• Rain forces abandonment of Windies Women 4th T20I

    NEW PLYMOUTH, New Zealand- Continuous rainfall over a 24-hour period has forced Match Officials to call off the 4th T20 International on Thursday, March 22, between the WINDIES Women and New Zealand White Ferns, scheduled for Pukekura Park in New Plymouth. 

    An early morning inspection of the venue was done by Match Officials. Then at 1:00pm local time, the Captains and Coaches of both teams accompanied the Match Officials to the venue for a second inspection. It was then decided to call off the match as the rain was forecasted to continue falling thereby leaving no time to dry the playing surface before the stipulated cut-off time of 4:30pm local time. 

    WINDIES Women’s Captain Stafanie Taylor commented after, “It’s a bit disappointing having the match abandoned today because we felt like it would’ve been another close game and we were looking forward to getting that first win. But we’ll now switch our focus to the last match in Hamilton on Sunday and on finishing the tour on a winning note.”

    The White Ferns hold a 3-0 lead in the 5-match T20 International series.

  • CWI congratulates WINDIES Men for reaching ICC CWC 2019

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Cricket West Indies applauded the WINDIES Men’s team for securing a place in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 England & Wales.

    WINDIES Men qualified for the global showpiece with a five-run victory under the Duckworth/Lewis/Stern Method, after rain washed out the remainder of play with Scotland 125 for five from 35.2 overs, chasing 199 for victory, in the ICC World Cup Qualifier at the Harare Sports Club in Zimbabwe.

    “Qualification for the World Cup is great news for WINDIES Cricket, and on behalf of the Directors, Management and Staff of CWI, we want to applaud them for their efforts and thank our fans globally, who continue to stand by us,” said CWI President Whycliffe “Dave” Cameron.

    “We are grateful to every player that made the sacrifice and committed himself to this task of ensuring qualification under the leadership of Jason Holder, as well as the team management unit under Stuart Law, and their collective hard work over the last few weeks to ensure that this goal was achieved.

    “We look forward to their continued involvement, as we now set our sights on winning the World Cup.”

    Cameron said there was still some unfinished business in Zimbabwe and urged the team to win the Final of the qualification series on Sunday, as the first step to winning the World Cup.

    “Everything step we make from this point onwards must be to put the building blocks in place for us to be able to win the World Cup for a third time, next year,” said Cameron.

    “There would be no better place to win the World Cup than in England. We won the first two editions of the World Cup when they hosted it, and there is a strong and special connection in the game between there and the Caribbean.

    Cameron said there was a minimum of 20 One-day Internationals and another edition of the Super50 Cup, as well as other training and playing opportunities available to regional players to make a claim for a place in the World Cup squad.

    “Right now, I know there are a lot of WINDIES cricket fans in England and, indeed, the Caribbean keen on making plans to attend the World Cup matches and give the team their full support,” he said.

    “We want the players to use that knowledge and be inspired to perform to greater heights and use all of the opportunities provided to them over the next year to gear themselves towards a bigger and more rewarding prize – winning the World Cup.”

  • Gayle leads WINDIES celebrations after two-time former champions qualify for the World Cup

    Chris Gayle led the Windies’ celebrations after the two-time former world champions qualified for next year’s ICC Cricket World Cup, which will take place in England and Wales from 30 May to 14 July.

    The Windies defeated Scotland by five runs by the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern Method on Wednesday after the defending champions were 125 for five in 34.2 overs, while chasing 199 for victory, when rain prevented any further play in what was turning into a thrilling match.

    Asked if he thought he had achieved his mission of coming to Zimbabwe to help the Windies qualify for the World Cup, Gayle said: “Mission accomplished, definitely. It has been a long journey and the process we have gone through to qualify, we still have to give thanks even though it was a rain interrupted game today, but a win is a win.

    “I am so happy to have qualified for another World Cup., I just have to stay fit now and we have a young team, but it will be my last World Cup that is for sure, so I am looking forward to it.”

    Gayle said he had thoroughly enjoyed the tournament and was delighted to see the passion amongst the Zimbabwe fans.

