Thursday, February 2, 2023

CWI: West Indies Women ready to face England as CG United ODIs bowl off

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Captain Hayley Matthews is aware of the challenge of facing the England Women team but she believes her players can use their knowledge of the conditions at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium to their advantage in the three-match CG United One-Day International series. The two teams will meet in the first day/night contest on Sunday, 4 December at 2pm (1pm Jamaica Time)

The last time these two teams played ODI cricket in the Caribbean in 2016 in Jamaica, England emerged as 3-2 series winners and Matthews was still a newbie, despite being part of the team that won the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup earlier in the year. But now as captain of the West Indies Women, she is looking to reverse the result in the West Indies favour.

Matthews said

“We know it’s a really important series, but the team is in a good space, but we’re backing ourselves to play good cricket against England. We know they have one of the best teams in the world, but at the same time coming to play in the Caribbean is a hard task. We are going to use our knowledge of the conditions here in Antigua and when we go over to Barbados to our advantage. Also, we learnt a lot from the last series against New Zealand, especially what we need to do to get over the line, after the close games we had, so we’re going to try to implement that in this series.”

Stafanie Taylor will miss the series due to an injury picked up in the series against New Zealand, but Matthews believes the team has rallied to fill that void, saying,

“Staf brings so much to the team, and we all miss her when she’s not part of it but it gives young players a massive opportunity to make a name for themselves. Aaliyah Alleyne was one of those players who stepped up in the last series and she’s going to be crucial for us in both batting and bowling in this series.”

The CG United ODI Series is the second opportunity for the West Indies to gain points in the ICC Women’s Championship (IWC). The top five teams in the IWC will automatically book a berth for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup in 2025. The remaining five teams in the IWC will have to go through the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier. The T20I Series which follows provides both teams with important preparation for the 2023 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in South Africa which begins on 10 February 2023, with West Indies and England drawn to play each other in Group 2 of the tournament.

Tickets are available in advance for the first two CG United ODIs and the first T20I in Antigua from the Windies Tickets service, presented by Mastercard – tickets.windiestickets.com. Tickets are just US$9/EC$25. The third CG United ODI in Antigua will be free for local and visiting fans as it falls on V.C. Bird Day, a national holiday in Antigua and is being supported by the Government of Antigua and Barbuda.  Fans who purchase tickets will receive their tickets securely into their online Windies Tickets account to save to their mobile device or print out for presentation at the stadium, avoiding the need to queue at or travel to the stadium ticket offices. Ticket offices at each venue will be open on the day of each match.

All matches will be available to view in the West Indies live on the Windies Cricket YouTube channel as well as on the ESPN Play app. Fans in the UK will be able to view on BT Sport with fans based in the USA able to watch live on ESPN+. 

FULL SQUAD

(1st and 2nd CG United ODIs)

  • Hayley Matthews (Captain)
  • Shakera Selman (Vice Captain)
  • Aaliyah Alleyne
  • Shemaine Campbelle
  • Afy Fletcher
  • Cherry Ann Fraser
  • Shabika Gajnabi
  • Sheneta Grimmond
  • Chinelle Henry
  • Kycia Knight
  • Chedean Nation
  • Karishma Ramharack
  • Kaysia Schultz
  • Rashada Williams

FULL MATCH SCHEDULE

CG United ODI Series

  • Sunday, 4 December: 1st CG United ODI at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua – 2pm Eastern Caribbean/1pm Jamaica
  • Tuesday, 6 December: 2nd CG United ODI at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua – 2pm Eastern Caribbean/1pm Jamaica
  • Friday, 9 December: 3rd CG United ODI at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua – 2pm Eastern Caribbean/1pm Jamaica

T20I Series

  • Sunday, 11 December: 1st T20I, Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua, 6pm Eastern Caribbean/5pm Jamaica
  • Wednesday, 14 December: 2nd T20I, Kensington Oval, Barbados, 6pm Eastern Caribbean/5pm Jamaica
  • Saturday, 17 December: 3rd T20I, Kensington Oval, Barbados, 6pm Eastern Caribbean/5pm Jamaica
  • Sunday , 18 December: 4th T20I, Kensington Oval, Barbados, 6pm Eastern Caribbean/5pm Jamaica
  • Thursday, 22 December: 5th T20I, Kensington Oval, Barbados, 6pm Eastern Caribbean/5pm Jamaica

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