louise-jacksonHarking back to the early days of women’s cricket, it’s fascinating to consider that there was a time when this game had a lesser profile and was far removed from the international exposure witnessed during the latest ICC Women’s World Cup and World T-20 tournaments.

This was very much the case in the 1970s, when players such as opener, Louise Browne-Jackson, were really the pioneers that laid a solid foundation upon which successive generations have built an impressive edifice.

Browne-Jackson made an immediate statement while captaining the West Indies women’s in its first step against Australia, at Jarrett Park in Montego Bay, Jamaica in May 1976. The 24-year old hit her highest test score of 67 as her squad posted a total of 282 and eventually earned as draw. She followed up this effort with a knock of 52 in the second game of the two-match series at Sabina Park in Kingston; another draw. She would again lead her charges in a six-match square-off in India that ended in a 1 – 1 draw, before her final game. a loss to England in Canterbury in June 1979, in which she played under Barbadian Patricia Whittaker, during the West Indies’ first-ever tour of England.

It was in the same country that Browne-Jackson, again as a team captain, had earlier made her one-day international bow Trinidad and Tobago in the 1973 Women’s World Cup where she actually top-scored in its first three fixtures, including an unbeaten 50 against Jamaica at London’s Ealing Cricket Club – her leading ODI performance. In the subsequent game, she led Trinidad and Tobago to a 5-wicket victory over the Young England Women. Six years later, she would make two ODI appearances for Western Indies against England, where she led her team with 45 in the second affair at Shireoaks.

Browne-Jackson continued to be an established figure in local women’s competitions in this country during the following decade and represent Trinidad and Tobago in international cricket up to the mid- 1980s, with two appearances against Ireland in 1985.

Browne-Jackson, whose sisters Ann and Beverly Browne, also played for West Indies, later moved into administration and have served as team manager for USA women. She was actually listed on a six-player reserve sheet for a World Cup qualifying series against Canada in 2010 – at the age of 58.

 

 

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