• CWI Congratulatory Message to Windies “A”

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Cricket West Indies has hailed the success of WINDIES “A” in their home series against England Lions.

    WINDIES “A” completed a clean sweep of three “Tests” between the two sides and followed up with a 2-1 series victory in the One-day (50 overs) format.

    “The Directors, management and staff of CWI, individually and collectively, commend the WINDIES ‘A’ Team on their impressive performance in the series against the England Lions, and congratulate team captain Kieran Powell, each member of the team, head coach Floyd Reifer and his support staff,” said CWI President Whycliffe “Dave” Cameron.

    “You did your best as a team and you have made the entire region proud. The results from this series against a well-prepared, well-drilled England Lions team offer great hope for future success on the international stage.”

    Cameron added: “The team’s success underlines the work we continue to pursue at CWI to rebuild the foundations of the game in the region, and the impact that professionalization of the senior regional level is beginning to have. We recognise however, that there is still more work to be done to ensure that this performance can be sustained into the future.

    “The acquisition of the Coolidge Cricket Ground, where we plan to assemble a top-of-the-line High Performance Centre, along with the recent appointment of a High Performance Director, a Head of Sports Science & Medicine, and the certification of a number of Level 3 coaches all speak to the work of CWI to put in place the systems and expertise to be able to deliver top quality players.”

    The two teams are expected to meet again for a return series during the English summer.

  • Windies Women confident as T20I series begins

    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand- The WINDIES Women are confident heading into the 5-match T20 International series against New Zealand White Ferns starting on Wednesday March 13, 2018, at the Bay Oval, Mt. Maunganui in Tauranga.

    During their first training session at the venue, Captain Stafanie Taylor stated the team was going to use their status as reigning ICC Women’s World T20 Champions and their victory over the White Ferns in the semi-final of the 2016 T20 World Cup as motivation for this series.

    The WINDIES Women were defeated 3-0 in the ODI series which was part of the ICC Women’s Championships Round 2.

    The first T20 International starts on Wednesday March 13, at 2pm local time in Tauranga (9pm Eastern Caribbean time and 8pm Jamaica time).

  • Development of Women’s Cricket, national pride inspire Windies Women’s Tremayne Smartt and Afy Fletcher

    TAURANGA, New Zealand- The West Indies is geographically and culturally one of the most unique and diversified regions in the world. We have a mixture of races, religions and beliefs that is evident in our foods, music and our cricket.

    While being a single team in cricket, our players come from across the various territories in the Caribbean. The men have long had the spotlight but our WINDIES women have shown that they too have a right to be acknowledged.

    Having won the ICC Women’s World T20 title in 2016, the WINDIES women are as unique and inspirational as the territories they come from.

    Often considered the least talkative person on the team, Tremayne Smartt who hails from Guyana, sees herself being involved in cricket for a long time after her playing days are over, as a coach. Smartt suggests that more developmental programmes be implemented, to ensure the pool of women cricketers deepens for the progress of the women’s game in the region.

    Another player on the team who is as unique as the island she is from, is Afy Fletcher. The diminutive leg-spinner from Grenada, is the only “leggy” on the team. Women leg-spinners in the Caribbean are fewer than the men but to Afy, bringing notoriety to the spice-isle of Grenada gives her a different sense of accomplishment and pride.

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  • White Ferns inflict 3-0 series defeat on the Windies Women

    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand- WINDIES Women suffered a massive 205-runs defeat to New Zealand White Ferns at Hagley Park and go 3-0 down in the ICC Women’s Championship ODI series.

    Stafanie Taylor won the toss for the WINDIES Women and elected to bowl first. Playing with two changes, with Anisa Mohammed and Akira Peters playing for the first time in this series, WINDIES Women were hoping to put the home team on the backfoot early.

    Lauren Down was promoted up the order to open with her Captain Suzie Bates but did not last long. With 16 runs on the board, Down was run-out from a throw-in by KyshonnaKnight and Shamilia Connell completing the dismissal.

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    Then came the partnership that gave New Zealand their winning total. Bates was partnered with Amy Satterthwaite and the pair posted 151 runs with Bates being the aggressor. 

    The pair rotated the strike frequently and smashed away the bad deliveries. Both batters reached their half centuries before Satterthwaite was the first to go for 69. Run-out by a direct hit from Akira Peters in deep.

