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  • Windies Women to third straight loss

    LEICESTER, England, CMC – West Indies Women were bundled out for their second lowest-ever total in One-Day Internationals as their already troubled World Cup campaign took a turn for the worst with a demoralising 10-wicket defeat to South Africa Women here Sunday.

    Asked to bat first at Grace Road, the Windies capitulated to 48 all out off just 25.2 overs – the sixth lowest total in a Women’s World Cup and the lowest in 20 years.

    Chedean Nation, batting at number four, was the only player to reach double figures with 26 as the Caribbean side’s long batting line-up inexplicably fell apart in ideal conditions.

    Leg-spinner Dane van Niekerk (4-0) and new ball seamer Marizanne Kapp (4-14) wrecked the innings with four wickets apiece while fast bowler Shabnim Ismail ended with two for 16.

    In reply, Lizelle Lee stroked a cameo unbeaten 29 from just 16 balls as South Africa coasted to their target off a mere 38 deliveries, to post their second win and remain unbeaten from their three matches.

    In contrast, West Indies have now lost all three games and are winless on tour after also losing all five of their warm-up fixtures.

    The defeat was their second to the Proteas in 10 days following a similar meltdown in their official warm-up in Oakham when they were knocked over for 63.

    Any hopes of making amends for that performance were quickly dashed as Kapp and Ismail produced a telling burst with the new ball to rip the heart out of the West Indies batting and leave the innings in strife at 16 for five in the eighth over.

    Hayley Matthews, the most consistent Windies batsman so far, perished for four in the third over when she played back to one from Ismail that nipped back off the seam and was lbw with just four runs on the board.

    Captain Stafanie Taylor lasted just 10 balls for her four before spectacularly losing her off-stump in the fifth over to one from Ismail that also came back.

    Kapp then turned the game on its head with three wickets in her fourth over, the eighth of the innings, when she sent back debutant opener Reniece Boyce (4), Kyshona Knight (0) and Deandra Dottin (0) in quick succession.

    The right-handed Boyce chipped a return catch to Kapp off the first ball over the over before Knight missed a straightish one on leg-stump and was lbw first ball.

    Dottin then played all around a full length delivery, the fifth of the over, and had her leg-stump uprooted.

    At this stage, West Indies were staring at an historic low but Nation and former skipper Merissa Aguilleira put on 22 for the sixth wicket to steer their side clear of that unwanted record.

    Nation faced 53 balls and struck five fours – most of them streaky shots behind the wicket – while Aguilleira spent 38 balls over her three.

    The partnership ended in the 20th over when Aguilleira missed an ill-advised sweep at van Niekerk and was bowled leg-stump and new batsman Shanel Daley followed without scoring in the leg-spinner’s next over, top-edging a sweep to short backward square.

    Tottering on 42 for seven, there was no resistance from the Windies tail as Afy Fletcher was trapped on her crease and bowled by Kapp without scoring, Nation gifted her wicket by clipping a simple catch to short mid-wicket off van Niekerk before debutant Qiana Joseph was trapped lbw to van Niekerk also without bothering the scorers.

    The Windies malaise extended into their fielding effort as Taylor then put down Lee at square leg and Anisa Mohammed let off Laura Wolvaardt (19 not out) at first slip off successive deliveries from Dottin in the third over.

    Lee went on to stroke six fours in her knock while Wolvaardt counted three – the last of which was a delightful cover-drive off Dottin which took South Africa to victory.

    West Indies will take on New Zealand on Thursday in Taunton.

    WEST INDIES WOMEN

    H Matthews lbw b Ismail 4

    R Boyce c & b Kapp 4

    *S Taylor b Ismail 4

    C Nation c Kapp b van Niekerk 26

    Kyshona Knight lbw b Kapp 0

    D Dottin b Kapp 0

    +M Aguilleira b van Niekerk 3

    S Daley c Wolvaardt b van Niekerk 0

    A Fletcher b Kapp 0

    A Mohammed not out 4

    Q Joseph lbw b van Niekerk 0

    Extras (w2, nb1) 3

    TOTAL (all out, 25.2 overs)  48

    Fall of wickets: 1-4 (Matthews, 2.3 overs), 2-10 (Taylor, 5), 3-16 (Boyce, 7.1), 4-16 (Kyshona Knight, 7.2), 5-16 (Dottin, 7.5), 6-38 (Aguilleira, 20), 7-42 (Daley, 21.3), 8-43 (Fletcher, 22.3), 9-43 (Nation, 23.5), 10-48 (Joseph, 25.2)

    Bowling: Ismail 6-1-16-2, Kapp 7-2-14-4 (w2, nb1), Khaka 4-2-7-0, Daniels 5-2-11-0, D van Niekerk 3.2-3-0-4.