    “It has been a great tournament, the support here in Zimbabwe is always fantastic. It has been quite a while since I have been here, the people have been fantastic. We have come and accomplished what we came for.”

    Talking about his hunger for more success, Gayle said: “The fans drive you, people always say Chris we want to see you back in Windies colours, want to see you play Test cricket in the whites again and I say one more time I will do it for you guys.

    “I will take on the journey and next year will play for them again and I look forward to it.

    “I need a couple (of) months to get properly fit and especially I love playing in England and Wales. Lots of the Windies fans over the world are sad that we are in this position, where we have to play the qualifiers. But, cricket is like life, you have ups and downs, and nothing is guaranteed in life.”

    The Windies coach, Stuart Law, said: “The journey we have been on for the last year, we have had some bad times, some reasonable times. We came here to qualify for the World Cup, and we have played some pretty good cricket along the way. Today, we were pushed by Scotland, credit to them, they fought hard.”

    Law praised his players for the way they fought in Wednesday’s match.

    “For Marlon Samuels to come in at two for two and put on 121 runs was crucial once again. It would have been nice if Samuels or Evin Lewis had gone further into the innings, but they absorbed pressure and managed to get enough on the board.

    “Credit to Scotland. They fought hard too, and we were lucky enough to pick up a couple of wickets. Nurse, Kemar Roach and Jason Holder bowled their hearts out. All round very happy with where we are.

    “We can now sit down and plan for the Cricket World Cup which is good. We can get this out of the way and go home and start thinking about what we are going to do and how we are going to play in English conditions.”

    The Windies captain Jason Holder said the people of the Caribbean should be proud of his side.

    “I don’t think it (the qualification) has sunk in yet. We have been through a lot. We were bruised, we have been hurt and we have copped a lot of criticism in the past couple of years. To come into this competition, where there was so much pressure and to produce the cricket we have to qualify for the World Cup is pleasing.

    “I have been very anxious, and nervous, it has been the general feeling around the whole team. One thing is that we came together for the whole tournament, that was the determining factor, we wanted the same result and we were fighting for the same cause.

    “It is a great achievement to qualify for the Cricket World Cup, I pride myself on leading from the front and all the other guys have backed me up. The people in the West Indies should be really proud of us to qualify for the World Cup. It is the first time we have played in the Cricket World Cup Qualifier. To handle ourselves the way we did was really pleasing, I am sure everyone back home is smiling.”

    The Windies fast bowler Kemar Roach said it was a tough game and now he was looking forward to his third World Cup. “It was a tough game, 198 wasn’t enough, so we had belief and wanted to make it as tough as possible for the Scottish to win the game, the weather was in our favour today and we are into the finals.

    “It is my job and role to get wickets up front and I think I did a pretty good job today, could have been a little better, getting the win for the Windies was the most important thing.

    “Definitely looking forward to the ICC Cricket World Cup it will be my third World Cup, if I am selected, it will be a great honour for me to play in that, and we will have to work hard to bring it home. The pressure we put the people under back home is tough, I want to say sorry, but that is the West Indies, that’s how we play, we keep people on the edge of their seats.”

    Evin Lewis, who added 121 runs for the third wicket with Marlon Samuels, said: “It is a great feeling to qualify for the Cricket World Cup. We had a lot of pressure on us and we need to enjoy the moment. It is unfortunate to win by Duckworth-Lewis-Stern, but it is cricket and that happens.

    “Looking forward to the Cricket World Cup, I have never been to one, and we will do our best and hopefully we can reach the final. It is a dream for all cricketers to be in a Cricket World Cup and it means a lot to me, as it is something special.”

  • Windies qualify for 2019 Cricket World Cup

    Windies qualified for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 after defeating defending champions Scotland by five runs on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern Method in a Super Six fixture of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 at the Harare Sports Club on Wednesday.

    Scotland, chasing 199 for a place in the World Cup, to be staged from 30 May to 14 July, were 125 for five in 35.2 overs when a heavy downpour prevented further play in the match. When play was called off, Scotland needed 74 runs in just over 14 overs.

