• Taylor hopes series victory will build confidence

    TAROUBA, Trinidad – Windies Women’s captain Stafanie Taylor said she hopes her side can maintain the momentum they gained from the clean sweep over Sri Lanka Women in the first round of the ICC Women’s Championship.

    The Windies Women beat Sri Lanka in the three-match series by six wickets, seven wickets and 40 runs respectively, contested on October 11, 13 and 15 at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy.

    “Winning all three matches was important,” said Taylor. “They say winning is a habit and success breeds success. This will help our confidence going forward in the Championship. Getting all six Championship points from this series was important and we did it.

    “Our aim was to win all the matches in the series and we achieved that objective, so from that perspective we were satisfied. We still have work to do and there are areas we need to tighten, so that when we play some of the more experienced sides, we can seriously challenge them.”

    Taylor said she was happy with her team’s performance but that there are areas to improve.

    “Our spin bowling more or less has been one of our strengths in recent times,” she said. “We have an experienced spin bowling unit, including Anisa Mohammed, Afy Fletcher, Hayley Matthews and myself, we all have over 50 international matches, so our success as a group in this area was not totally unexpected.

    “We are still not satisfied with the totals that we put on the board. We have to post bigger totals, as this is one of the things that hurt us in this year’s ICC Women’s World Cup in England. We have to post consistently big totals, so that we can put pressure on the opposition and give our bowling attack more runs to defend.

    On the next round of matches, Taylor said: “We are scheduled to face New Zealand early next year on the road and that will be a tough series. The White Ferns on home soil are very difficult to beat. Our last trip there was not very memorable, so we will have to prepare extremely well for that series and try to reverse that result.”

    On the importance of the ICC Women’s Championship for your team, she said: “We are a group of highly motivated, young women and we want to prove ourselves on the World stage. Therefore, we can only improve by playing regularly at a high level, so we welcome the opportunity that the Championship provides for us.”

  • Stick to the plan to reap success says Ambris

    FLORENCE HALL, Jamaica – Sunil Ambris urged his Windies “A” teammates to stick to the plan when they face Sri Lanka “A” in the second “Test”, starting tomorrow at the Trelawny Multiplex here. 

    Ambris hit his fourth first-class hundred of 106 to anchor Windies “A” to 364 for eight declared in their first innings and pave the way for an innings-and-13-run victory in the weather-affected first “Test” which ended last Saturday.

    “We stuck to the task very well and we played as a team in the first ‘Test’,” he said. “The guys were very focused all the way through and it was a total team effort. We just need do the same thing in this game, as we did in the previous match.

    “We just need to continue to stick to the game plan. Play as a team. Everybody plays the role that they have been given. Do what they know they have to do and have been doing throughout their careers and I think we will be good.”

    Ambris said there was motivation for every player to want to give of their best in this match, since Windies “A” lead the three-match series 1-0 and will be looking to wrap up the series with a victory over the next four days.

    “It would be good for all of us,” he said. “I have seen articles where the selectors have indicated there are spots in the Test side up for grabs, so if the guys do well, it will be good not only for us a collective group of players, but also individually going forward.”

    On his performance in the first “Test”, he said: “It was a good innings, but it was not my best first-class hundred. It was good in the context of the game. I was able to score at a good clip and most of the other batsmen in the match were not able to accomplish the same thing and that helped to set the tone for our solid first-innings total.”

    On the key reason for his success in the first “Test”, Ambris said: “Just being myself. I was just trying to be positive and put away the bad balls. Try to play the ball on each merit and score in the right areas. There were times when I had to be patient and grind hard and there were times when I was scoring easily, freely.”

    On conditions and the challenge of facing up to the Sri Lanka spin attack, he said: “t was a good cricket pitch. There was something there for the bowlers, and you bat comfortably on it and trust the bounce, so you could easily put away the bad balls. Once you were prepared to work hard for success, you could achieve it on this surface. Facing up to their spinners was not something that was too hard. I am accustomed playing spin bowling in our regional competitions. The quality is not too much different. We have good quality spinners in the Caribbean. The key was being patient.”