    SOUTH AFRICA WOMEN

    L Wolvaardt not out 19

    L Lee not out 29

    Extras (w3) 3

    TOTAL (without loss, 6.2 overs) 51

    Did not bat: +T Chetty, M du Preez, M Kapp, C Tryon, *D van Niekerk, S Luus, S Ismail, A Khaka, M Daniels

    Bowling: Dottin 3.2-0-23-0 (w2), Joseph 2-0-19-0, Daley 1-0-9-0.

    Result: South Africa Women won by 10 wickets.

    Points: South Africa Women 2, West Indies Women 0.

    Player-of-the-Match: Marizanne Kapp.

    Toss: South Africa Women.

    Umpires: S Redfern, Sharfuddoula.

  • Crushing defeat puts Windies on verge of series loss

    ST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – Another abject batting performance sent West Indies tumbling to a 93-run defeat to India in the third One-Day International here Friday, leaving the embattled Caribbean side with their ninth loss in 12 outings and on the verge of another depressing series result.

    Opting to bowl first at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium, they managed to restrict India to 251 for four off their 50 overs, with former skipper MS Dhoni top-scoring with a Man-of-the-Match 78 not out.

    Opener Ajinkya Rahane carved out 72 while Kedar Jadhav struck an attacking unbeaten 40 and Yuvraj Singh, 39.

    Fast bowler Miguel Cummins was the best bowler with two for 56.

    In reply, West Indies never looked the part and slumped to a dreadful 158 all out off 38.1 overs – their second lowest total against India in the Caribbean.

    Jason Mohammed led with 40 and Rovman Powell chipped in with a breezy 30 but no other batsman displayed the type of enterprise required to put the Windies over the line.

    Off-spinner Ravi Ashwin (3-28) and left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav (3-41) claimed three wickets apeice to lead India’s attack.

    The defeat was also the hosts 10th in 12 ODIs at the venue, leaving them without form or confidence heading into Sunday’s fourth match here.

    With the victory, India took a 2-0 lead and will now target their seventh series win over the Windies in 10 years.

    Needing a solid start to their run chase, West Indies got anything but as left-handed Evin Lewis was bowled for two in just the second over of the innings with nine runs on the board, playing back to a quick one from seamer Umesh Yadav which kept a touch low.

    The Hope brothers, Kyle and Shai, then came togther to add 45 for the second wicket and stabilise the innings. Kyle, on debut, looked at ease in his 19 which included three fours while Shai made 24 off 50 balls with two fours, to be one of only three batsmen to pass 20.

    However, Kyle top-edged a hook at pacer Hardik Pandya and was caught at deep backward square in the 13th over, triggering a collapse that saw four wickets tumble for 33 runs in the space of 41 deliveries.

    Roston Chase was completely flummoxed by the third ball he received and bowled by Kuldeep for two in the 14th over while Shai Hope got himself in a tangle against a short ball from Pandya and top-edged a return catch in the 17th over.

    When captain Jason Holder was smartly stumped down the leg-side off Ashwin for six, the Windies were reeling at 87 for five in the 20th but Mohammed and Powell came together in a 54-run sixth wicket partnership to resist India.

    Without being entirely fluent, Mohammed struck four fours in his 61-ball knock while Powell freed his arms to strike five boundaries off 43 deliveries.

    With the partnership threatening, India resorted once again to spin and the move paid dividends. The runs had dried up and pressure was mounting when Powell holed out to backward square off Kuldeep in the 33rd over at 141 for six and in the following over Ashley Nurse (6) squirted Ashwin to a diving Umesh Yadav at square leg with seven runs added.