    While the result ended Scotland’s hopes of featuring in their second successive World Cup and fourth overall since 1999, Afghanistan and Ireland are now back in contention if rain affects Thursday’s match between the United Arab Emirates and Zimbabwe. If there is no result, then net run-rate will determine the second qualifier behind the Windies.

    In the Super Six winner-takes-all match, the Windies, put in to bat, lost Chris Gayle on the very first ball of the match, his seventh career golden duck, and then saw Shai Hope return to the pavilion 12 balls later to slip to two for two.

    Evin Lewis (66, 87b, 7×4, 2×6) and Marlon Samuels (51, 98b, 4×4) revived the Windies’ innings by adding 121 runs for the third wicket in 168 balls. But, as the Windies looked set to post a decent score, Lewis departed and 12 runs later Samuels and Shimron Hetmyer also returned to the hut.

    The Windies innings was wrapped up for 198 in 48.4 overs, with the last eight wickets falling for just 75 runs in close to 18 overs.

    Scotland bowlers maintained a very discipline line and length as is evident from the fact that they delivered 174 dot balls and conceded just 12 fours and three sixes. The most impressive of the lot was 26-year-old Safyaan Sharif who picked up the prized scalps of Gayle, Hope and Rovman Powell conceding 27 runs.

    Brad Wheal also rose to the occasion and bowled his heart out, to be rewarded with figures of three for 34, while off-spinner Michael Leask snapped up the wickets of Samuels and Hetmyer off successive deliveries to finish with two for 36.

    The Windies needed quick wickets to not only qualify for the World Cup but also end Scotland’s dreams of featuring in the ICC’s pinnacle 50-over event for the second successive time and fourth since 1999.

    And Kemar Roach obliged Jason Holder by accounting for the in-form Kyle Coetzer and Michael Jones, while the captain dismissed Matthew Cross as Scotland slipped to 25 for three.

    The Windies, sniffing a win, continued to apply pressure and were eventually rewarded at the score of 67 in the third over when Ashley Nurse brilliantly caught Calum MacLeod (21) off his own bowling to end the 42-run resistance and then dismissed Berrington (33) was adjudged leg before as Scotland slipped to 105 for five.

    George Munsey lived dangerously for his 32 not out and kept Scotland in the hunt for a place in the World Cup as they reached 125 for five, before Mother Nature smiled on the two-time former world champions as rain came down in force to end any chances of resumption.

    The victory by five runs meant the Windies finished the Super Six with maximum eight points and not only qualified for the World Cup but also qualified for the 25 March final where they will meet the other qualifier.

    For Scotland, it was a sad end to their World Cup aspirations despite being one of the most consistent sides in the tournament. They beat Afghanistan by seven wickets, Nepal by four wickets, tied with Zimbabwe and defeated the UAE by 73 runs, before losing a tight match to traditional rivals Ireland by 25 runs and by five runs to the Windies.

    Scores in brief

    Windies beat Scotland by five runs (Duckworth-Lewis-Stern Method), Harare Sports Club

    Windies 198 all out, 48.4 overs (Evin Lewis 66, Marlon Samuels 51, Carlos Brathwaite 24; Safyaan Sharif 3-27, Brad Wheal 3-34, Michael Leask 2-36)

    Scotland 125-5, 35.2 overs (Richie Berrington 33, George Munsey 32 not out, Calum MacLeod 21; Kemar Roach 2-20, Ashley Nurse 2-35)

  • Windies Women edged in thriller against White Ferns

    NEW PLYMOUTH, New Zealand- The WINDIES Women played the most clinical and thrilling match of their 7-week tour of New Zealand but still lost by 1 run in a final over thriller at Pukekura Park in New Plymouth.

    Winning the toss for the fifth time out of six, Captain Stafanie Taylor once again elected to bowl first on one of the smallest but most picturesque grounds the team has visited.

    New Zealand’s opening pair of Captain Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine went after the WINDIES Women’s seamers. Shamilia Connell and medium-pacer Deandra Dottin were initially the most expensive, while Tremayne Smartt kept her line and length.