    On his preparation and mindset for the second “Test”, Ambris said: “I am always a confident person. Scoring a hundred in the first “Test” could only boost my confidence more going into the next ‘Test’. I will just try to stay positive, respect the good bowling and put away the bad balls. I take practice very seriously. I do a lot leading up to games. I practice very hard so it becomes easier for me when I get into the game, so I put in a lot of effort and hit a lot of balls and I plan do the same for the next game.”

    SQUAD

    Shamarh Brooks (Captain)

    Vishaul Singh (Vice-Captain)

    Sunil Ambris

    John Campbell

    Yannic Cariah

    Rahkeem Cornwall

    Sheldon Cottrell

    Jahmar Hamilton

    Montcin Hodge

    Damion Jacobs

    Keon Joseph

    Reynard Leveridge

    Oshane Thomas 

    Team Management Unit

    Graeme West (Head Coach)

    Dwain Gill (Team Operations Manager)

    Corey Collymore (Assistant Coach)

    Khevyn Williams (Physiotherapist)

    Zephrynus Nicholas (Fitness Coordinator)

    Dinesh Mahabir (Video Data Analyst)

  • Windies Women’s squad for T20Is against Sri Lanka Women

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – The Selection Panel of Cricket West Indies announced on Tuesday a 13-member Windies Women’s squad for the three Twenty20 Internationals against Sri Lanka Women on October 19, 21 and 22 at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua.

    There is only one change to the squad – Britney Cooper replaces compatriot Reniece Boyce.

    SQUAD

    Stafanie Taylor (Captain)

    Anisa Mohammed (Vice Captain)

    Merissa Aguilleira

    Shamilia Connell

    Britney Cooper

    Deandra Dottin

    Afy Fletcher

    Kyshona Knight

    Kycia Knight

    Hayley Matthews

    Chedean Nation

    Akeira Peters

    Shakera Selman

    Team Management Unit

    Hendy Springer (Head Coach)

    Eugena Gregg (Team Operations Manager)

    Gus Logie (Assistant Coach)

    Ariane Mangar (Physiotherapist)

    Shayne Cooper (Fitness Trainer)

    Olivia Rose Esperance (Performance Advisor)

    Gary Belle (Video Data Analyst)

    Commenting on the squad, Courtney Browne, chairman of the CWI selection panel, said: “Results from the ICC Women’s Championship matches against Sri Lanka Women was encouraging and the teams needs to build on the momentum going into the Twenty20 International series.

    “Britney was brought into the T20 squad, as she has shown in the past that she can be aggressive with the bat and increase the scoring rate when needed at times. She was part of our T20 World Cup-winning squad and played her part in that memorable victory.”

  • Hard work pays off says Jacobs

    FLORENCE HALL, Jamaica – Damion Jacobs said there was no magic formula or secret to his success in the first “Test against Sri Lanka “A”, rather it was down to hard work, pure and simple.

    The Windies “A” leg-spinner earned the Player-of-the-Match award following a haul of six wickets in the Sri Lankans’ second innings which propelled the hosts to an innings-and-13-run victory in the weather-affected match which ended at the Trelawny Multiplex on Saturday.

    The hometown boy finished the match with 8-60, as Sri Lanka “A” were bowled out for totals of 212 and 139 – following on – in the match.

    “It was good reward for the hard work that I have been putting in over the last 12 to 16 months,” said Jacobs. “It was all about knowing my role. Knowing when to attack. Knowing when to be defensive. Understanding the conditions and doing whatever the captain wanted me to do at any point in time in the match.

    “I have taken a lot of confidence from it. I have been bowling well for the last 12 months or so. I also bowled well in a tour match last year against Pakistan and they are also a side that handles the spin well, so itshows that the hard work that I have put in is beginning to pay off.”

    On team winning the first match, he said: “I think home advantage played a part and we adapted more quickly to the conditions than they did.”

    On the challenge of bowling to the spin-adept Sri Lanka batsmen, Jacobs said: “They are very attacking against the spinners. They try to take charge of the spinners as quickly as possible, so as a spinner it was important to hold my ground and don’t try too much. As a leg-spinner however, it’s always a great battle when you have batsmen willing to come after you, but it is my intention to be successful. I know will try to be aggressive again in the second match and I will have to be prepared for it.”