    All hopes then rested on Mohammed but he missed a sweep at Kuldeep and was lbw in the 37th over and the end came swiftly with Miguel Cummins (1) and debutant Kesrick Williams (1) offering no resistance.

    Dhoni had earlier rescued India after they stumbled to 100 for three in the 27th over in difficult conditions, following a 45-minute delayed start because of rain.

    With Shikhar Dhawan (2) and captain Virat Kohli (11) having fallen cheaply to leave India 34 for two in the 10th over, Rahane put on 66 for the third wicket with Yuvraj before adding a further 70 for the fourth with Dhoni.

    Rahane faced 112 balls and counted four fours and a six before falling to a brilliant diving catch in the deep by Devendra Bishoo off fast bowler Cummins in the 43rd over.

    But Dhoni belted four fours and two sixes off 79 balls and Jadhav struck four fours and a six in his 26-ball cameo, as they put on 81 in an unbroken fifth wicket stand that saw exactly 100 runs gush from the last 10 overs.

    INDIA

    A Rahane c Bishoo b Cummins 72

    S Dhawan c Chase b Cummins 2

    *V Kohli c K Hope b Holder 11

    Yuvraj Singh lbw b Bishoo 39

    +MS Dhoni not out 78

    K Jadhav not out 40

    Extras (lb1, w8) 9

    TOTAL (4 wkts, 50 overs) 251

    Did not bat: H Pandya, R Ashwin, K Yadav, B Kumar, U Yadav

    Fall of wickets: 1-11 (Dhawan, 2.4 overs), 2-34 (Kohli, 9.3), 3-100 (Yuvraj Singh, 26.2), 4-170 (Rahane, 42.2)

    Bowling: Cummins 10-0-56-2 (w2), Holder 10-1-53-1 (w2), Williams 10-0-69-0 (w1), Nurse 10-0-34-0 (w1), Bishoo 10-0-38-1 (w2)

    WEST INDIES

    E Lewis b Yadav 2

    K Hope c Jadhav b Pandya 19

    +S Hope c & b Pandya 24

    R Chase b Kuldeep Yadav 2

    J Mohammed lbw b Kuldeep Yadav 40

    *J Holder st Dhoni b Ashwin 6

    R Powell c Pandya b Kuldeep Yadav 30

    A Nurse c Yadav b Ashwin 6

    D Bishoo  not out 4

    M Cummins lbw b Ashwin 1

    K Williams b Jadhav 1

    Extras (lb6, w17) 23

    TOTAL (all out; 38.1 overs)  158

    Fall of wickets: 1-9 (Lewis, 1.2 overs), 2-54 (K Hope, 12.4), 3-58 (Chase, 13.4), 4-69 (S Hope, 16.4), 5-87 (Holder, 19.3), 6-141 (Powell, 32.4), 7-148 (Nurse, 34), 8-156 (Mohammed, 36.5), 9-157 (Cummins, 37.3), 10-158 (Williams, 38.1)

    Bowling: Kumar 5-0-19-0, Umesh Yadav 7-0-32-1 (w5), Pandya 6-0-32-2 (w3), Kuldeep Yadav 10-1-41-3, Ashwin 10-1-28-3 (w3), Jadhav 0.1-0-0-1.

    Result: India won by 93 runs.

    Series: India lead five-match series 2-0.

    Man-of-the-Match: MS Dhoni.

    Toss: West Indies.

    Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena, Nigel Duguid; TV – Chris Gaffaney.

  • PREVIEW: Windies search for breakthrough win

    ST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – Struggling West Indies face powerhouses India in the pivotal third One-Day International here Friday, desperately needing a victory to halt the rot and make an actual contest of the five-match series.

    They enter the first game of the doubleheader at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium 1-0 down following their 105-run defeat in the second ODI in Trinidad last Sunday, and another defeat here will allow India to put one hand on the series trophy.

    That defeat at Queen’s Park Oval – after the first game was rained out – highlighted perfectly the gulf between the two teams. In a game reduced to 43 overs per side because of rain, India piled up 310 and West Indies stuttered and stumbled their way to 205 for six in reply.

