|Full name||Merissa Ria Aguilleira|
14 December 1985 |
|ODI debut||July 8, 2008 v Netherlands women|
|Last ODI||February 29, 2016 v South Africa women|
|ODI shirt no.||7|
|T20I debut||June 11, 2009 v South Africa women|
|Last T20I||April 3, 2016 v Australia women's|
|T20I shirt no.||7|
|Domestic team information|
|2005-present||Trinidad and Tobago women (squad no. 7)|
|Source: ESPNcricinfo, May 4 2016|
Merissa Ria Aguilleira (born 14 December 1985 in Trinidad) is a Trinidian sportswoman. She is a right-handed wicket-keeper batsman. She plays for West Indies women's cricket team as well as for Trinidad and Tobago women's cricket team.
In 2007, she was named captain of Trinidad and Tobago. Another role Merissa has is as the Sports Ambassador for Atlantic LNG.
Aguillera captained the West Indies in the 2009 Women's Cricket World Cup. A wicket keeper and top order batsman, she has played 15 One Day Internationals since making her début against the Netherlands in 2008.
In 2011, in Bangledesh, Aguilleira, along with the rest of the West Indies team, won (ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier) four-nation tournament. She and her team also played in the 50-over World Cup Final in 2013. They played against Australia and were defeated. Earlier in Merissa’s life, she went to Moruga Composite School where she played windball cricket.
Aguilleira was captain of the West Indies from 2007-2015. While she was captain she took the team to the finals of the 2013 Women's Cricket World Cup and took the team to the semi-finals the last three Twenty20 World Cups.
Aguilleira along with reserve players are apart of a squad that is currently in a training camp at the West Indies High Performance Centre in Barbados. On February 17, 2013 West Indies were defeated by Australia by 114 runs in the finals. This was the ICC Women’s world cup at Barbourne Stadium. Also in 2013 Merissa Aguilleira was a nominee for Sportswoman of the Year at First Citizens Sports Foundation Awards ceremony, this was held at Queen's Hall.
Outside of Cricket
In 2002, alongside the Trinidad and Tobago Under-23’s, Merissa played hardball cricket. Aguilleira is a part of the annual book drive in her community of Moruga. Doing this she partnered with Atlantic to help support the students in her community.
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