    Bates fell 7 runs late when Shamilia Connell bowled the perfect line and length delivery to light up her bails. 

    Katey Martin was joined by Sophie Devine and the pair further added to the runs-tally. This partnership was worth 58 before Martin was bowled by Deandra Dottin.

    Maddy Green was the next wicket to fall, also bowled by Dottin. Devine kept her composure and soldiered on, together with Anna Peterson, they took the White Ferns to 310/5 in 50 overs. 

    Sophie Devine not out on 73 and Peterson on 27 not out.

    Deandra Dottin had the best bowling figures of 2/58, while Shamilia Connell had 1/62.

    The WINDIES Women reply got off to the worst start, with Kycia Knight run-out for 0 with the score on 8. Hayley Matthews once again didn’t perform with the bat as she made 11, caught from a soft delivery from Holly Huddleston.

    Once again Captain Stafanie Taylor was the one to take charge of the innings. She smashed 3 fours off Hannah Rowe on her way to a run-a-ball 26 before being caught in the deep off Huddlston once again.

    Deandra Dottin came to the crease and for moment what looked like a take-charge innings, once again failed to materialize as she fell to Leigh Kasperek for 15.

    Kyshonna Knight and Britney Cooper were the only other players to reach double figures as wickets tumbled more than runs being scored. The pair tried to keep pace with the climbing run-rate, but fell for 12 and 17 respectively.

    WINDIES Women were bowled out for 105 in 34.5 overs, losing by 205 runs. New Zealand White Ferns completing a 3-0 series sweep, taking all 6 ICC Women’s Championship points available.

    Speaking after the match, WINDIES Women Captain StafanieTaylor, who was the best batter during the series with scores of 90, 86 and 26 said “It’s a tough loss… I didn’t think we batted, bowled or fielded as we would have wanted but it’s a learning experience.’’

    The tour now switches to T20 Internationals. Both teams play the first match at the Bay Oval, Mt. Maunganui in Tauranga on Wednesday March 14.

    Sophie Devine was Player of the Match and Player of the Series

  • Windies A beat Lions by 25 runs – 2nd one-dayer

    ST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – West Indies A defeated England Lions by 25 runs in the second day/night one-dayer of the three-match series at Coolidge Cricket Ground here Friday


    WINDIES A 256 for nine off 50 overs (Keemo Paul 55, Jermaine Blackwood 53, Raymon Reifer 45 not out, Jahmar Hamilton 35; Sam Curran 3-31, Richard Gleeson 3-52)

    LIONS 231 off 48.3 overs (Alex Davies 38, Sam Northeast 34, Keaton Jennings 33, Sam Curran 26; Jomel Warrican 3-41, Keemo Paul 3-55)

  • Windies 257-8 (50 overs) vs Ireland – Group A

    HARARE, Zimbabwe, CMC – West Indies, sent in by Ireland, reached 257 for eight off their 50 overs, in their Group A match of the ICC World Cup Qualifiers at Harare Sports Club here Saturday.


    WEST INDIES 257 for eight off 50 overs (Rovman Powell 101, Jason Holder 54, Shimron Hetmyer 36; Tim Murtagh 4-41, Andy McBrine 2-45) vs IRELAND.

  • Keemo Paul replaces Sheldon Cottrell in the Windies side

    The ICC has confirmed that the Event Technical Committee of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 has approved Keemo Paul as a replacement player for Sheldon Cotterell in the Windies squad for the tournament, which began on 4 March.

    Cotterell who injured his hamstring in his side’s first match against the United Arab Emirates has now been ruled out of further participation in the tournament after a MRI scan. 

    Paul, a 20-year-old right-arm bowler and lower-order batsman participated at the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in 2016 when Windies won the title, but has yet to make his ODI debut.

    The replacement of a player requires the approval of the Event Technical Committee before the incoming player can be officially added to the squad.

    The Event Technical Committee of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 is made up of Geoff Allardice (ICC General Manager – Cricket, Chairman), Chris Tetley (ICC Head of Events), Faisal Hasnain, Chris Chiketa (both host nominees), Mpumelelo Mbangwa and Lisa Sthalekar (both independent nominees).