    With much left in the series to play for, however, captain Jason Holder urged improvement especially from his bowlers.

    “We’re only 1-0 down after the first game was rain-interrupted. It’s just obviously a situation where we need to tighten up a bit more on our bowling,” the 25-year-old all-rounder said.

    “Obviously chasing 300-odd in 43 overs is a tough ask. You need to be getting off to a much better start than we did in the last game. We were never able to get off to the good start we were looking for and hence we kept losing wickets in the middle and never got the momentum going into trying to chase 300-odd.”

    In an attempt to turn around their fortunes, West Indies have made two changes to their 13-man squad from the Trinidad doubleheader, calling up the uncapped pair of Kyle Hope and Sunil Ambris at the expense of the out-of-form duo of Kieran Powell and Jonathan Carter.

    Opener Hope, the 28-year-old brother of Windies star Shai Hope, could make his debut in Powell’s absence and Holder he would be an asset to the side.

    “He brings youthful exuberarance, he’s an energetic fielder and obviously a very good player,” Holder pointed out.

    “He’s done well for us in domestic cricket for a number of years, he’s playing a lot of cricket in Trinidad being a part of that franchise. I played a lot of youth cricket with him …. and he’s always been a phenomenonal scorer.”

    Ambris, too, has scored heavily in both the first class and one-day competition this year, making it hard for selectors to ignore him.

    Nevertheless, they join batting line-up that struggled in the three-match Afghanistan series earlier this month and which need a significant boost in order to start producing in the series.

    Jason Mohammed, the Windies’ most consistent batsman this year, has had lean returns of recent with just nine runs in his three outings and Evin Lewis has gotten starts but still not passed 33.

    With every defeat, West Indies’ chances of an automatic qualfiication for the 2019 World Cup diminish even further, as they need to be in the top eight in the ICC rankings by September 30.

    They are currently ranked number nine after winning just three of their last 16 ODIs, and a series loss will just about write off their chances of an automatic berth.

    SQUADS:

    WEST INDIES – Jason Holder (captain), Devendra Bishoo, Sunil Ambris, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Kyle Hope, Rovman Powell, Kesrick Williams.

    INDIA – Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Umesh Yadav.

  • Self-belief, runs key to Windies revival: Mohammed

    TAUNTON, England, CMC – Veteran off-spinner Anisa Mohammed on Thursday urged her teammates to relax, rekindle their self-belief and simply express themselves, as the Caribbean side continued to desperately search for solutions to end their demoralising losing streak.

    Speaking in the wake of their latest defeat at the ongoing ICC Women’s World Cup – a seven-wicket loss to India Women at County Ground here – Mohammed said while the side comprised of world class players, self-confidence was currently lacking.

    “We just need to relax and keep believing in ourselves. We need to find a way somehow to relax and recuperate, and keep believing that we are great players,” said the 28-year-old who has played in 103 ODIs.

    “I keep saying to the team: people say we are a great T20 team but this is the same team that helped us qualify automatically for this World Cup so we can win 50-over games as well.

    “We just need to keep believing in ourselves and go back to what worked for us in the past three, four years and come out in this World Cup. It’s time we pull everything together.”

    West Indies are winless since arriving in England a month ago with losses to England Women, Southern Vipers and India Women in unofficial warm-up matches, and further defeats to Pakistan Women and South Africa Women in official warm-ups last week.

    Last Monday, they were steamrolled by reigning champions Australia in their opening match of the tournament before going under to India Women on Thursday.

    Arguing that the side was a quality One-Day International unit, the Trinidadian Mohammed said the batsmen needed to up their game if the Windies were to improve their form.

    “I think we need to rotate the strike a bit more in the middle,” she contended.

    “I think we fell short by about 80, 90 runs but I thought that the opener (Smriti Mandhana) played really well. But we need to score some more runs if we want to win games in this tournament.

    “We have some of the greatest players in the world. I think players just need to believe in themselves and believe they can do out and do the job, and just go out and express themselves. As West Indians, we love to express ourselves and we just need to go out there and express ourselves.”

    Sent in, the West Indies batting collapsed yet again as they struggled to gather a modest 183 for eight off their 50 overs.

