GROS ISLET –– Fast bowler Shamilia Connell is elated over her inaugural One Day International (ODI) series win with the West Indies Women.
Connell, a right arm pacer, who debuted for the regional side in a losing series against Australia last November, grabbed three wickets to help propel Windies women to a six-wicket win over Pakistan Women in the final game of a four match One Day International series.
West Indies, under new captain Stafanie Taylor, secured the series 3-1 to join Australia at the top of the ICC Championship tables.
“It feels great because my first tour we lost probably all the games,” Connell said.
“So it feels good to be part of the winning side . . . I am now looking forward to the T20s.”
In the final game against Pakistan, Connell was the pick of the home team’s bowlers, taking 3 for 32 from her allotted ten overs, as the visitors were restricted to 182 for five from their allocation of 50 overs.
Despite being in the side for a year, the 23-year-old Barbadian cricketer said she entered the series with confidence and with support from teammates.
“Well I have been very confident coming into the series,” she explained.
“So with the help of my teammates I have been going through everything right. So I feel very good. I believe I have settled in very well. All of the teammates and everyone are encouraging me.”
West Indies Women are on a high entering the T20 series against Pakistan Women starting tomorrow in Grenada.
Opener Natasha McLean was added to the 14-member squad retained for the three-match series.