    Skipper Taylor then unleashed Hayley Matthews into the bowling attack and she delivered almost immediately, bowling Sophie Devine for 41, which included 3 fours and 3 sixes.

    The in-form Katey Martin joined her captain and they tried to build a partnership, but Matthews once again had the breakthrough. Matthews rattled the stumps of Martin for 7.

    The WINDIES Women’s fielding during this match was the most concise and animated in the 6 games played during the tour.

    Afy Fletcher had a slight twist of her ankle while running to save a boundary and had to be substituted by Reniece Boyce. Fletcher is doing well and is being monitored by the physiotherapist on tour.

    Stafanie Taylor bowled three of the most economical overs in the T20 series, amassing just 8 runs from them. Helping her team to keep the White Ferns scoring well below the projected target they started with.

    Deandra Dottin returned to the attack and backed up her Captain’s superb bowling with some of her own. She bowled Maddy Green for 15 and the White Ferns were 85/3 in 12.5 overs.

    Akira Peters also had a good contribution with the ball, bowling three overs for 22 to help fill the gap of Afy Fletcher’s leg-spin.

    Hayley Matthews was reintroduced and once again did the job asked of her. She had the dangerous Amy Satterthwaite caught and bowled for 10 in the 18th over, with New Zealand on 115/4.

    Deandra Dottin ran-out Anna Peterson for 1 then bowled Natalie Dodd for 1. Leigh Kasperek was run out for 3 by a throw-in from Akira Peters which Hayley Matthews completed.

    New Zealand White Ferns restricted to 134/7 from their 20 overs. Suzie Bates top-scored with 52 not out.

    Hayley Matthews was the pick of the WINDIES Women’s bowlers, taking 3/24, while Deandra Dottin had 2/23.

    The WINDIES Women signaled their intent to charge after the target by changing the opening pair. Captain Stafanie Taylor joined Hayley Matthews and the pair went aggressively at the White Ferns bowling.

    Scoring at almost a-run-a-ball, the pair looked set in getting the target with ease. They took the quick singles and dispatched the bad deliveries to the boundary.

    Taylor, played a beautiful flick off her legs for one of her 2 fours. Then Leigh Kasperek trapped her LBW with a delivery that could have been heading down the legside.

    Chedean Nation returning from a slight injury looked set to partner with Matthews to get the run-chase back on track. However, it was Kasperek who struck another blow when Nation fell over trying a sweep shot and was given out for an outside edge which Martin caught.

    Deandra Dottin and Merissa Aguilleira looked set together. Dottin was the aggressor of the pair, stroking sweetly timed shots through mid-wicket and dissecting the outfield. She struck 4 fours on her way to a blistering 24 from 17 deliveries before Kasperek got her to edge behind of the faintest of touches.

    Aguilleira was joined by Kycia Knight and the pair rotated the strike much to the pleasure of the WINDIES Women coaching staff and team. They took the odd chances to go after the boundaries.

    The White Ferns were realizing this partnership was taking the game away from them when they hit the 50-run partnership. Suzie Bates then took the gamble to change the field placements and death-bowlers.

    Needing 5 runs from the last over, Bates brought back spinner Anna Peterson to stem the flow of runs from the seamers.

    First ball and Kycia slashed looking for a boundary and was caught by Sophie Devine for 26. In came Britney Cooper who was in a similar position to the victorious 2016 T20 World Cup final.

    Nerves got the better of Cooper who had just scored 2 runs, when she charged down the wicket trying to heave a shot to long-on but was stumped by Martin.

    Akira Peters then sacrificed her wicket going for a single to get Merissa Aguilleira back on strike.

    Needing 3 runs to win from the last ball, Aguilleira could only manage a single, thereby handing the White Ferns victory by 1 run and the T20 series 3-0.

    Speaking after the game, WINDIES Women’s Head Coach Henderson Springer expressed his disappointment in the result, “We played some very disappointing cricket in the second half of the match. Kudos to the bowlers who restricted New Zealand exceptionally well. Unfortunately, the batting couldn’t work right down to the end as we would have liked to get a win. We got ourselves in a good position, a position we wanted to be in but couldn’t finish it.”