    In reply, India were reduced to 33 for two at one stage but recovered to easily reached their target thanks to Mandhana’s unbeaten 106.

    Mohammed said the Windies batsmen were good enough that once they got in, they could post big totals.

    “We still believed we could still score over 250 plus. As you can see from today, we have batters all the way down so it’s just a matter of players getting in and staying in and valuing their wickets,” she stressed.

    “It was important for us to get early wickets but defending 186 on a pitch like this we needed a lot more wickets. Unfortunately, the bowlers couldn’t pull it off today.”

  • Windies Women misery increases with India defeat


    TAUNTON, England, CMC – West Indies Women’s misery at the ICC Women’s World Cup continued unabated when they tumbled to a seven-wicket defeat to India Women in their second match here Thursday.

    Once again, the Caribbean side struggled with both bat and ball to slump to second loss in four days and extend their losing streak on tour to seven straight including warm-up matches, leaving their campaign at the crossroads.

    Sent in at County Ground, the Windies rallied to 183 for eight off their 50 overs with Hayley Matthews top-scoring with 43, Afy Fletcher hitting an invaluable unbeaten 36 and Shanel Daley, 33.

    At one stage, they were slumping at 121 for seven in the 40th before Fletcher at number nine provided late resistance with bold striking.

    India’s slow bowlers turned the screws on West Indies with off-spinners Deepti Sharma (2-27) and Harmanpreet Kaur (2-42), along with leg-spinner Poonam Yadav (2-19) all finishing with two wickets each.

    In reply, India stormed to their target courtesy of a superb unbeaten hundred from left-handed opener Smriti Mandhana who ended on 106 not out, while captain Mitahli Raj chipped in with 46.

    The Windies struck with the fifth ball of the innings when fast bowler Shamilia Connell had Punam Raut caught at the wicket of a top edge without a run on the board.

    And when off-spinner Stafanie Taylor bowled Sharma for six at 33 for two in the eighth, the game became wide open as a contest.

    But 20-year-old Mandhana carved out her second one-day hundred, hitting 13 fours and two sixes in a 108-ball knock, as she put on a match-winning 103 for the third wicket with Raj whose innings came from 88 deliveries and included three fours.

    When Raj mis-hit a full toss from off-spinner Matthews to Fletcher at mid-off in the 34th over, Mandhana combined with Mona Meshram (18 not out) in an unbroken 45-run, fourth wicket stand which saw India to their second straight win.

    They lie second on four points in the eight-team standings behind defending champions Australia Women who are also on four points, with West Indies languishing sixth without a point – along with Sri Lanka Women and Pakistan Women.

    Hoping to turn the page on a tame batting effort in their opener against Australia last Monday, the Windies managed only more of the same.

    Rookie Felicia Walters scratched around 27 balls for her nine before nicking a swish at a wide delivery from left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht and going caught behind at 29 for one in the seventh over.

    Matthews, who looked in fine touch, then dominated a 40-run second wicket stand with captain Taylor who made 16, as West Indies eased to 69 without further loss.

    The right-handed Matthews struck seven delightful boundaries on both sides of the wicket in an attractive 57-ball innings before perishing in the 19th over to a tame return catch off Sharma.

    With her gone, West Indies lost their way as five wickets crashed for just 22 runs. Taylor and Deandra Dottin (7), both appearing in their landmark 100th ODI, never looked the part and each soaked up a plethora of deliveries without hitting a single boundary.

    Taylor faced 42 balls before going run out by Mandhana’s direct hit at the non-striker’s end in the 21st at 70 for three and Dottin laboured for 48 deliveries before picking out long-on with Yadav in the 34th over, with her first shot in anger at 91 for five.

    In between, Merissa Aguilleira missed a charge at Yadav and was smartly stumped for six at 80 for four in the 28th over.

    When Kaur removed both Kyshona Knight (5) and Chedean Nation (12), the Windies were in strife at 121 for seven but Daley and then Fletcher arrived to rescue the innings.

    The left-handed Daley struck five fours off 37 balls while the brave Fletcher faced just 23 deliveries and cracked five fours – three of which came in the final over off Kaur which leaked 18 runs.