    On the conditions, he said: “It was not altogether favourable for spin bowling, due to the rain that fell during the game, but I still had a job to do. It stayed dry enough, long enough, for me to make the most of it.

    On showing consistency with a follow-up performance, Jacobs said: “That is the aim. To be consistent. To know my role and perform my role. Knowing what I have to do and just doing it, sticking to the plan. I spoke to the coach before the game and we talked about understanding the role I have to play. Knowing when it is my time and when it is not my time. Bowling in tandem with someone like Rahkeem Cornwell. He is an attacking bowler. Knowing that I had to keep things going at my end.

    On what the team needs to do to win the next match, he said: “We have to be consistent. There is no other way to do it. We batted pretty well in the first game and we bowled pretty well. We have got to come and do it again – and better. We just have to stick to the game plan and continue to work hard. Many of us were in Sri Lanka last year, when we lost that “Test” series. We know what it felt like to lose and we don’t want to have that feeling again. They have come to the Caribbean and we want to win, so that we can inflict upon them what we went through over there. We know it would be a major boost for us and West Indies cricket.”

    SQUAD

    Shamarh Brooks (Captain)

    Vishaul Singh (Vice-Captain)

    Sunil Ambris

    John Campbell

    Yannic Cariah

    Rahkeem Cornwall

    Sheldon Cottrell

    Jahmar Hamilton

    Montcin Hodge

    Damion Jacobs

    Keon Joseph

    Reynard Leveridge

    Oshane Thomas

    Team Management Unit

    Graeme West (Head Coach)

    Dwain Gill (Team Operations Manager)

    Corey Collymore (Assistant Coach)

    Khevyn Williams (Physiotherapist)

    Zephrynus Nicholas (Fitness Coordinator)

    Dinesh Mahabir (Video Data Analyst)

    SCHEDULE OF MATCHES

    October

    Wed 11 to Sat 14        1st “Test” – Windies “A” won by an innings and 13 runs – Trelawny Multiplex, Jamaica

    Thu 19 to Sun 22         2nd “Test” – Trelawny Multiplex (10 am start, daily)

    Thu 26 to Sun 29         3rd “Test” – Sabina Park, Jamaica (2 pm, daily)

    November

    Wed 1                          1st One-day Match – Sabina Park (2 pm)

    Fri 3                             2nd One-day Match – Sabina Park (2 pm)

    Sun 5                           3rd One-day Match – Trelawny Multiplex (9:30 am)

  • CWI appoints patrons for T20I series

    Renee-Edwards-Ambrose
    Valerie Gonsalves-Barriero

    St John’s, ANTIGUA – The defending World T20 Champion, Windies Women will host Sri Lanka in a three-match T20 series at the Coolidge Cricket Ground starting, Thursday, October 19.

    The team had a successful 3-0 win in the ODI series which just ended in Trinidad and Tobago. The Women have earned six valuable points for the three wins.

    As part of the efforts to attract a full venue, CWI has appointed patrons for the series and is targeting women and young ladies in Antigua to attend the three matches. The two patrons are two outstanding women in Antigua, Renee Edwards Ambrose and Valerie Gonsalves-Barreiro.

    Edwards Ambrose is an aircraft mechanic with LIAT; plus-sized model and is founder of Lady Horsepower Farm, an all-female drag-racing team.

    Gonsalves-Barreiro is a Registration Supervisor with the Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission for the past 13 years. She is passionate about Community Service and works with five major volunteer organizations each for at least ten years.

    PINK NIGHT

    October is Breast Cancer awareness month, and for the match on Sunday, October 21 there will be special fan engagements and giveaways from House of Pink and CWI. Fans are being asked to wear pink. The games will be streamed live on www.cricketwestindies.org 

    Tickets are EC$5 per day or EC$12 for the three matches.

