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  • Sensational Dottin hundred sees Windies to second win

    LEICESTER, England, CMC – The mercurial Deandra Dottin stroked an aggressive maiden one-day hundred as West Indies Women produced their best performance of an otherwise disappointing campaign, with a 19-run win over Pakistan Women in the ICC Women’s World Cup here Tuesday.

    Sent in at Grace Road in their sixth game of the tournament, West Indies rattled up an authoritative 285 for four off their 50 overs with the right-handed Dottin smashing an unbeaten 104 off just 76 balls.

    Captain Stafanie Taylor missed out on a sixth career hundred when she perished for 90 while Chedean Nation scored 35 and Merissa Aguilleira, 24 not out.

    Seamer Asmavia Iqbal led Pakistan with two for 76.

    Rain during the break forced Pakistan to chase a revised target of 245 off 38 overs but when the adverse weather returned, they had reached only 117 for three off 24 overs – short of the par score of 136.

    Javeria Khan top-scored with an unbeaten 58 off 72 balls while opener Nahida Khan made 40 from 46 deliveries.

    Veteran off-spinner Anisa Mohammed was once again at the forefront of the Windies attack, taking two for 21 from her four overs.

    The victory was the Caribbean side’s second on the trot following last Sunday’s 47-run win over Sri Lanka Women in Derby which broke a sequence of four successive defeats.

    However, it was Dottin who took centre stage, striking the fastest-ever hundred by a West Indies batsman off just 71 balls and the first triple figure score for her side in four years.

    No such enterprise was envisioned when Asmavia removed both openers cheaply to leave the Windies struggling on 26 for two in the fifth over.

    Teenager Hayley Matthews got a leading edge back to the right-armer in the very first over to depart for one with two runs on the board while the left-handed Kycia Knight tickled a catch behind for 17 off 13 balls.

    Taylor and Nation then steadied the innings in a sensible 87-run, third wicket stand which established the platform for Dottin’s later assault.

    The right-handed Taylor was classy in striking 11 pristine fours – comprising mostly cuts and off-side drives – along with a six off 107 balls while Nation faced 68 balls and counted five fours.

    Approaching the half-way stage of the innings, the right-handed Nation was bowled, missing a sweep at left-arm spinner Nashra Sandhu with the Windies on 113 for three in the 25th over.

    Dottin then joined Taylor and dominated their 91-run, fourth wicket stand, leading a devastating assault on the Pakistan attack.

    All told, the 26-year-old Dottin counted 12 fours and three sixes – a combination of impetuous off-side strokes and wristy leg-side shots.

    She started slowly, requiring 16 balls for her first seven runs without a boundary before accelerating to reach her half-century off just 49 deliveries.

    Dottin took boundaries at will off every bowler and when Asmavia returned for a second spell, she whipped her through mid-wicket for four and then smashed her over long on for six, in the 37th over which leaked 12 runs.

    She motored to her second fifty off just 22 deliveries, whacking left-arm spinner Sadia Yousuf for a four and a six in the 45th over before smashing back-to-back fours off off-spinner Sana Mir in the 46th over that cost 14 runs.

    Dottin stormed into the 90s with a pair of boundaries off Sandhu in the 48th before raising her hundred in style by clearing the ropes at long on with Asmavia in the penultimate over.

    Taylor had earlier appeared set for three figures before she chipped a return catch to seamer Diana Baig in the 40th over at 204 for four.

    However, Aguilleira kept Dottin company in an unbroken fifth wicket stand of 81 as West Indies picked up the tempo to gather 51 runs from the last five overs.

    West Indies then struck early when rookie seamer Akeira Peters had Ayesha Zafar caught at mid-on for nine with 27 on the board in the sixth over but Javeria and Nahida put on 80 to raise Pakistan’s hopes.

    With rain hovering and pressure building on the Windies, Mohammed struck two key blows. First, she bowled Nahida with a full length delivery as the batsman made room outside leg in the 21st over before having Iram Javed holing out to cover in her next over, trying to clear the infield as the rains arrived.