    West Indies have little time to turn their form around as they take on South Africa in Leicester on Sunday.

    WEST INDIES WOMEN

    H Matthews c & b Sharma 43

    F Walters c wkp Verma b Bisht 9

    *S Taylor run out 16

    D Dottin c Raut b Poonam Yadav 7

    +M Aguilleira st Verma b Poonam Yadav 6

    Kyshona Knight c Mandhana b Kaur 5

    C Nation st Verma b Kaur 12

    S Daley st Verma b Sharma 33

    A Fletcher not out 36

    A Mohammed not out 11

    Extras (b2, w3) 5

    TOTAL (8 wkts, 50 overs) 183

    Did not bat: S Connell

    Fall of wickets: 1-29 (Walters, 6.1 overs), 2-69 (Matthews, 19), 3-70 (Taylor, 20.1), 4-80 (Aguilleira, 27.3), 5-91 (Dottin, 33.3), 6-91 (Kyshona A Knight, 34.2), 7-121 (Nation, 40), 8-146 (Daley, 45.1)

    Bowling: Goswami 6-0-37-0, Pandey 3-0-13-0, Bisht 10-2-23-1, Sharma 10-1-27-2, Meshram 4-0-20-0 (w2), Yadav 10-2-19-2 (w1), Kaur 7-0-42-2.

    INDIA WOMEN

    P Raut c wkp Aguilleira b Connell 0

    S Mandhana not out 106

    D Sharma b Taylor 6

    *M Raj c Fletcher b Matthews 46

    M Meshram not out 18

    Extras (b3, w6, nb1) 10

    TOTAL (3 wkts, 42.3 overs) 186

    Did not bat: H Kaur, S Pandey, J Goswami, E Bisht, +S Verma, Poonam Yadav

    Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Raut, 0.5 overs), 2-33 (Sharma, 7.2), 3-141 (Raj, 33.2)

    Bowling: Connell 4-0-23-1 (w2), Dottin 4-0-25-0 (w1, nb1), Taylor 10-1-24-1 (w1), Daley 5-0-24-0 (w2), Mohammed 6-0-25-0, Fletcher 4-0-18-0, Nation 1-0-9-0, Matthews 8.3-0-35-1.

    Result: India Women won by seven wickets.

    Points: India Women 2, West Indies Women 0.

    Player-of-the-Match: Smriti Mandhana.

    Toss: India Women.

    Umpires: S George C Polosak.

  • I have come a long way, says Dottin as 100th ODI looms

    TAUNTON, England, CMC – All-rounder Deandra Dottin is set to join West Indies Women captain, Stafanie Taylor, in playing her 100th One-Day International, when the Caribbean side take on India Women in their second match of the Women’s World Cup on Thursday.

    The 26-year-old has been a linchpin in the Windies side ever since making her international debut nine years ago as a 17-year-old, ironically alongside Tayor.

    “I am feeling really great about that achievement. Having to be playing for the West Indies and playing so many matches,” the Barbadian said.

    “It all happened so fast and it all came so fast that I didn’t realise until the last training session we had yesterday (Tuesday).

    “It means a lot to me because I can actually tell the tale, share my experience with upcoming players [on] how it has been through my [career].”

    Dottin made an unbeaten 33 in her first game and has gone on to accumulate 2366 runs at an average of 27, with 17 half-centuries.

    She pointed to her career-best 95 against Pakistan Women six years ago in Bangladesh as the highlight of her career.

    Over the years, Dottin has added a new dimension to her game and is now an effective seamer with 50 wickets.

    Dottin said she had come a long way from when she had first started as a teenager playing on the streets of Barbados.

    “I’ve made a massive improvement [since I first started]. Where I was back then, I was just a normal, ordinary kid playing cricket and just doing what I came up doing as in playing cricket with my brothers,” she said.

    “After being trained and getting coaching I got more educated about it and it has me in a better place at the moment where I know I have improved a while lot.”

  • Drakes invokes T20 World Cup memories as motivation

    TAUNTON, England, CMC – With West Indies Women desperately needing a victory on Thursday against India Women to lift their confidence, head coach Vasbert Drakes wants the side to draw on their experience of winning last year’s Twenty20 World Cup.