    ICC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

    The three ODIs formed part of the new round of matches in the ICC Women’s Championship. The Championship will be contested between the leading eight women’s teams in the World – the Windies and the Sri Lankans, along with Australia, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa and recently-crowned World champions England from now until March 2020.

    Following the conclusion of the ICC Women’s Championship, the top three ranked teams plus the hosts (New Zealand) automatically qualify for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2021. The remaining four teams will have a second chance to qualify through the ICC Women’s World Cup 2021 qualifier.

  • Taylor’s all-round efforts fire Windies to series sweep

    TAROUBA, Trinidad, CMC – Irrepressible skipper Stafanie Taylor produced another telling all-round performance as West Indies pulled off a comfortable 40-run win in the final One-Day International to sweep their three-match series against Sri Lanka Women here Sunday.

    Sent in at the Brian Lara Stadium, the Caribbean side rallied to 182 for eight off their 45 overs, with Taylor stroking a top score of 55, opener Hayley Matthews getting 41 and former captain Merissa Aguilleira gathering an unbeaten 37.

    Off-spinner Shashikala Siriwardene was the best bowler with three for 26 while left-arm spinner Inoka Ranaweera supported with two for 24.

    Taylor then proved her worth in gold with the ball, snatching three for 29 with her off-spin to send the visitors crashing to 142 all out in the 41st over.

    Fast bowler Shakera Selman also struck form, grabbing three for 30.

    Dilani Manodara top-scored with 42 with Rebeca Vandort scoring 34.

    In a contest reduced to 45 overs per side, the Windies suffered an early setback when Kycia Knight was dismissed cheaply for five with the score on eight in the fourth over.

    However, Taylor and Matthews then came together in an 83-run, second wicket stand to prevent the possibility of collapse.

    The right-handed Taylor faced 82 balls and counted seven boundaries while Matthews, also a right-hander, struck four fours in a 75-ball knock.

    Matthews’s dismissal triggered a slide that saw four wickets fall for 30 runs and it took a 29-run sixth wicket partnership between Aguilleira and Kyshona Knight (14) to rally the innings.

    Aguilleira’s knock was a crucial one as she hit three fours in a busy 42-ball innings.

    West Indies then got a great start when Selman removed Nipuni Hansika (0) and Chamari Atapattu (11) to reduce the Sri Lankans to 18 for two in the seventh over.

    Manodara, however, came to her side’s rescue, anchoring three small partnerships to keep the innings afloat.

    She put on 33 for the third wicket with Yasoda Mendis (18), 20 for the fourth with Hasini Perera (8) before adding a further 30 for the fifth with Vandort, to push her side up to 101 for four.

    Manodara had faced 85 deliveries and struck two fours when she was caught and bowled by Matthews in the 32nd over , leading to a slide which saw the last six wickets perish for 41 runs.

    Both teams will now turn their attention to the three-match Twenty20 series which starts in Antigua on Thursday.

    WEST INDIES WOMEN

    H Matthews b Siriwardene 41

    Kycia Knight b Gunaratne 5

    *S Taylor b Siriwardene 55

    C Nation b Siriwardene 0

    D Dottin lbw b Ranaweera 9

    +M Aguilleira not out 37

    Kyshona Knight c Manodara b Weerakkody 14

    A Peters c and b Karunaratne 0

    A Fletcher st Vandort b Ranaweera 3

    A Mohammed not out 10

    Extras (lb2, w6) 8

    TOTAL (8 wkts, 45 overs) 182

    Did not bat: S Selman.

    Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-91, 3-91, 4-112, 5-121, 6-150, 7-156, 8-168.

    Bowling: Weerakkody 9-1-52-1, Gunaratne 9-3-27-1, Karunaratne 8-0-40-1, Ranaweera 9-0-24-2, Siriwardene 9-1-26-3, Atapattu 1-0-11-0.

    SRI LANKA WOMEN

    N Hansika lbw b Selman 0

    Y Mendis c and b Fletcher 18

    C Atapattu c wkp Aguilleira b S Selman 11

    D Manodara c and b Matthews 42

    H Perera run out 8

    +R Vandort c Matthews b Taylor  34

    S Siriwardene run out 7

    H Karunaratne b Selman 2

    S Weerakkody c Dottin b Taylor 4

    *I Ranaweera c Kycia Knight b Taylor 5

    C Gunaratne not out 4

    Extras (lb1, w6) 7

    TOTAL (all out, 40.4 overs) 142

    Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-18, 3-51, 4-71, 5-101, 6-114, 7-118, 8-133, 9-134, 10-142.

