Dominica will host three of five one day international (ODI) matches when South Africa Women’s Cricket Team plays against the West Indies Women’s Team at the Windsor Park Stadium this weekend.
These matches will kick off the international season for the women.
Public Relations Officer of the Dominica Cricket Association, Mervin Paul says all is set for the staging of the games. The matches are scheduled to take place from nine am on Saturday 12th, Sunday 13th and Tuesday 15th respectively.
“From a facility standpoint we are ready. The stadium is intact, the playing area is good. The teams come in today Thursday and will embark on practice sessions for the entire day tomorrow,” Paul says.
The PRO also stated that the West Indies women’s team had an impressive performance at the recent World Cup. He says Dominicans can look forward to an interesting weekend of cricket when the West Indian women players come up against South Africa.
“What we are expecting to see in Dominica is good cricket, good performances from top players. The West Indies women’s cricket team is a very competitive team. In fact they made it to the semi finals of the World T-20 cup recently. The South African team is a very tough team-they have beaten the West Indies team already in this series and so the West Indies team will look to come from behind and because of that we expect very competitive cricket.”
Paul is encouraging members of the public to come out in large numbers to support the games.
“We expect the Dominican public to come out and support women’s cricket. The South African men, when they were here, had very high ratings for the crowd and the facility and we don’t expect the women to go back and not say the same thing. We expect the stadium to be filled with male and female supporters supporting West Indies cricket.”
Following the ODI’s, the teams will move on to the Beausejour Cricket Ground in St Lucia for two back-to-back Twenty20 matches on the 19th and 20th of February.
The Windies squad include Merissa Aguilleira (Captain), Stafanie Taylor (Vice Captain), Shemaine Campbelle, Shanel Daley, Deandra Dottin, Kycia Knight, Anisa Mohammed, Subrina Munroe, Juliana Nero, June Ogle, Shakera Selman, Tremayne Smartt, and Shaquana Quintyne.
Meantime the South Africa team include Mignon du Preez (Captain), Susan Benade, Cri-Zelda Brits, Trisha Chetty, Savanna Cordes, Dinesha Devnarain, Shandré Fritz, Marizanne Kapp, Dané van Niekerk, Marcia Letsoalo, Sunette Loubser, Yolandi Potgieter, Chloe Tryon and Elrisa Theunissen.
Dominica hosted its first international women’s cricket matches last February when the Windies Women’s Team played the India Women’s Team in two T20 International Matches at the Windsor Park Stadium. The matches took place on Ash Wednesday February 22nd and February 23rd.