1972 Young England tour Jamaica

Joan Mills

Back row l-r : Mary Thomas (Umpire), L Such, S Cahill, Barbara Jarosz, A Aldred, Maggie Dwan, C Reader, D Head Front row l-r : J Tourne, M Eccles, C Hutchins, Mary French (Coach)

For the first time England sent a team of Young England players to tour Jamaica, coached by Mary French.  They were on tour for 3 weeks, played 8 matches including 3 against the Senior Jamaican team and 2 against the Jamaican Under 21’s.   They lost to the Jamaica senior team, but won all their other matches.

The squad of 10 inexperienced players formed a versatile team able to cover all team positions in a variety of permutations.   The average age was 19.

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