    Hayley Matthews was Player of the Match.

  • CWI forms new Technical Committee

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Following the eligibility amnesty announced last year, Cricket West Indies has now established a Technical Committee to advise its Selection Panel on the issue of players’ eligibility for selection.

    Under the Terms of Reference, the Committee will also be responsible for reviewing and deciding upon requests for No Objection Certificates (NOCs), for reviewing the system used to determine WINDIES Men’s contract grades, as well as establishing a grading system for the award of retainer contracts for the WINDIES Women’s players.

    The six-member committee will comprise the CWI Vice President (Chairman), Chairman of the Cricket Committee, Director of Cricket, the Chairman of Selectors, WINDIES Men’s Head Coach, WINDIES Women’s Head Coach and a nominee of the West Indies Players’ Association.

    “The committee will serve as an important resource to the CWI Cricket Committee on specific cricket matters,” said CWI Director of Cricket Jimmy Adams.

    At the last CWI Board meeting two Saturdays ago in Barbados, CWI’s Board of Directors approved a new policy that any player withdrawing from selected squads on two consecutive occasions will now have to write to the Chairman of Selectors to confirm that they wish to be considered for future selection.

    “We have had a number of withdrawals in recent times and it has severely impacted on the Selection Panel’s ability to choose a settled squad for international matches,” said Adams.

    “Going forward, this is one of the areas that the Technical Committee will have to adjudicate upon to bring more balance to the situation.

    “The Directors’ decision to form a Technical Committee will allow for a more robust and efficient process to decide on player eligibility, player contract gradings and the awarding of NOCs.”

  • Regional Under-15 Tournament a platform for future stars says Adams

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Identification of the future stars of WINDIES cricket begins on March 28 in Jamaica.

    That’s when the best of the region’s junior players come together to battle it out in the Regional Under-15 Tournament.

    It’s an action-packed week of junior matches, where the talent spotters of Cricket West Indies dare to look into the crystal ball and identify the depth and strength of playing talent coming through the pipeline.

    “This is one of the key development tournaments on the Cricket West Indies annual calendar,” said CWI Director of Cricket Jimmy Adams.

    “This tournament serves the purpose of encouraging junior players from across the Caribbean to excel and be given the opportunity for early recognition, while promoting competition among their peers at the regional level.”

    Adams added: “In our bid to make WINDIES a consistently successful side in the near and long-term future, it is important that we pay close attention to our development pipeline and make sure it is working effectively.

    “Having regional matches for players in this age group is extremely valuable in helping us understand what’s in the pipeline, so we know where to focus our attention.”

    Defending champions Barbados are expected to face a rigourous challenge, when they open the tournament against perennial regional sports rivals Trinidad & Tobago at the famous Melbourne Oval, the home ground of legendary WINDIES fast bowlers, Michael Holding and Courtney Walsh.

    The Barbadians captured the title last year on home soil, following victories over Windwards, Leewards, Jamaica and T&T, and a no-result against Guyana.

    In other first round matches: Hosts Jamaica face Leeward Islands at Up Park Camp on the Jamaica Defence Force army base, and Guyana face Windward Islands at the Kensington Cricket Ground, the home club of CWI President Dave Cameron.

    “Jamaica is a great place to play the game, so it’s also an opportunity for the players to become acquainted with another culture and gain a greater appreciation for the region in which they live – that is also part of the learning experience of playing in a tournament like this,” he said.

    “We also hope that experiencing the passion that people from outside of their own territory have for the game will also help to inspire them to continue along the development pipeline and one day wear the WINDIES burgundy, so we look forward to seeing loads of talented players being unearthed at this year’s tournament.”

    Adams said the Tournament was shifted back to the Easter weekend this year in order to reduce the cluster of junior competitions held in the summer, allowing for CWI to provide more focus on this important age group.

    “It also better aligns with our annual Under-15 Tour of the United Kingdom in August, by allowing the selectors to choose from a more recent group that are of similar age to their counterparts in the UK,” he said.