    WEST INDIES WOMEN

    H Matthews c & b Asmavia Iqbal 1

    Kycia Knight c wkp Sidra Nawaz b Asmavia Iqbal 17

    *S Taylor c & b Diana Baig 90

    C Nation b Nashra Sandhu 35

    D Dottin not out 104

    +M Aguilleira not out   24

    Extras  (b1, lb2, w11) 14

    TOTAL (4 wkts, 50 overs) 285

    Did not bat: Kyshona Knight, S Daley, A Fletcher, A Peters, A Mohammed

    Fall of wickets: 1-2 (Matthews, 1 over), 2-26 (Kycia Knight, 4.3), 3-113 (Nation, 24.4), 4-204 (Taylor, 39.5)

    Bowling: Asmavia Iqbal 10-0-76-2, Diana Baig 10-0-57-1 (w6), Sana Mir 10-0-49-0 (w1), Nashra Sandhu 10-0-58-1 (w3), Sadia Yousuf 10-1-42-0 (w1)

    PAKISTAN WOMEN (Target: 245 off 38 overs)

    Ayesha Zafar c Fletcher b Peters 9

    Nahida Khan b Mohammed 40

    Javeria Khan not out 58

    Iram Javed c Nation b Mohammed 5

    Extras  (lb2, w3) 5

    TOTAL (3 wkts, 24 overs) 117

    Did not bat: Nain Abidi, *Sana Mir, +Sidra Nawaz, Asmavia Iqbal, Nashra Sandhu, Sadia Yousuf, Diana Baig

    Fall of wickets: 1-27 (Ayesha Zafar, 5.4 overs), 2-107 (Nahida Khan, 21.5), 3-117 (Iram Javed, 24)

    Bowling: Dottin 4-0-23-0 (w1), Peters 4-0-20-1 (w2), Taylor 8-0-29-0, Daley 4-0-22-0, Mohammed 4-0-21-2.

    Result: West Indies Women won by 19 runs (D/L method).

    Points: West Indies Women 2, Pakistan Women 0.

    Player-of-the-Match: Deandra Dottin.

    Toss: Pakistan Women.

    Umpires: S Redfern, L Rusere.

  • Regional Under-17 Tournament Starts Today

    The Cricket West Indies Regional Under-17 Tournament starts today across three venues in Trinidad. All matches start at 9:30am.

    You can follow live updates, including videos of pictures @WindiesRegional on Twitter and Windies Cricket on Facebook.

    • T&T vs Barbados – Brian Lara Cricket Academy
    • Guyana vs Windwards – Gilbert Park
    • Leewards vs Jamaica – NCC

    Fixtures:

  • PREVIEW: Windies Women eyeing second win but spin test awaits

    LEICESTER, England, CMC – West Indies Women are bracing for a trial by spin when they face winless Pakistan Women here Tuesday, aiming to secure their second victory of the ICC Women’s World Cup.

    The Windies broke a wretched spell of four straight losses when they brushed aside Sri Lanka by 47 runs at Derby on Sunday and are focussed on another positive result to further boost their battered confidence.

    But Pakistan, despite their poor form in the tournament, will prove a challenge for the Windies with their slower bowlers and captain Stafanie Taylor said they were preparing for the test.

    “We know their usual – they’re going to come with their spinners,” Taylor told reporters.

    “I think that’s what they mostly do to all the teams. We saw a bit of that [against Sri Lanka] so we should counteract their bowlers on Tuesday.”

    She added: “Pakistan have always been a fighting team whenever playing against any team but I think all the teams think West Indies is a team that you want to beat. So I think all the teams do come out really hard [there’s] no doubt about Pakistan [doing the same.]”

    In their best showing of the campaign, West Indies rallied to 229 for nine – their highest total of the series – even though their batsmen again failed to register a half-century.

    Veteran off-spinner Anisa Mohammed then claimed three for 39 to emerge with Player-of-the-Match honours while left-arm spinner Shanel Daley and leg-spinner Afy Fletcher picked up two wickets apiece.

    Taylor said the victory coming when it did would energise the spirits of her side as they sought to finish the tournament strongly.

    “We wanted to win so badly and [Sunday] meant a lot to us. Coming out here, we knew this game would be crucial because Sri Lanka hadn’t won a game also and we know that we had to play some good cricket, some tough cricket,” Taylor pointed out.