    The Windies have won both their matches in the tournament beating the United Arab Emirates and Papua New Guinea to date, and will play Ireland and the Netherlands on 10 and 12 March.

  • Keemo Paul – Right place, right time

    St John’s, ANTIGUA – Professional athletes must always be thinking “I must always challenge my limit never to miss an opportunity.” That must be what Keemo Paul is thinking now as he is on stand-by to go to Zimbabwe to join the WINDIES in the World Cup Qualifiers now on.

    Paul is no stranger to pressure, excitement and being in the right place at the right time. He boasts an impressive bowling figure of 5 for 49 against the England Lions. The WINDIES A went down to the wire to win by a close 5 runs margin. That five-wickets haul form part of his overall 28 wickets at the List A level to include performances in the recently-concluded Super50 Cup and the One and Four Day matches against the England Lions.

    Keemo, who just turned 20 on February 21 this year, was part of that WINDIES Under 19 that beat India in the final to secure the region’s first World Title for that category. He was the one who scored the final runs to secure that win against India. His last 24 months has had exciting and fulfilling performances.

    Paul is on the fringe of becoming the 3rd member of that World Cup winning team to get in to the WINDIES elite team. His teammates Alzarri Joseph and Shimron Hetmyer have already secured spots.

    Paul has played key roles in his Franchise Team, the Guyana Jaguars. The first of which was his final game as a “youth” cricketer when he helped the Young Jaguars to the Regional Under 19 title. He was the leading all-rounder for the tournament. Shortly after he made his first-class debut against Trinidad and Tobago and scored 27 valuable runs coming in at number 11; despite an injury to his hand. He couldn’t bowl for the remainder of that match.

    After an absence of just one round, Paul took career best figures of 6-28 against the Windwards Islands as the Jaguars claimed their third consecutive four-day title. In the 2017 – 2018 Regional 4Day and still only 19 years of age, he had consistently good performances and despite the dominance of spin, Paul took an exceptional 42 wickets.

    His coach when he won in 2016, Graeme West, thinks “his ability to swing the ball at a skiddy pace was just as effective in the shorter (50-overs) version of the game.” His game-changing 5 for 76 against the Leeward Islands Hurricanes “reinforced the reputation he has developed to perform well under pressure.”

    The Super50 tournament spell was cut short; only for a move up to the next level as he replaced the injured Miguel Cummins in the WINDIES A side versus the touring England Lions. In the 4Day format, his stats read 7-0-25-2 and 3-1-3-0.

    West is convinced that Keemo’s performances so far “only adds to the momentum that the young man is building and may well have edged him one step closer to following in Joseph and Hetmyer’s footsteps into the Senior side.”

    Only time will tell.

  • Classy Holder helps Windies survive PNG scare

    HARARE, Zimbabwe, CMC – Skipper Jason Holder agonisingly missed out on a maiden one-day hundred but helped to spare West Indies blushes, as they turned back a plucky Papua New Guinea by six wickets, to post their second win of the ICC World Cup Qualifiers here Thursday.

    Chasing an uncomplicated 201 for victory, the Caribbean side slumped to 58 for four in the 12th over before the right-handed Holder arrived to stroke a classy career-best unbeaten 99, and take his side over the line off 43 overs.

    Importantly, he added 143 in an unbroken fifth wicket stand with the stylish Shai Hope who ended unbeaten on 49.

    All told, Holder faced 101 deliveries and crunched nine fours and four sixes while Hope counted three fours in a 115-ball innings.

    Medium pacer Carlos Brathwaite had earlier secured his first five-wicket haul in ODIs with five for 27, to restrict Papua New Guinea to 200 all out off 42.4 overs at Old Hararians.

    Captain Assad Vala top-scored with 57, Tony Ura weighed in with 37 and Mahuru Dai and Norman Vanua got 35 apiece as Papua New Guinea battled back from 82 for four, to get up to a respectable total.

    Finding themselves in a must-win situation after losing their first two matches, PNG got off to the worst possible start when they lost Vani Morea without scoring to the third ball of the match, run out by Holder off his own bowling.

    However, Vala and opener Ura, repaired the innings in a second wicket stand worth 62, as PNG rallied.