    The Regional Under-15 Tournament – in its 23rd year – will be contested under a round-robin format, featuring five rounds of matches with the team accumulating the most points being declared champions.


    (All matches start at 9:30 am local time–East Caribbean add 1 hour)

    Round 1 – Wednesday, March 28

    Barbados vs Trinidad & Tobago – Melbourne Oval

    Guyana vs Windward Islands – Up Park Camp

    Leeward Islands vs Jamaica – Kensington Cricket Ground

    Round 2 – Thursday, March 29

    Windward Islands vs Barbados – Chedwin Park

    Trinidad & Tobago vs Jamaica – Kensington Cricket Ground

    Leeward Islands vs Guyana – Melbourne Oval

    Round 3 – Saturday, March 31

    Barbados vs Jamaica – Chedwin Park

    Windward Islands vs Leeward Islands – Jamalco Cricket Ground

    Trinidad & Tobago vs Guyana – Windalco Cricket Ground

    Round 4 – Monday, April 2

    Leeward Islands vs Barbados – Windalco Cricket Ground

    Guyana vs Jamaica – Jamalco Cricket Ground

    Trinidad & Tobago vs Windward Islands – Chedwin Park

    Round 5 – Wednesday, April 4

    Guyana vs Barbados – Up Park Camp

    Trinidad & Tobago vs Leeward Islands – Kensington Cricket Ground

    Jamaica vs Windward Islands – Melbourne Oval

  • Twenty-five new Level 3 coaches certified

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Cricket West Indies (CWI) has continued its efforts to strengthen coaching and ultimately improve the quality of regional squads and players in the region.CWI and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have collaborated on another Level 3 certification course resulting in a further 25 coaches in the region attaining the Level 3 standard.

    Director of Cricket, Jimmy Adams, says “The Level 3 course is an important part of the current CWI Coaching pathway which starts from the Foundation course and incorporates Levels 1 and 2 and now includes Level 3. We are keen on ensuring all our franchises have the benefit of coaches prepared at the elite level.” The course is an 8-day tutored course which focuses on preparing coaches to work with elite players and teams.

    Adams declared that “with the Level 3 certification, coaches are better equipped to lead their national teams and the training and experience should provide the tools necessary for more one on one coaching, while allowing them to better prepare elite players.”

    Adams also noted that “producing world class players and winning teams is our #1 objective within CWI’s new five-year strategic plan.There is a proven direct correlation between high level coaching standards and good players and ultimately, winning teams,” emphasized Adams. “And by collaborating with the ECB, this is a great demonstration of how partnerships can help CWI pool resources to increase investment in our great game.”

    This latest batch of participants includes former great West Indian fast bowler, Sir Curtly Ambrose andformer Test players, Reon King, Pedro Collins, Stuart Williams, Ryan Hinds among a list of 25 newly certified Level 3 coaches from across the region as well as the USA and Canada.

    Ambrose, who was delighted at the opportunity to upgrade his technical knowledge, wants to “use this newly-acquired skill as soon as I am able to and I am looking forward to contributing more, soon.”

    Jamaica Scorpions’ Assistant Coach, Andrew Richardson was also successful in this module and his “it was an opportunity I have always wanted. I am hoping this will benefit the players I work with at all levels to be able to produce the best players for West Indies cricket.” Richardson currently coaches at the high school, regional and first-class levels. He is the manager of the Jamaica Tallawahs.

    Canadian National Coach, Zubin Surkari, who was the assistant coach for his team at the recently-concluded U19 World Cup, says, “the course was very beneficial, and it will assist me greatly in working with players in a high-performance program and with senior players.”

    Tim Dellor led a team of instructors from the ECB while West Indians Tony Gray, Jeffrey Dujon, Hendy Springer and Gus Logie assisted in the delivery of specialist modules. The course was delivered in Antigua last November while final assessments were done in Barbados and Grenada in mid-February.

