Selectors double down on injured Taylor

Sun, Feb 5, '23

 

Media Watch

WEST INDIES women’s selectors are doubling down on their choice to have the injured Stafanie Taylor as part of the West Indies Women’s T20 World Cup team set to bow into action in another week.

Despite being injured since October 2022, lead selector of the team Ann Browne-John believes that the former captain will be ready ahead of the tournament.

“We are aware that Stafanie has been out injured for quite some time, since October, but she has been progressing and we have been working with her back-to-play routine. She’s almost there. We are now awaiting the final assessment from the medical team to give her clearance, but we are all positive,” said Browne-John.

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Nandu scores 126 on debut to put Harpy Eagles in good position against Pride

Fri, Feb 3, '23

 

Regional 4 Day

Former West Indies Under-19 opener Matthew Nandu struck 126 on debut as the Guyana Harpy Eagles ended day two of their West Indies Championship match against the Barbados Pride at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in a strong position.

The Harpy Eagles started day two on 205-5 with Nandu (70) and Kevin Sinclair (28) at the crease.

The pair added 25 runs to the overnight score before Sinclair was dismissed for 43 in the 85th over, bringing Vice-Captain Veerasammy Permaul to the crease to join Nandu.

The pair continued to fight off the Barbados bowling, reaching 273-6 in the 102nd over when Nandu, who represented the West Indies at the 2022 ICC Under-19 World Cup in the West Indies, brought up his maiden first-class 100 off 295 balls.

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West Indies name squad for ICC Women’s T20 World Cup

Thu, Feb 2, '23

 

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The Cricket West Indies (CWI) selection panel today announced a 15-member West Indies Women squad for the upcoming ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in South Africa starting on 11 February. The squad sees the inclusion of three West Indies Under 19 Rising Stars players who recently competed in the first ever ICC Women’s U19 World Cup: Zaida James, Trishan Holder and Djenaba Joseph. 

Shemaine Campbelle, the wicketkeeper/batter has been named as Vice-Captain. Experienced allrounder Stafanie Taylor has been named in the squad subject to a final fitness assessment.

Lead Selector Ann Browne-John said: “The selectors have opted for a blend of youth and experience for the upcoming T20 World Cup. Four senior players who have been out through injury have returned – Stafanie Taylor, Shakera Selman, Chinelle Henry and Chedean Nation. We continue the developmental pathway to grow women’s cricket in the region, hence we feel the time is right to include three of the Under 19 Rising Stars in the squad.”

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Tevyn Walcott scores 87* as honors even between Volcanoes and Red Force after opening day of 2023 West Indies Championship

Wed, Feb 1, '23

 

Regional 4 Day

Tevyn Walcott scored an unbeaten 87 while Bryan Charles and Terrance Hinds took four wickets each as the Windward Islands Volcanoes and the Trinidad & Tobago Red Force played out an even first day of the opening CWI 2023 West Indies Championship fixture at the St. George’s Stadium in Grenada.

The Red Force won the toss and chose to bowl first on a sunny first day. Their decision was rewarded early as Terrance Hinds removed former West Indies Under-19 Captain Kimani Melius for just four in the third over.

Hinds got his second victim just two overs later, removing Kavem Hodge caught behind for a duck.

Captain Alick Athanaze then joined Jerlani Robinson at the crease and the pair put on 28 runs before Robinson was dismissed by Tion Webster for a patient 14 off 40 balls.

This brought the experienced Sunil Ambris to the crease and he and Athanaze put on 54 for the fourth wicket before Athanaze was dismissed just after lunch for 40.

Barbadian all-rounder Justin Greaves was next in but went quickly for five to leave the Volcanoes reeling at 113-5, bringing Walcott to the middle to join Ambris.

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Windies cricket needs protection

Tue, Jan 31, '23

 

Commentary

LET’S turn back the clock and look for clues.

As some would have us believe, West Indies cricket didn’t start in the 1980s. Nor was its popularity achieved by not losing a Test series between 1980 and 1995. A film was also produced that only highlighted the tremendous pace bowling of the eighties and nineties.

However, WI cricket made big strides from the time they were accepted in 1928 as a Test-playing region which combined the English-speaking islands of the Caribbean as one unit to engage their colonisers in Test matches. Before that recognition, West Indian people had developed a love for the game and through the efforts of these pioneers, the early Caribbean citizens improved themselves at the sport.

Excitement grew in the WI as time marched on and the realization that they were good enough at the sport to compete with the Englishmen and the Australians, the initial two competitors that battled each other for the Ashes. It was noticeable that the West Indian possessed a natural flair for the game which excited the staid, conservative character of the Englishman.

The first one they invited to play in their leagues at home was the late Sir Learie Constantine who lit up the playing fields of Great Britain.

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