    Bowling: Selman 8-1-30-3, Matthews 9-3-27-1, Fletcher 8-0-28-1, Mohammed 9-0-27-0, Taylor 6.4-0-29-3.

    Result: West Indies Women won by 40 runs.

    Points: West Indies Women 2, Sri Lanka Women 0.

    Series: West Indies Women won three-match series 3-0.

    Player-of-the-Match: Stafanie Taylor.

    Umpires: Z Bassarath, D Butler.

  • WATCH LIVE: Windies Women vs Sri Lanka Women 3rd ODI

    Tarouba, Trinidad – With the series wrapped up, the Windies Women will aim for a clean sweep of the ODI series when they face Sri Lanka Women in the 3rd and final ODI at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy.

    Toss: Yet to be taken

    Windies Women XI: Yet to be decided

    Sri Lanka Women XI: Yet to be decided

  • Jacobs slices through SL to set up innings triumph

    FLORENCE HALL, Jamaica, CMC – Leg-spinner Damion Jacobs snatched a six-wicket haul to propel West Indies A to a crushing innings and 13-run victory over Sri Lanka A, on the final day of the opening four-day “Test” here Saturday.

    The 32-year-old finished with six for 27 as the visitors, following on by 152 runs, were dismissed cheaply for 139 in their second innings to fall 1-0 behind in the three-match series.

    Off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall supported with three for 53 as Windies A ruthlessly disposed of the Sri Lankans in just three hours.

    Opener Sandun Weerakkody struck an aggressive 56 and partner Ron Chandragupta, 27, but once they both departed, the last nine wickets tumbled spectacularly for a mere 45 runs.

    Resuming the day at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium on 210 for seven, Sri Lanka lost their last three wickets for two runs in the space of 22 balls.

    Fast bowler Keon Joseph (3-33) and Cornwall (3-69) both ended with three wickets apiece while Jacobs (2-33) and left-arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell (2-41) claimed two wickets each.

    Sri Lanka A then started brightly with Weerakkody blasting nine fours in a 58-ball cameo as he put on a hasty 82 for the first wicket with Chandragupta.

    The introduction of the spinners halted Sri Lanka’s progress, however, as Jacobs and Cornwall grabbed two wickets apiece to leave them struggling on 98 for four at lunch.

    Their fortunes fail to improve after the break, as Jacobs ran through the middle order with the last six wickets going down for 41 runs.

    The second “Test” bowls off October 19 at the same venue.

    WEST INDIES A 1st Innings 364-8 decl.

    SRI LANKA A 1st innings

    (overnight 210 for seven)

    R Chandragupta c wkp Hamilton b Cottrell 11

    +S Weerakkody c Brooks b Joseph 0

    *D de Silva c Campbell b Jacobs 104

    C Asalanka c Ambris b Joseph 10

    D Shanaka c and b Cottrell 20

    W Hasaranga c Brooks b Cornwall 24

    S Jayasuriya c Jacobs b Cornwall 14

    C Karunaratne lbw b Jacobs 0

    M Pushpakumara c Ambris b Joseph 14

    L Kumara not out 0

    A Fernando st Hamilton b Cornwall 0

    Extras (b8, w1, nb6) 15

    TOTAL (all out, 56.4 overs) 212

    Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-33, 3-73, 4-108, 5-171, 6-181, 7-181, 8-212, 9-212, 10-212.

    Bowling: Cottrell 13-2-41-2, Joseph 10-2-33-3, Leveridge 10-2-28-0, Cornwall 14.4-1-69-3, Jacobs 9-0-33-2.