    “[Sunday’s win] would have added to our confidence, seeing that it’s a win. We’ve been fighting really hard to win a game and we know it’s just … two more games to go so we know how important these games are.

    “We definitely want to win [and] go home on a high. Going into Tuesday’s game we know it’s not going to be easy because Pakistan haven’t won a game.”

    West Indies entered the campaign as Twenty20 World champions and as finalists of the last 50-overs World Cup in India four years ago, so understandably the camp has felt the weight of disappointment.

    However, Taylor said it was important the Caribbean side took the results and put them in perspective.

    “Sometimes you win some and sometimes you lose some,” she asserted.

    “We’re not putting ourselves under too much pressure where that is concerned because sometimes you lose some and sometimes you win so we’re just embracing that. I am really happy we won [on Sunday].”

    SQUADS:

    WEST INDIES – Stafanie Taylor (captain), Merissa Aguilleira, Reniece Boyce, Shamilia Connell, Shanel Daley, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Qiana Joseph, Kyshona Knight, Hayley Matthews, Anisa Mohammed, Chedean Nation, Akeira Peters, Shakera Selman, Felicia Walters, Kycia Knight, Subrina Munroe

    PAKISTAN – Sana Mir (captain), Asmavia Iqbal, Ayesha Zafar, Diana Baig, Ghulam Fatima, Iram Javed, Javeria Wadood, Kainat Imtiaz, Marina Iqbal, Bibi Nahida, Nain Abidi, Nashra Sundhu, Sadia Yousaf, Sidra Nawaz, Waheeda Akhter.

  • Kallicharan ton not enough to save Windies U-19s

    DURBAN, South Africa, CMC – Scoreboard of the first unofficial One-Day International between South Africa Under-19s and West Indies Under-19s at Chatsworth Stadium here Sunday:

    WEST INDIES U-19s

    K Simmons lbw b Ntini 0

    B Yadram c de Klerk b Campher 20

    *+E Stewart b Ntini 0

    C Cooper lbw b de Klerk 5

    K Kallicharan c Pillay b Ntini 101

    A Athanaze run out 16

    J Royal lbw b Coetzee 28

    J Bishop c wkp Makwetu b Ntini 16

    M Louis not out 14

    Extras (b4, lb3, w15) 22

    TOTAL (8 wkts, 50 overs) 222

    Did not bat: D Nedd, J Spencer

    Fall of wickets: 1-10, 2-10, 3-33, 4-33, 5-78, 6-125, 7-184, 8-222.

    Bowling: Coetzee 10-1-39-1 (w5), Ntini 10-0-56-4 (w4), Campher 7-1-38-1 (w5), de Klerk 10-3-25-1, Rolfes 9-2-32-0, Smith 4-0-25-0 (w1),

    SOUTH AFRICA U-19s

    M Breetzke c wkp Stewart b Spencer 2

    J Pillay c wkp Stewart b Nedd 1

    *R van Tonder not out 131

    J Christensen lbw b Bishop 14

    +W Makwetu b Bishop 35

    H Rolfes lbw b Nedd 26

    C Campher not out 0

    Extras (b1, lb1, w11, nb1) 14

    TOTAL (5 wkts, 41.1 overs) 223

    Did not bat: G Coetzee, K Smith, J de Klerk, T Ntini

    Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-16, 3-44, 4-156, 5-222.

    Bowling:Spencer 8-1-46-1 (w1), Nedd 8.-0-40-2 (w9), Yadram 3-0-14-0, Bishop 10-0-50-2 (w1), Louis 2-0-16-0, Royal 10-0-55-0.

    Result: South Africa Under-19s won by five wickets.

    Series: South Africa Under-19s lead five-match series 1-0.

    Man-of-the-Match: Raynard van Tonder.

    Toss: South Africa Under-19s.

    Umpires: S Gasa, L Gcuma.

  • Lewis leads West Indies demolition in T20I

    KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – Opener Evin Lewis led a brutal assault with a record-breaking hundred as West Indies sensationally battered India to win the one-off Twenty20 International by nine wickets here Sunday.

    In pursuit of 191 for victory at Sabina Park, the Caribbean side staged the third-highest successful run chase in their history to get home with nine balls to spare and notch their third victory over India inside the last 15 months.