    The full list of Level 3 certified coaches:

    Vinood Maharaj

    Terrance Corke

    Brendon Ramjal

    Robert Turner

    Brian Browne

    Zubin Surkari

    Stuart Williams


    Raphael Croney

    David Bernard

    Keith Charlery

    Andrew Richardson

    Cleton Burnett

    Curtly Ambrose

    Calvin Waldron

    Ryan Hinds

    Clay Smith

    Pedro Collins

    Reon King

    Ricky Clarke

    Winston Smith

    Dave Marshall

    Bharat Mangru

    Errol Barrow

    Richard Clarke

    Since 2016, CWI, through partnership with the ECB, has now produced a total of 46 coaches with Level 3 certification.


    CWI also confirmed that in partnership with UWI, the course content for a new CWI Level 2 coaching course is close to be finalized. 

    Jimmy Adams stated, “Our partnership with UWI is another top priority of our new strategic plan and will mean that by this summer all Foundation, Level I & II courses can be held in the region run by CWI coaches and approved by UWI.”  Adams confirmed that once the level 2 course is established, CWI and UWI plan to develop course content for a Level 3 that will mean that all coaching courses in the region can be held and certified within the Caribbean.

    Adams also said, “We are very grateful to the continued support we have received from the ECB Coach Education department, but it is long overdue that we have the skills, ability and resources to administer Coach Education in the region independently, so that we can dramatically increase the number of qualified coaches working in our system.”

  • Windies Women suffer heavy defeat in 2nd T20I

    Mt. Maunganui, New Zealand- Poor fielding and bowling costed the WINDIES Women the 2nd T20 International against New Zealand White Ferns by 106 runs, a far-cry from the close contest of the first match.

    Captain Stafanie Taylor won the toss and elected to bowl first in cool conditions as it gets progressively colder during the night in Tauranga.

    Hayley Matthews dropped Sophie Devine the very first ball of the match. However, White Ferns Captain Suzie Bates was the first to go for 14 when Connell lit up her bails. New Zealand 33/1.

    Devine was then joined by player of the match from the first game Katey Martin, with Martin accelerating almost immediately.

    Akira Peters bowled a brilliant over, scalping the wicket of Devine and giving away only 2 runs.

    Then came the partnership that set New Zealand for victory. Martin was joined by the in-form Amy Satterthwaite and the pair posted a New Zealand White Ferns T20 record of a 124-run partnership.

    The bowlers found it difficult as they strayed from their line and lengths, thereby giving the White Ferns batters width and time to play their shots.

    Deandra Dottin finally removed Martin for a well-played 65 off 42 balls, which included 11 fours.

    Satterthwaite remained not out on 71 which included 9 fours and 2 sixes, as New Zealand White Ferns posted a mammoth 186/3 from their 20 overs.

    Akira Peters was the best WINDIES Women bowler, taking 1/13 followed by Deandra Dottin with 1/34.

    The WINDIES Women’s innings never got off to a proper start as wickets fell early and consistently with an opening required run-rate of 9.3.

    Merissa Aguilleira and Hayley Matthews opened the batting again, but Matthews was not to have a repeat half-century performance as the first match.

    Anna Peterson had Matthews caught by a brilliant jumping catch from Amelia Kerr for 5. New Zealand were then ecstatic when they got the big wicket of in-form Skipper Stafanie Taylor for 1, her lowest score for the entire tour. She was caught in an almost exact manner as Matthews by the same fielder, Kerr.

    Deandra Dottin struck 2 huge sixes and together with Aguilleira, the two experienced batters looked set to rebuild the WINDIES Women’s innings.

    Sophie Devine then produced the over of the match, removing Dottin lbw for 13 and Reniece Boyce for 0 in a space of 2 deliveries.

    Aguilleira then fell for 16. Kyshonna Knight and Britney Cooper shared in a 15-run partnership, before Cooper skied one into the safe hands of Amy Satterthwaite in the deep.

    Knight played a hard-fought innings of 20 before she was bowled by Sophie Devine. The rest of the WINDIES Women innings folded easily, as the world T20 champions finished on 78/9 from their 20 overs.

    Sophie Devine ended with figures of 3/12 followed by Leigh Kasperek with 2/13. The White Ferns now take a 2-0 series lead. The tour moves to New Plymouth for two matches starting on Tuesday.

