JOHN’S, Antigua– The Windies women completed a double series whitewash over Sri Lanka after they won the third and final T20 International by 31 runs at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua yesterday.

The victory was extra special, as Deandra Dottin struck her second T20 century, becoming the first woman to achieve such a feat. She scored 112 from 67 balls. Hayley Matthews hit 34, as the Windies Women posted 159/6 from their 20 overs.

Dottin’s batting had the crowd enthralled as they watched her hit 5-sixes and 9-fours on her way to the match-winnings innings. She along with Matthews posted a 130-run partnership for the second wicket when Matthews departed run out.

Ama Kanchana was the best Sri Lanka bowler, taking 2/24. The Sri Lankans had something to celebrate as Shashikala Siriwardena and Rabecca Vandort both struck half-centuries in their team’s run-chase.

Hayley Matthews had a fantastic spell with the ball, taking 4/18, as the Windies Women kept a tight bowling attack.

Sri Lanka finished on 128/5 from their allotted 20 overs.

Deandra Dottin was Player of the Match as well as Player of the Series for her accumulative score of 154 runs and 1 wicket.

Winston Benjamin appointed as Head Coach to Hurricanes Franchise

Basseterre, St. Kitts– The Leeward Islands Cricket Development Company announces the appointment of Mr. Winston Benjamin as Head Coach of the Leeward Islands Hurricanes Cricket franchise.

Mr. Benjamin, a former West Indies fast bowler who debut for the West Indies against India in 1987-88, was one of two candidates interviewed for the post.

In his career for the West Indies, Mr. Benjamin played a total of twenty one (21) tests and eighty five (85) one day internationals capturing 61 and 100 wickets at averages of 27.01 and 30.79 respectively.

Mr. Benjamin, who is a certified level three (3) coach has been involved in coaching for in excess of twenty years. During this period, he has contributed to the development of players at the grass root, school, community, national, sub regional and international levels.

His most recent assignments are as Coach of the Leeward Islands Hurricanes under 17 team and the under 19 team where he is currently performing duties.

Over his coaching career, Mr. Benjamin also performed duties with age group and senior national teams of Antigua and Barbuda, the Leeward Islands senior team, and as consultant for the Bermuda National Team and for the West Indies team. He has also been credited with the development individual players including the current West Indies fast bowler Alzarri Joseph.

Mr. Benjamin will take up his assignment from September 01, 2017 and in his role as Head Coach he will be tasked with the responsibility of developing Leeward Island Cricket to an elite level.

The Board congratulates Mr. Benjamin on his appointment and wishes him every success in his new role as Head Coach of the franchise

Cornwall Gets Team Call As Leewards Lose Five To Windies Duty

The Leeward Islands Hurricanes will lose five players to West Indies duty as they continue preparations ahead of the 2016/17 Professional Cricket League (PCL) slated to bowl off later this year.

Antiguan all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall, Anguillan wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton and Kittitian all-rounder Keiran Powell have all been selected for the West Indies A team’s tour of Sri Lanka starting later this month.

Meanwhile, the Hurricanes will also lose young sensational Antiguan fast bowler Alzarri Joseph who has been called to the ODI squad for the first time and Trinidadian batsman Nicholas Pooran who has been selected in the T20 squad.

Both teams will tour Pakistan with the T20 tour starting September 20 and the ODI tour starting 10 days later.

A sixth Leeward Islands player, Anguillan Montcin Hodge, has been placed on standby for the A Team.

Coach of the Leeward Islands team, Reginald Benjamin, was understandably happy with the developments.

“You know there are going to be criticisms and stuff, but Leeward Islands will be proudly represented with three of our players on that A Team and one is in reserve. We are doing good and we are proud with the direction the Leeward Islands is taking and we will continue to work hard,” he said.

“It’s not only Alzarri and Jimbo [Cornwall] but we have two others who will be leaving plus Nicholas Pooran, so Leeward Islands on a whole has five players out so we are down to 10,” he added.

The Antiguan, who will enter his third year as coach of the sub-regional squad, is also pleased with having acquired Pooran, predicting it will significantly boost the team’s batting prowess.

“He’s an exciting player, someone who knows how to make runs and that is important. I know he is hungry because he was injured and coming back and a player like that will come and contribute greatly, not only to Leeward Islands, but to West Indies cricket,” Benjamin said.

“His name didn’t come out until the day before or two days before the draft, so he was a late addition and we were glad that happened and we could not pass that opportunity.”

The coach, however, laments the absence of Antiguan all-rounder and last season’s vice captain, Orlando Peters from the line-up.

“I have expressed my concerns about that but we have a selection panel. He has played well and shown improvement over the years but the structure wasn’t there, but now [it] is here, I think the players who are here should take opportunity to improve. Orlando, unfortunately is not here but God forbids, something happens, I know his name will be first on the list,” Benjamin said.

The 2016/17 Professional Cricket League is slated to bowl off on November 11 when Leeward Islands will take on Barbados in their opening 4-Day fixture.

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Jamaica to participate in Antigua T20 tournament

The Jamaica Cricket Association has accepted an invitation from the Antigua and Barbuda Cricket Association to participate in a triangular T20 tournament, which forms part of Antigua and Barbuda’s Independence celebrations and which will take place from October 7-15.

