Rain intervenes to block West Indies Women’s route to series lead over South Africa

Fri, Jan 28, '22

by KRISSANIA YOUNG

Commentary

South Africa Women won the toss and elected to field in Johannesburg. No worries, West Indies Women finally returned to action. And the Caribbean side got off to a notoriously slow start, ambling to 10 without loss before Rashada Williams was trapped in front by Shabnim Ismail for 1 in the 5th over. Kycia Knight joined Deandra Dottin at the crease, but her stay was a short one as she edged behind for a 19-ball 1.

Having missed South Africa’s tour of the Caribbean last year, Stafanie Taylor strode confidently to the crease. And in the absence of demons in a wicket with bounce as trustworthy as a priest, the duo looked at ease as they registered a 33-run partnership. A partnership brought to a close when Dottin’s shot saw the ball striking Taylor on her arm forcing the Jamaican to retire hurt.

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WIPA, CWI to meet today to discuss burning players’ issues

Fri, Jan 28, '22

 

WICB

The West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA) and Cricket West Indies (CWI) top brass are expected to meet today at 8 a.m. Jamaica time to discuss issues relating to alleged victimisation and player relationships within the current senior men’s team.

The Zoom meeting is expected to be attended by WIPA president Wavell Hinds along with CWI new lead selector Desmond Haynes and CWI director of cricket, Jimmy Adams.

The Gleaner understands that both the coach and captain are expected to come under the microscope at the meeting, following the latest development regarding the treatment of all-rounder Odean Smith.

Read more at Jamaica Gleaner

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CWI statement on allegations against West Indies Team

Fri, Jan 28, '22

 

WICB

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Cricket West Indies (CWI) is aware that earlier today, voice notes were circulated on social media, and in sections of the regional broadcast media, suggesting that there is a rift within the West Indies Senior Men’s team. Contrary to the unsubstantiated statements, containing unfounded and mischievous allegations, CWI is satisfied that there is no discord between the Team Captain and any member of the West Indies team.

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Taylor calls for consistency as West Indies Women start ODI series

Thu, Jan 27, '22

 

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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – The West Indies Women will start their four-match One Day International (ODI) series against South Africa Women at the Imperial Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on Friday. Captain Stafanie Taylor has marshalled her troops to focus on two main areas, consistency and aggression, two elements she believes were missing the last time the teams met in September last year in Antigua.

The Proteas Women won the T20 International series 3-0 and the ODI series 4-1. This time around, Taylor is more confident the team can perform better in the “Bullring”. She said: “I’m pretty confident, I think for us it’s consistency… it’s something we’re trying to focus on. (As a team) we know we’re at a 230 score, so we’re trying to make sure we consistently hit that 230 mark and then more from there.”

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The Numbers: Hayley Matthews’ short but successful stint at number 5

Thu, Jan 27, '22

by KRISSANIA YOUNG

Commentary

Hayley Matthews had a stellar 2021. She went to The Hundred and was the best thing she could have been: herself. More significantly so, because the all-rounder had not been her batting self in quite some time; having a lean period aggravated by injuries that stretched from 2019 into 2020.

Such was Matthews’ form or lack thereof, that she was given a very short stint—under, then-interim Head Coach, Gus Logie—down the order, in an attempt to shake her out of her slump. Matthews batted at number 4 in two T20Is against England in 2020.

Hayley Matthews on batting down the order: “I found it quite different; but at the same time, quite comfortable.”

Still, when Courtney Walsh was brought in to replace Logie, on a permanent basis, back up the order went the right-hander. And despite recording her first ODI ton in almost three years, her lack of form would persist.

Read more at MostlyCricket

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