    WINDIES Women Head Coach Hendy Springer said “ I think somewhere along the line we lost the momentum and it was manifested in the fielding, we missed a lot of opportunities in the field.. We’ve got to be mindful not to lose the intensity as the series is still on… The team can’t be depending on the Captain nor Matthews nor Dottin all the time, some players have to take serious responsibility to get in good scores.”

    Amy Satterthwaite was Player of the Match.

  • Windies Women lose by 8 runs in first T20I

    Mt. Maunganui, New Zealand- WINDIES Women suffered a nail-biting 8-run loss to New Zealand White Ferns in the first T20 International at the Bay Oval in Mt. Maunganui.

    The defending World T20 Champions won the toss taken by Captain Stafanie Taylor and elected to bowl first. 

    The White Ferns capitalized on some wayward bowling by opening seamer Shamilia Connell. However, Connell had the last laugh as she had the ODI Player of the Series Sophie Devine caught by Akira Peters in the deep for 6.

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    Then came the partnership that built the White Ferns innings. Captain Suzie Bates and Katey Martin carted the WINDIES Women bowlers around the ground, while taking cheeky single and twos, to build a 76-run partnership.

    Leg-spinner Afy Fletcher spun her magic and removed Bates 1 run shy of a half-century. While Martin continued her scoring.

    Amy Satterthwaite then joined Martin and they took to the WINDIES Women bowlers once again. This pair shared 52 runs together before Deandra Dottin got Satterthwaite to sky one with keeper Merissa Aguilliera taking an easy catch.

    Martin departed shortly after for 54, when Anisa Mohammed had her caught in the deep by Kycia Knight.

    Dottin came back in the death overs to bowl a very economically and taking the wicket of Maddy Green for 12.

    The White Ferns posted 167/6 from their 20 overs. Deandra Dottin had the best bowling figures of 2/23, while Hayley Matthews had 1/27.

    The WINDIES Women had a switch in the opening order, with Merissa Aguilleira opening with Hayley Matthews, as Reniece Boyce was making her T20 International Debut.

    Matthews started aggressively against the New Zealand bowlers, swinging her arms freely and finding the boundaries, while Aguilleira found it difficult to get going.

    With the score on 42 and Aguilleira on 5, she was bowled by Sophie Devine.

    In-form Captain Stafanie Taylor came to the crease to join Matthews. The pair rotated the strike and blasted the White Ferns bowlers in a quick partnership of 18.

    Leigh Kasperek got Matthews to chase after a delivery and was stumped for a well-played 53.

    Once again it was left to Taylor to rebuild the innings and get the team to the target. Hard-hitting Deandra Dottin came out to join her Captain and this pair looked likely to take the WINDIES Women to victory.

    That was short-lived, as Dottin once again found the fielder inside the circle and Devine latched onto the low catch, to send Dottin back for 10.

    Debutant Reniece Boyce rotated the strike with Taylor but she succumbed to Devine for 12.

    With wickets were constantly tumbling around her, Taylor carried on the mission of reaching the 168-run target.

    Kyshonna Knight looked like she would be with her Captain until the end. Together with Taylor the WINDIES Women’s required run-rate started lowering, as both players were going after their shots.

    Taylor smashed Hannah Rowe for 4 fours in a single over to edge the WINDIES Women closer to victory. Then Kyshonna fell to Kasperek for 19.

    Twin sister Kycia came next and tried playing an inexplicable reverse sweep only to be left short of her crease and was stumped for 0.

    Akira Peters was the new batter. Taylor tried valiantly to get the target, smashing 3 sixes and 3 fours, but the overs were not enough.

    Needing 14 runs from the last over, Peters was swinging but not connecting.

    Taylor eventually got on strike but could only manage to get 2-runs off the final ball. Stafanie Taylor finished the match on 51 not out from 31 deliveries.

    WINDIES Women reached 159/6 in 20 overs. Leigh Kasperek took 3/35 from her 4 overs, while Sophie Devine had 2/27 from 4 overs.

    Katey Martin was Player of the Match.