Jamaica will be using the tournament to expose and showcase some of its emerging talent. The squad will be led by Nikita Miller.

The other members of the squad include John Campbell, Jermaine Harrison, Trevon Griffith, Kerry Holness, Brandon King, Derval Green, Romaine Morris, Oshane Thomas, Nicholson Gordon, Gavin Wallace, Pete Salmon, and Fabian Allen.

Junior Bennett will coach the team and Donovan Senior will manage

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Development Bank rallies round the Leeward Islands Women Cricket team

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts (July 4, 2016) — The West Indies are the world champions in women cricket, but not a single of the players is from the Leeward Islands. Thanks to the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis, this anomaly is about to come to an end.

A fourteen-member Leeward Islands Women Cricket team left Monday (July 4) morning from the RLB International Airport in Basseterre travelling to Guyana where it will take part, for the very first time, in the West Indies Women Cricket Championship.

It all started when the Leeward Islands Cricket Board organised the inaugural Leeward Islands Women Cricket Championship, which was held in St. Kitts in the month of June with 125 girls taking part. The tournament was played in the T20 and the 50 over formats and taking part were three countries, Nevis, St. Kitts and Antigua and Barbuda.

In May Mr Junie Mitcham, Leeward Islands Territorial Development Officer, wrote to the General Manager of the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis, Mr Lenworth Harris, seeking financial assistance to help host the tournament stating that unlike other larger domestic cricket boards throughout the West Indies, the LICB incurs significant accommodation and airfare costs just to host domestic tournaments.

“This Women’s tournament will help to raise the awareness of the importance of Women’s Cricket in the Leeward Islands, as well as opportunities available to make cricket a full time job via the WICB retainer contract for women and also to represent the Leeward Islands and West Indies Women’s teams,” said Mr Mitcham.

The Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis, which has over the years been promoting cricket at various levels, responded positively as this was the first time it had been requested to help in the advancement of women cricket in the region. A cheque of $10,000 was presented on Friday July 1 to Mr Vernon Springer, Chief Cricket Operations Officer, by Ms Vernitha Maynard, Development Bank’s Support Officer for Marketing.

“Let me thank the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis for coming on board at this critical juncture and historic moment in terms of the Leeward Islands Cricket Board itself hosting the first ever Leeward Islands Women Cricket Championship,” said Mr Springer.

“We want to thank the Development Bank because we talked to a number of the private sector companies in St. Kitts and Nevis who came in a small way, but Development Bank really came out in trumps and so what we are going to do is use the Development Bank logo on the Leeward Islands Women Cricket team which will be participating in the West Indies Women Championship which will be in Guyana in July.”

From the tournament held in St. Kitts, a fourteen-member Leeward Island Women Cricket team was been selected. The final game between Nevis and Antigua and Barbuda that was to be played in St. Paul’s, St. Kitts, on Friday July 1 was washed out. With each country playing against each other, Antigua won both the T20 and the 50 over formats of the game.

The historic team, which left from the RLB International Airport Monday (July 4) morning for Guyana, is captained by Shawnisha Hector of Antigua and has Nevis’ Senaldo Willett as the vice-captain, and is coached by Percy Daniel of St. Kitts. Antigua and Barbuda has contributed seven players on the team, while Nevis has five and St. Kitts has two.

The players are Terez Parker, Grace Persaud, Eldora Sylvester, Sherma Jackson, Amanda Edwards, and Jenisen Richards from Antigua; Kerisha Powell, Rozel Liburd, Melicia Clarke, and Kimberly Dookhan from Nevis; Elisa Claxton, and Jasmine Clarke from St. Kitts.

“This is the first time the Leeward Islands is participating in the West Indies Women Cricket Championship,” said Coach Percy Daniel moments before they boarded their flight. “We are not prepared as well as we would like bearing in mind that this is their first opportunity to participate in that competition. I think the information came to the various territories, in my opinion, a little late and so it was a situation we had to buy time and get in as much training as possible in terms of the preparation of the girls.

“The transition from softball, which most of the girls were playing, to the conventional hardball is an experience for many and this is the first time they are trying that aspect of cricket and so we are optimistic. It is a learning experience for many and we are hoping that it would be the beginning of better things to come in the future.”

Highly optimistic was the Vice-Captain Senaldo Willett who said: “It is the first time we are playing together and we seem to mesh well together as a team. I already feel the spirit and we are not on the field as yet, so imagine on the field: It should be a 100 per cent more.”

In congratulating the Leeward Islands Cricket Board for taking such a bold step, Development Bank’s Ms Vernitha Maynard, Support Officer for Marketing, said that women in the small Leeward Islands could be as good as any and she looked forward to seeing some of them included in the West Indies Women Cricket team in the future.

“This is indeed a historic moment for us in the Leeward Islands,” said Ms Maynard. “In 1970 Nevis produced the first Leeward Islander, Mr Elquemedo Willett, to play on the Senior West Indies Cricket team. As the Leeward Islands send the first women cricket team, it does not escape the fact that its vice-captain is Senaldo Willett, the daughter of the great Elquemedo Willett.

“The Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis has in the past sponsored cricket at various levels, and when we were approached to sponsor women cricket we had to go the Leeward Islands Cricket Board way and so we are proud to be sponsors of the first Leeward Islands Women Cricket team: We wish them success.

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