    The left-handed Lewis slammed a scintillating unbeaten 125 off a mere 62 deliveries, belting six fours and 12 giant sixes – the last of which off left-armer Ravi Jadeja sailed over wide long-on and ended the game in style.

    He dominated an 82-run, first wicket stand with superstar Chris Gayle who made 18 from 20 balls in his first match for West Indies since last year’s T20 World Cup in India, before adding 112 in an unbroken second partnership with Marlon Samuels who was flamboyant in an unbeaten 36 off 29 deliveries.

    With his hundred, Lewis became only the third batsman to score two hundreds in T20 Internationals joining the illustrious company of Gayle and New Zealander Brendon McCullum.

    He also eclipsed Gayle’s 117 against South Africa 10 years ago for the highest score by a West Indian in T20 Internationals and overtook Australian Shane Watson for the third highest-ever score.

    India had earlier posted a challenging 190 for six off their 20 overs after being sent in, with Dinesh Karthik top-scoring with 48 off 29 deliveries and captain Virat Kohli getting 39 off 22 balls.

    Teenager Rishabh Pant, in his third T20I, chipped in with 38 off 35 balls while opener Shikhar Dhawan made a swift 23, but India lost momentum during their innings and never cleared the 200-run mark.

    Kohli and Dhawan gave them a lightening quick start, however, racing to 54 without loss after the first five overs as the Windies leaked runs early on.

    Kohli had smashed a six and a four off the first two balls of the sixth over from seamer Kesrick Williams when he was deceived by a slower one and taken at mid-on by Sunil Narine.

    All told, he struck seven fours and a six.

    Two balls later, Williams’s brilliant direct hit at the non-striker’s end following through off his own bowling, accounted for Dhawan, leaving India to regroup.

    They did so through an 86-run third wicket stand between Karthik and the 19-year-old Pant, as the visitors put themselves in a strong position on 140 for two with five overs left.

    But West Indies hit back, grabbing four wickets for 13 runs in the space of 14 deliveries to leave India on 164 for six at the end of the 18th.

    Karthik was third out in the 16th over at 151 for three, bowled by Samuels after striking five fours and three sixes and seamer Jerome Taylor knocked over MS Dhoni (2) and Pant in 17th over, before Williams had Kedar Jadhav (4) brilliantly caught by Narine at deep square at the end of the 18th over.

    In reply, West Indies started slowly, managing just 17 runs from the first three overs before Lewis sprang to the life in the fourth over, blasting boundaries off the last three balls as seamer Mohammed Shami’s first over leaked 19 runs.

    He clobbered off-spinner Ravi Ashwin for back-to-back sixes in the next over which cost 16 runs before taking another 14 runs from pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s following over.

    Lewis, who survived two chances in the deep just five balls apart in separate overs, raced to his half-century off 24 balls when he cleared the ropes at long on with left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav at the start of the seventh over.

    Gayle, who punched a four and a six in a sedate knock, top-edged a pull at Kuldeep in the ninth and was caught by wicketkeeper Dhoni but Lewis continued unfazed, needing 28 balls to complete his second fifty.

    He marched into the 90s with a straight six off Jadeja, moved to 99 two balls later with a massive six over long off before sprinting a quick single to raise three figures off 52 deliveries and follow up his maiden century against the same team last August in Florida.

    Not to be left out, Samuels produced some exquisite strokes, taking 16 from one over from Shami, en route to finishing with five fours and a six.

    INDIA

    *V Kohli c Narine b Williams 39

    S Dhawan run out 23

    R Pant c wkp Walton b Taylor 38

    D Karthik b Samuels 48

    +MS Dhoni c Samuels b Taylor 2

    K Jadhav c Narine b Williams 4

    R Jadeja not out 13

    R Ashwin not out 11

    Extras (lb6, w6) 12

    TOTAL (6 wkts, 20 overs) 190

    Did not bat: Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, B Kumar

    Fall of wickets: 1-64 (Kohli, 5.3 overs), 2-65 (Dhawan, 5.5), 3-151 (Karthik, 15.4), 4-156 (Dhoni, 16.4), 5-156 (Pant, 16.5), 6-164 (Jadhav, 18)

    Bowling: Badree 4-0-31-0 (w1), Taylor 4-0-31-2 (w1), Williams 4-0-42-2, Brathwaite 2-0-26-0 (w3), Narine 3-0-22-0, Samuels 3-0-32-1.

