a formal women’s cricket program,
I’ve played at least twice a year at the men’s night
cricket in Brooklyn, NY.
What is needed to improve the game for females
in the USA?
Right now I believe we have gotten off to a good start, however,
what is needed is a place to practice that the females can call
their own and be able to practice at any time and for the duration
that is needed.
Tell us a little bit about yourself beside
your cricketing life?
I’m the second to last of eight children; I’ve been
married to my husband Junior for 25 years, with two children of
my own Nigel 25 and Candice 21. I currently work in sales. My hobbies
are reading, dancing and cricket at the top of my list. I also try
to make the gym at least three times a week.
How was the tour to Florida and how did
you benefit from it?
The Florida tour was a great success in terms of management. From
that tour it made me realize that with hard work and determination
anything can be accomplished. I also got to see all of the ladies
come together for one common goal which is to get women’s
cricket off to a great and positive start. It is a great feeling
being part of the inaugural women’s cricket tournament in
the USA. I sincerely hope that everyone continues to do their part,
so that it is a successful organization for years and years to come.
What are your favorite movies, music and
Dirty Dancing, Pretty Woman, Shawshank Redemption and The Rock.
Being from Trinidad & Tobago, soca music is at the top of my
list, followed closely by R&B, but loving to dance as much as
I do, I enjoy all types of music. I Love a good curry dish, crab
and dumplings, pelau and souse.
What are your batting and bowling styles?
I am a right-arm medium pace bowler, and a right-arm lower-order
As a batswoman, what's your highest score and against
My highest score was 28 against Wingate Women’s team.
What's the most runs you have scored in a single inning?
28 runs in a 20-Overs match.
What's your best batting average, and against which team?
Again that would be Wingate women’s team.
As a bowler, what's your best bowling performance?
My best bowling performance was a hat-trick against Providence Women
What's the most wickets you have taken in a single match?
What do you consider your most memorable
or enjoyable cricket performance?
The game against Providence where I got a hat-trick resulting in
a win for my team
Where do you see yourself five years from now, cricket wise?
With health, strength and God willing, in five years I hope to be
still playing cricket on a professional level or being instrumental
in ensuring that it remains a big part of the schools’ curriculum.