    The 30-year-old Vala struck six fours in a 89-ball knock while Ura, fresh from a superb 150 against Ireland, belted a couple of fours and sixes in a lively 45-ball innings.

    Seamer Kesrick Williams broke the stand when he removed Ura in the 12th over and the dismissal triggered a slide which saw three wickets go down for 19 runs, leaving the minnows percariously perched on 82 for four in the 19th over.

    Vala then anchored the second half-century stand of the innings, putting on a further 69 for the fifth wicket with Dai whose knock required just 43 balls and included three fours.

    Left-arm spinner Nikita Miller (2-25) trapped Dai lbw in the 34th over to end the partnership and Vala perished 15 balls later, caught at the wicket off Brathwaite, as the last six PNG wickets went down for 49 runs.

    Any hopes the Windies had of an easy run chase were quickly erased when Evin Lewis (9) fell in the second over, run out by a direct hit from third man while attempting a third run.

    In the next over, his partner Shimron Hetmyer departed for six, edging a catch behind off seamer Norman Vanua, to leave the Windies struggling on 16 for two.

    Veteran Marlon Samuels dominated briefly, lashing three fours and a six in a 21-ball 24, as he posted a brisk 37 for the third wicket with Hope.

    But his enterprise cost him in the 11th over when he slashed pacer Alei Nao to a widish solitary slip where Vala pouched a sharp chance.

    And PNG were back in the game in the next over when Jason Mohammed missed a forward defensive prod at one from leg-spinner Charles Amini and was lbw without scoring.

    An upset looked on the cards at that stage but Holder put those fears to rest, cruising to his fifth ODI half-century off 66 balls in the 32nd over before accelerating to take the sting out of the PNG attack.

    He romped into the 80s with a six and a four of seamer Chad Soper and was quickly into the 90s when he blasted another six and a four off the next over from Amini.

    With scores tied, Holder needed two for his hundred with one ball remaining in the 43rd over but could only manage a single.

  • Windies Women suffer second defeat White Ferns

    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand- WINDIES Women suffered an 8-wicket defeat to New Zealand White Ferns in the 2nd ODI of ICC Women’s Championships at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Lincoln.

    The White Ferns won the toss and elected to bowl first, which proved a good decision for them.

    Once again, Hayley Matthews was the first WINDIES wicket to fall. She chased after a wide delivery and was caught at point for 18. Her opening partner, Kycia Knight’s stay at the crease was also short, as she was caught at first slip for 16.

    Captain Stafanie Taylor was joined by Chedean Nation and the pair started the urgent rebuild that the WINDIES Women’s innings needed.

    Nation was the aggressor of the pair as she took the chances to go after the New Zealand bowlers. Taylor was the tactician, calling for the singles and twos when they were available.

    The pair posted a 44-run partnership before Nation fell for 35. This then signaled the slide of the middle order.

    Deandra Dottin came in when both her Captain and team needed her hard-hitting and experience, but it was not to be. She gave Leigh Kasperek an easy caught and bowl dismissal. She fell for 10.

    Kyshonna Knight came into the wicket and was given a lifeline when she was dropped on 5 but was trapped LBW soon after for 9 to Kasperek. Then Merissa Aguilleira charging down the pitch for a single was caught short of her ground, runout for 0.

    Britney Cooper made an 8-ball 0 before becoming Kasperek’s third victim.

    Captain Taylor once again had to carry the batting for the team. She reached 86 before she was caught in the 49th over. The WINDIES Women, all out for 194 in 48.1 overs

    Bowling for New Zealand, Leigh Kasperek finished with figures of 4/44, while Lea Tahuhu had 3/42.

    In their reply, New Zealand got to the target with the loss of 2 wickets. Skipper Suzie Bates smashed an unbeaten 101 not out while Sophie Devine continued her good form from the previous match by scoring 80.

    The WINDIES bowlers struggled on an uncooperative pitch to which the White Ferns capitalized. Chedean Nation sustained a minor injury while fielding and is being monitored by the physiotherapist on tour.

    Bates was the aggressor as she struck 13-fours on her way to an 86-ball century. With her at the end was Katey Martin on 4 not out. The White Ferns reached 195/2 in 30.4 overs.

    Afy Fletcher had the best bowling figures for WINDIES Women, taking 2/47.

    Suzie Bates was Player of the Match