    Even though acknowledging the difference in formats, Drakes said the Windies had shown qualities in the T20 World Cup which, if applied in the current showpiece, could bring about a change in results.

    “Obviously we can use that as a catalyst but at the end of the day, it’s a different format which is the 50-overs [but] we will just try to draw on some of the things we did really well leading into the competition, leading into the finals,” Drakes said in reference to the successful run in India.

    “It was quite a journey and the whole objective as a group is to try to grow as cricketers and try to grow as people from that experience.”

    He continued: “The challenge is now is to make sure we put some of that learning into practice. We hope by the end of this tournament we will see a change around in terms of our performances.

    “All we can do is ask and motivate and try to inspire them to play the cricket that we believe as coaches they are capable of playing.”

    West Indies lost their opening World Cup match on Monday to reigning champions Australia Women, to start the 50-overs tournament shakily.

    The defeat left the Caribbean side winless since arriving in England almost a month ago, as they also suffered losses to Pakistan and South Africa in official warm-up matches last week, and to England, India and Southern Vipers in unofficial practice games.

    Recalling how the Windies lost to the Aussies in the warm-up game prior to the T20 World Cup but then bounced back to beat them in the final, Drakes said the character shown then remained a source of motivation.

    “It was a phenomenal experience, playing cricket at the highest level to win a major competition like the T20, that is always something that will register in the back of your mind,” the former West Indies seamer pointed out.

    “Also, it highlights to the group of cricketers that they have the potential to play cricket, they have the potential to play cricket under pressure situations.”

    The Windies Women’s one-day form over the last year has been far from consistent, however, and they barely managed to secure automatic qualification for the current 50-over showpiece by finishing fourth in the ICC Women’s Championship.

    Drakes said the disparity in his side’s T20 and ODI performances stemmed from lack of experience in the 50-overs format.

    “I think the [disconnect] is obviously awareness in the longer format and you can only get that awareness if you playing in the longer format and you’re doing that consistently,” he stressed.

  • PREVIEW: Windies seek critical win in skipper’s landmark ODI

    TAUNTON, England, CMC – West Indies Women are hoping to mark captain Stafanie Taylor’s 100th One-Day International with a win, when they take on India Women in a critical fixture in the ICC Women’s World Cup here Wednesday.

    The outstanding player is poised to reach the milestone once she suits up for the contest at County Ground but emphasised the importance of the outcome, as the Caribbean side go in search of their first win of the showpiece.

    “I didn’t actually remember until my media manager actually said it to me this morning that tomorrow would be [my] 100th ODI game,” Taylor told a media conference here Wednesday.

    “I’m pleased to be here and and to know that the 100th [ODI] is actually in a World Cup so hopefully in the end we come out victorious.”

    She continued: “The fact is I wasn’t even thinking about it … it was far from my mind. Tomorrow is a big game. India would have had confidence coming into tomorrow’s game but the past is the past and tomorrow we just taking everything in stride.”

    Taylor’s career took flight nine years ago as a 17-year-old and she has since blossomed into the West Indies’ leading batsman and one of the world’s finest.

    She assumed leadership of the squad nearly two years ago and presided over their capture of the Twenty20 World Cup last year.

    However, her personal milestone coincides with a crisis of sorts in the squad as they find themselves in a losing slump and in need of a victory to revive confidence.

    Last Monday, they were dominated by reigning champions Australia in an eight-wicket defeat in what was their opening match of the World Cup.

    That came on the heels of losses in the two official warm-ups last week and three practice matches prior – including a hastily arranged fixture against India.

    Despite the disappointing performance against the Aussies, Taylor said her side had analysed their performance and backed themselves to give an improved showing.

    “We are confident. We’ve looked at the footage and seen where we went wrong, written down what we needed to write down, thrown it in the trash and [will be coming] out fresh for tomorrow’s game,” she pointed out.

    “Tomorrow is a crucial game and as a team, we know how crucial it is. We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves – not focussing on the end result and trying to focus on the process.”

    West Indies are one from bottom of the eight-team standings led by New Zealand Women on three points with England also on three points but second by virtue of an inferior net run rate.

    Taylor said her side were anxious to hit their winning stride and were happy their first game was now behind them.