    WEST INDIES

    C Gayle c wkp Dhoni b Kuldeep Yadav 18

    E Lewis not out 125

    M Samuels not out 36

    Extras (b5, lb2, w8) 15

    TOTAL (1 wkt, 18.3 overs) 194

    Did not bat: +C Walton, K Pollard, R Powell, *C Brathwaite, S Narine, S Badree, J Taylor, K Williams.

    Fall of wicket: 1-82 (Gayle, 8.2 overs)

    Bowling: Kumar 4-0-27-0, Ashwin 4-0-39-0 (w2), Shami 3-0-46-0 (w1), Kuldeep Yadav 4-0-34-1 (w3), Jadeja 3.3-0-41-0 (w2).

    Result: West Indies won by nine wickets.

    Series: West Indies won one-off T20 International.

    Man-of-the-Match: Evin Lewis.

    Toss: West Indies.

    Umpires: N Duguid, L Reifer; TV – J Wilson.

  • Windies Women break losing streak with Sri Lanka win

    DERBY, England, CMC – West Indies Women overpowered Sri Lanka Women by 47 runs to end their wretched unbeaten run at the ICC Women’s World Cup and begin their quest to salvage some pride from an otherwise depressing campaign.

    With four defeats in their previous outings, the Caribbean side turned the page on the disappointing run by posting their best total of the tournament with 229 for nine off 50 overs and then successfully defending it, holding the Sri Lankans 182 off 48 overs.

    While the victory handed the Windies their first points of the tournament with two games remaining, it kept Sri Lanka as one of two winless sides along with the bottom-placed Pakistan Women.

    Sent in at Derbyshire County Ground, veteran Merissa Aguilleira top-scored with an unbeaten 46 while Deandra Dottin stroked 38 and Kyshona Knight and Hayley Matthews got 26 apiece.

    Seamer Sripali Weerakkody claimed three for 38 while pacer Ama Kanchana (2-50) and left-arm spinner Inoka Ranaweera (2-56) finished with two wickets apiece.

    Not for the first time, 19-year-old opener Matthews got a start, hitting three fours in a breezy 32-ball knock as she added 34 for the first wicket with Kycia Knight who made 19.

    However, she missed a pull at Weerakkody and was lbw in the eighth over and West Indies suffered a huge blow 10 balls later when captain Stafanie Taylor was taken behind off the same bowler for just four, at 42 for two.

    Chedean Nation made 20 off 38, posting 33 for the third wicket with Kycia Knight but the partnership required 61 and put a drag on the innings.

    The right-handed Nation perished in the 20th over, edging a loose drive at Weerakkody behind and Kycia Knight’s 53-ball labour ended in the 25th over when she bungled a sweep and was lbw to off-spinner Shashikala Siriwardene at 102 for four.

    Dottin dazzled in her first significant innings of the tournament, facing just 25 deliveries and striking seven delightful boundaries all around the ground.

    Sri Lanka’s bowlers were just about out of ideas when Dottin attempted a reverse paddle to a full length ball and was palpably lbw to Ranaweera in the 28th over at 124 for four.

    From there on, Aguilleira managed the innings well for the Windies in a knock that lasted 59 balls and included two fours. She started slowly but then picked up the tempo, adding 37 for the sixth wicket with Kyshona Knight and 31 for the seventh wicket with Shanel Daley (21).

    Kyshona Knight lived a charmed life, surviving a run out, a stumping and a caught and bowled chance before finally going bowled in the 39th over missing a heave at Ranaweera, after facing 49 deliveries and striking three fours.

    Daley counted a four and a six in a busy 22-ball knock before holding out in the deep off Kanchana.

    Sri Lanka, in reply, were then hurt by Player-of-the-Match Anisa Mohammed who claimed three for 39 while spinners Shanel Daley (2-30) and Afy Fletcher (2-38) supported with two wickets apiece.

    Shashikala Siriwardene top-scored with 33, Prasadani Weerakkody chipped in with 30 while  Chamari Jayangani got 26.

