KINGSTON – Sherwin Campbell, the head coach of West Indies Women’s cricket team, has stated the Caribbean side will be ready for the home series against New Zealand.
Campbell made the statement following the poor batting display in a 50-over practice match against Jamaica’s Under-17 boys’ team at Up Park Camp today.
Electing to bat, the West Indies Women’s team were bowled out for 65 in 34 overs. However, they were asked to bat again to complete the full 50 overs and West Indies Women posted 107 by losing three addition wickets.
Anisa Mohammed scored most runs for the West Indies Women’s team with 23. Only two other players reached double figures – Deandra Dottin hit 15 and Stafanie Taylor made 12.
Campbell was very disappointed with how the players applied themselves but noted that they were playing a male team.
“The batters didn’t get too much out of the game, but I am sure they will get better,” said Campbell.
He noted that the players had two more days to improve on the weak areas before the Jamaica leg of the series began.
“Most of the players got themselves out, and it is something we have to talk about. There were too many soft dismissals and we would have to address that because players need to bat as long as possible in this format,” Campbell said.
Campbell further added that the New Zealand bowlers normally bowled well and the West Indies’ batters needed to go out and take on the task.”
When the Windies women bowled, left-arm spinner Shanel Daley 2 for 22, Mohammed 2 for 24 and Shakera Selman 2 for 27 took most wickets in the boys’ team total of 203 for 8 off 35.2 overs. The boys’ team was set a target of 200 runs off 50 overs.
The West Indies Women will face New Zealand in three One-Day International at Sabina Park on October 6, 8 and 10.
They then travel to Barbados to take on England and New Zealand in the tri-nation Twenty20 Series from Monday October 14 to Saturday October 26.
Looking ahead of the team’s first assignment, Campbell said: “New Zealand is a good team as they have been ranked in the top four in women’s cricket for the past five years.”(windiescricket)