    SRI LANKA A 2nd innings (following on)

    +S Weerakkody+ c (sub) Cariah b Cornwall 56

    R Chandragupta c Singh b Jacobs 27

    *D de Silva c Campbell b Jacobs 18

    C Asalanka c wkp Hamilton b Cornwall 0

    D Shanaka lbw b Jacobs 1

    S Jayasuriya lbw b Jacobs 18

    W Hasaranga c Campbell b Jacobs 7

    C Karunaratne run out 6

    M Pushpakumara b Jacobs 0

    L Kumara c Ambris b Cornwall 1

    A Fernando not out 0

    Extras (b2, nb3) 5

    TOTAL (all out, 44.2 overs) 139

    Fall of wickets: 1-82, 2-94, 3-96, 4-97, 5-116, 6-129, 7-136, 8-138, 9-139, 10-139.

    Bowling: Cottrell 5-0-29-0, Joseph 4-0-24-0, Leveridge 2.2-1-4-0, Cornwall 18-3-53-3, Jacobs 15-6-27-6.

    Result: West Indies A won by an innings and 13 runs.

    Series: West Indies A lead three-match series 1-0.

    Man-of-the-Match: Damion Jacobs.

    Toss: West Indies A.

    Umpires: C Wright, P Gustard.

  • Taylor leads from the front as Windies Women win series

    TAROUBA, Trinidad, CMC – Captain Stafanie Taylor’s 28th One-Day International half-century was enough to steer West Indies Women to a comfortable seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka Women and an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series here Friday night.

    Chasing a paltry 163 for victory at the Brian Lara Stadium, the Windies cantered home in the 40th over thanks to Taylor’s unbeaten 60.

    The right-hander faced 83 balls and struck three fours and six, receiving support from Deandra Dottin who stroked a busy 37 not out, Hayley Matthews who got 25, and Kycia Knight, 24.

    Sri Lanka Women, sent in earlier, could only muster 162 off 46.3 overs, with Yasoda Mendis top-scoring with 34, Chamari Atapattu getting 31, Dilani Manodara, 26.

    Leg-spinner Afy Fletcher led the Windies attack with three for 24 while off-spinners Anisa Mohammed (2-16) and Taylor (2-31) ended with two apiece.

    The victory ensured the second win on the trot for the hosts but more importantly, another two points to go towards their tally in the ICC Women’s Championship.

    Sri Lanka were off to a great start but suffered a collapse in the crucial middle overs and fell away eventually.

    Mendis struck seven fours in a robust 31-ball knock as she put on 53 off 66 deliveries for the first wicket with Nipuni Hansika (18).

    Both fell in the space of 32 balls with 19 runs added but Atapattu and Manodara combined in a 32-run, third wicket stand to rebuild the innings as Sri Lanka reached 104 for two in the 24th over.

    Atapattu faced just 37 balls and counted three fours but once she departed, the Sri Lanka innings plunged into decline as five wickets perished for just 25 runs.

    Prasadani Weerakkody (19) and Rebeca Vandort (17) staged a 29-run, eighth wicket stand to hold up the Windies before the last three wickets tumbled for four runs.

    In reply, Matthews and Kycia Knight put on 49 for the first wicket to give the Windies a solid start before both fell within the space of 14 balls, to leave the score on 59 for two in the 17th over.

    Taylor then ensured there would be no hiccups, adding 27 for the third wicket with Chedean Nation (8) before anchoring a match-winning 77 in an unbroken fourth wicket partnership with Dottin who stroked four fours and a six in a run-a-ball knock.

    The third ODI is set for Sunday at the same venue.

    SRI LANKA

    N Hansika c wkp Aguilleira b Mohammed 18

    Y Mendis c Taylor b Fletcher 34

    C Atapattu c Kycia Knight b Taylor 31

    D Manodara run out 26

    P Weerakkody st Aguilleira b Mohammed 1

    S Siriwardene lbw b Fletcher 4

    S Weerakkody c Taylor b Selman 19

    A Kanchana hit wkt b Fletcher 3

    +R Vandort lbw b Taylor 17

    U Probodhani not out 2

    *I Ranaweera b Connell 0

    Extras (b1, lb4, w2) 7

    TOTAL (all out, 46.3 overs) 162

    Fall of wickets: 1-53, 2-72, 3-104, 4-105, 5-112, 6-122, 7-129, 8-158, 9-160, 10-162.