    Off-spinner Taylor, taking the new ball, got the breakthrough when she had Hasini Perera well caught at the wicket by Aguilleira for four in the fifth over. And four balls later in the next over, off-spinner Matthews bowled Nipuni Hansika for nine, after getting one to drift and beat the left-hander’s drive.

    Siriwardene and Jayangani combined to bolster the Sri Lankan innings, frustrating the Windies in a stand of 61 for the third wicket.

    While the right-handed Siriwardene faced 67 balls and struck five fours, her left-handed partner counted two fours and faced 50 balls.

    When Jayangani was brilliantly stumped off Mohammed in the 25th over, three wickets tumbled for four runs in the space of 14 balls as Sri Lanka slumped to 88 for five in the 27th over.

    Prasadani Weerakkody and Oshadi Ranasinghe held up the Windies advance with a 42-run sixth wicket stand but once the partnership was broken, the last five wickets went down for 52 runs.

    WEST INDIES WOMEN

    H Matthews lbw b S Weerakkody 26

    Kycia Knight lbw b Siriwardene 19

    *S Taylor c wkp P Weerakkody b S Weerakkody 4

    C Nation c wkp P Weerakkody b Kanchana 20

    D Dottin lbw b Ranaweera 38

    +M Aguilleira not out 46

    Kyshona Knight b Ranaweera 26

    S Daley c Surangika b Kanchana 21

    A Fletcher c wkp P Weerakkody b S Weerakkody 3

    A Peters run out 4

    A Mohammed not out 7

    Extras (lb9, w5, nb1) 15

    TOTAL (9 wkts, 50 overs) 229

    Fall of wickets: 1-34 (Matthews, 8 overs), 2-42 (Taylor, 9.4), 3-75 (Nation, 19.5), 4-102 (Kycia Knight, 24.3), 5-124 (Dottin, 27.1), 6-161 (Kyshona Knight, 38.3), 7-192 (Daley, 44.3), 8-196 (Fletcher, 45.1), 9-206 (Peters, 47.2)

    Bowling: Prabodhani 9-1-35-0 (w2), S Weerakkody 10-2-38-3 (w1), Ranaweera 10-1-56-2 (w1, nb1), Siriwardene 10-0-33-1, Kanchana 9-1-50-2 (w1), Ranasinghe 2-0-8-0.

    SRI LANKA WOMEN

    N Hansika b Matthews 9

    H Perera c wkp Aguilleira b Taylor 4

    C Jayangani st Aguilleira b Mohammed 26

    S Siriwardene b Mohammed 33

    D Surangika lbw b Mohammed 0

    +P Weerakkody run out 30

    O Ranasinghe b Daley 20

    A Kanchana c Taylor b Daley 17

    S Weerakkody not out 13

    U Prabodhani st Aguilleira b Fletcher 10

    *I Ranaweera b Fletcher 1

    Extras (b2, lb2, w14, nb1) 19

    TOTAL (all out, 48 overs) 182

    Fall of wickets: 1-22 (Perera, 5 overs), 2-23 (Hansika, 5.4), 3-84 (Jayangani, 24.1), 4-84 (Surangika, 24.2), 5-88 (Siriwardene, 26.3), 6-130 (P Weerakkody, 36.4), 7-147 (Ranasinghe, 40.1), 8-159 (Kanchana, 42.3), 9-180 (Prabodhani, 47.2), 10-182 (Ranaweera, 48)

    Bowling: Taylor 10-0-35-1 (w3), Dottin 2-0-13-0 (w3), Matthews 10-1-23-1 (w1), Mohammed 10-0-39-3, Fletcher 9-1-38-2 (w3, nb1), Daley 7-0-30-2.

    Result: West Indies Women won by 47 runs.

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

    Player-of-the-Match: Anisa Mohammed.

    Toss: Sri Lanka Women.

    Umpires: S George, C Polosak.

  • PREVIEW: Windies Women aiming to buck losing trend

    DERBY, England, CMC – After heavy losses in their opening four games, an air of inevitably surrounds West Indies Women’s fifth match of the ICC Women’s World Cup against Sri Lanka Women here Sunday.

    The Caribbean side, the regining Twenty20 champions, have been shambolic throughout the tour and none of their performances to date have offered any hope that a turn around is imminent.