    “I would rather lose a first game than at the back end where you know you need it the most,” she noted. “The last game was an example for us to move forward.”

    SQUADS:

    INDIA – Mithali Raj (captain), Ekta Bisht, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jhulan Goswami, Mansi Joshi, Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy, Smriti Mandhana, Mona Meshram, Nuzhat Parween, Shikha Pandey, Punam Raut, Deepti Sharma, Sushma Verma, Poonam Yadav.

    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.

  • Windies Squad for Seagrams Royal Stag Mega Cricket Cup | third, fourth and fifth ODIs Windies v India

    ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The Selection Panel of Cricket West Indies today named the Windies 13-man squad for third, fourth and fifth matches of the ODI Series against India.

    The selection panel named two newcomers. They are Kyle Hope, a 28–year-old top-order batsman and brother of Shai Hope; and Sunil Ambris, a 24-year-old wicket-keeper/batsman.

    The third and fourth matches will be played at Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground on Friday, June 30 and Sunday, June 2. First ball is 9 am (8 am Jamaica Time).

    The fifth match will be played at Sabina Park on Thursday, July 6. First ball is 9am (10am Eastern Caribbean Time).

    FULL SQUAD (with shirt numbers)

    1. Jason Holder (captain)
    2. Sunil Ambris
    3. Devendra Bishoo
    4. Roston Chase
    5. Miguel Cummins
    6. Kyle Hope
    7. Shai Hope
    8. Alzarri Joseph
    9. Evin Lewis
    10. Jason Mohammed
    11. Ashley Nurse
    12. Rovman Powell
    13. Kesrick Williams

    Quotes from Courtney Browne, CWI Chairman Of Selectors, on the two new players: Sunil Ambris and Kyle Hope are two very promising young batsmen who have been selected on the basis of strong performances in our competitions.

    Kyle opened on our last “A” Team One-Day tour to Sri Lanka and had some very good performances. In addition, he also had a good showing opening the batting for the Trinidad & Tobago Red Force franchise in this year’s PCL competition.

    Sunil did well in our Regional Super50 One-Day tournament and also had a good showing in this year’s PCL first-class tournament for Windward Islands Volcanoes and therefore will fit within our middle order. They will be up against a good Indian team and they have an opportunity to show their skills and contribute to a stronger team performance.

  • Windies Squad for Seagrams Royal Stag Mega Cricket Cup | third, fourth and fifth ODIs Windies v India

    ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The Selection Panel of Cricket West Indies today named the Windies 13-man squad for third, fourth and fifth matches of the ODI Series against India.

    The selection panel named two newcomers. They are Kyle Hope, a 28–year-old top-order batsman and brother of Shai Hope; and Sunil Ambris, a 24-year-old wicket-keeper/batsman.

    The third and fourth matches will be played at Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground on Friday, June 30 and Sunday, June 2. First ball is 9 am (8 am Jamaica Time).

    The fifth match will be played at Sabina Park on Thursday, July 6. First ball is 9am (10am Eastern Caribbean Time).

    FULL SQUAD (with shirt numbers)

    1. Jason Holder (captain)
    2. Sunil Ambris
    3. Devendra Bishoo
    4. Roston Chase
    5. Miguel Cummins
    6. Kyle Hope
    7. Shai Hope
    8. Alzarri Joseph
    9. Evin Lewis
    10. Jason Mohammed
    11. Ashley Nurse
    12. Kieran Powell
    13. Rovman Powell

    Quotes from Courtney Browne, CWI Chairman Of Selectors, on the two new players: Sunil Ambris and Kyle Hope are two very promising young batsmen who have been selected on the basis of strong performances in our competitions.

    Kyle opened on our last “A” Team One-Day tour to Sri Lanka and had some very good performances. In addition, he also had a good showing opening the batting for the Trinidad & Tobago Red Force franchise in this year’s PCL competition.

    Sunil did well in our Regional Super50 One-Day tournament and also had a good showing in this year’s PCL first-class tournament for Windward Islands Volcanoes and therefore will fit within our middle order. They will be up against a good Indian team and they have an opportunity to show their skills and contribute to a stronger team performance.