    Bowling: Selman 5-1-20-1, Connell 3.3-0-24-1, Matthews 9-0-42-0, Fletcher 10-0-24-3, Mohammed 10-3-16-2

    WEST INDIES WOMEN

    H Matthews c Kanchana b Ranaweera 25

    Kycia Knight b Atapattu 24

    *S Taylor not out 60

    C Nation b Siriwardene 8

    D Dottin not out 37

    Extras (lb3, w5, nb1) 9

    TOTAL (3 wkts, 39.4 overs) 163

    Did not bat: +M Aguilleira, Kyshona Knight, Afy Fletcher, S Connell, A Mohammed, S Selman.

    Fall of wickets: 1-49, 2-59, 3-86.

    Bowling: Probodhani 4-0-13-0, Weerakkody 7-0-34-0, Kanchana 4-2-10-0, Atapattu 5-0-27-1.

    Result: West Indies Women won by seven wickets.

    Points: West Indies Women 2, Sri Lanka Women 0.

    Series: West Indies Women lead three-match series 2-0.

    Player-of-the-Match: Stafanie Taylor.

    Toss: West Indies Women.

    Umpires: Z Bassarath, D Butler.

  • Roach warns Windies not to take Zimbabwe lightly

    BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, CMC – Seamer Kemar Roach has warned West Indies against complacency as they prepare for their two-Test series against Zimbabwe starting here in eight days.

    West Indies are ranked number eight in the ICC Test rankings while Zimbabwe languish at number 10, and are without a Test win in four years.

    The African nation have also never beaten West Indies in a Test, having lost six of eight previous meetings but Roach labelled them a dangerous side especially in home conditions.

    “We must not get complacent. We’re in Zimbabwe. Yes they’re under us but I believe they’re a very good team,” he explained.

    “They have some very good players, some good experienced players – they’ve been playing for a while – and they’re in home conditions so they know the conditions better than us.

    “I think once we go out there with that same mentality we had in the second Test in England, I think we’ll do a very good job.”

    In that second Test at Headingley last August, West Indies produced an astonishing performance to trounce the hosts by five wickets, after chasing down 322 on the final day.

    Roach and new-ball partner Shannon Gabriel both starred in the match, grabbing four wickets apiece in the first innings to reduce England to a small first innings score, laying the foundation for victory.

    And the 29-year-old backed the bowling unit to build on their development from the England tour and deliver against Zimbabwe.

    “Our bowling is our strength and I think once we keep working hard on that and getting better, I think with experience these guys will become better cricketers and better bowlers as well,” he pointed out.

    “I think the core of the bowlers we have right now in the Test team I think is a very good one and I hope these guys stick together as long as possible and keep working and win some games for the West Indies.”

    Roach was the pick of the bowlers on the England tour. Though lacking the pace of former years, he produced sideways movement to trouble batsmen and was good enough to pick up a five-wicket haul at historic Lord’s as he finished with 11 scalps overall.

    However, he was quick to point out that conditions in Zimbabwe were different and it would require adjustment and patience in order to be successful.

    “It’s tough conditions and it’s my first time here so I’m trying to adapt as fast as possible and obviously trying to win this series against Zimbabwe as well,” he said.

    “They (pitches) are pretty slow. Quite a big difference coming from England. Obviously you’re in a drier part of the world so we’ve got to adapt and get our lines and lengths right.

    “I think fuller is better here and try to get the ball to do some stuff off the seam and be patient. I’ll be working on that [in the nets].”

    He added: “It’s just a matter of getting back to what I’m good at. I’m finding my rhythm and once my rhythm is on, I feel that I can bowl as good as anyone in the world. So it’s about finding my rhythm, being patient and putting the all in good areas at a very consistent level.

    “I’ve been working at that. Bowling coach Roddy Estwick has been doing a fantastic job. I’ve had a lot of interactions [with him] and he’s given me some good advice so I’m feeling confident going forward into this series against Zimbabwe.”