    To make matters worse, they lost their new-ball seamers Shamilia Connell and Shakera Selman to injury a week ago, leaving their attack appearing even more toothless.

    If there is any consolation, however, it is that the Windies face a side also winless in their four games and one they have beaten several times in the past, and captain Stafanie Taylor hopes this can count for something.

    “Playing against Sri Lanka [in the past] we had some victories against them so coming into this game we would have that in the back of our minds,” Taylor told a media conference here Saturday.

    She added: “We know how important these games are, we know how good we are as a team so going into the rest of the games we just have to leave everything out there on the field.”

    West Indies’ batting has been at the core of their problems. They have batted first on each each occasion and failed to muster more than 205 – a total which came in their opener against reigning champions Australia women and resulted in an eight-wicket defeat in Taunton.

    Since then, they have managed totals of 183, a tournament-low 48 against South Africa Women and 150, with none of their batsmen managing a single half-century.

    Coupled with that, their bowling has lacked cutting edge and the fielding has been ordinary, leaving the Windies with plenty to pull together in order to mark their first win of the tournament.

    However, Taylor said despite the losing streak, the team had used the disappointments as a learning experience.

    “We know that expectactions are high but it’s a different format,” the Jamaican contended.

    “But we’ve learned and going back home we will take all that we’ve learned and move forward. The experience has been good. Sometimes things don’t go the way that you would like but it’s experience. We do have a couple new players so I’m sure they will take that experience as well moving forward.”

    West Indies have been already eliminated from contention from the final four and with only pride to play for, Taylor said the side wanted to salvage something from the tournament.

    “We rate all the games as being important so looking at the loss that we had previously, going forward now all games are pretty much must-win. We’re definitely playing for pride.”

    SQUADS:

    WEST INDIES – Stafanie Taylor (captain), Merissa Aguilleira, Reniece Boyce, Shamilia Connell, Shanel Daley, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Qiana Joseph, Kyshona Knight, Hayley Matthews, Anisa Mohammed, Chedean Nation, Akeira Peters, Shakera Selman, Felicia Walters, Kycia Knight, Subrina Munroe.

    SRI LANKA – Inoka Ranaweera (captain), Chandima Gunaratne, Nipuni Hansika, Chamari Athapaththu, Ama Kanchana, Eshani Lokusooriya, Chamari Polgampala, Harshitha Madhavi, Hasini Perera, Udeshika Prabodani, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Shashikala Siriwardena, Dilani Manodara, Prasadani Weerakkodi, Sripali Weerakkody, Eshani Lokusuriyage.

  • CWI Professional Cricket League | Squads for 2017-2018 season

    KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Player Draft of Cricket West Indies Professional Cricket League was staged today at the Jamaica Pegasus in Kingston, Jamaica.

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  • Award Winners from WIPA/CWI annual awards ceremony

    Please see below the list of award winners from the WIPA/CWI annual awards ceremony held on Friday night at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, Jamaica:

    Under-19 Team of the Year: Guyana

    Under-19 Cricketer of the Year: Joshua Bishop

    WIPA in the Community Award: Kameah Cooper

    First-Class Team of the Year: Guyana

    Regional Four-Day Cricketer of the Year: Roston Chase

    Regional Limited-Overs Cricketer of the Year: Ashley Nurse

    Regional T20 Cricketer of the Year: Dwayne Bravo

    Emerging Cricketer of the Year: Roston Chase

    ODI Cricketer of the Year: Jason Holder

    Test Cricketer of the Year: Roston Chase

    T20 International Cricketer of the Year: Andre Russell

    Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year: Stafanie Taylor

    Women’s T20 International Cricketer of the Year: Stafanie Taylor

    Windies Foundation Award: The Chris Gayle Foundation

    CWI Lifetime Award: Walter Eden St John

    WIPA Lifetime Award: Cleveland Davidson

    Women’s Cricketer of the Year: Stafanie Taylor

    Men’s Cricketer of the Year: Roston Chase

  • WATCH LIVE: WIPA/CWI Annual Awards Ceremony

    KINGSTON, Jamaica – Watch the 2016/17 annual awards ceremony hosted by West Indies Players Association (WIPA) and Cricket West Indies (CWI) live from Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.