Windward Islands cricket team

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Windward Islands
Windward islands flag.png
Captain: Saint Lucia Darren Sammy (List A & T20)
Dominica Liam Sebastien (First-class)
Coach: Ian Allen
Colors:      Green
Founded: 1980
Home ground: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Arnos Vale Stadium
Grenada Queen's Park, Grenada
Dominica Windsor Park (Dominica)
Saint Lucia Beausejour Stadium
Saint Lucia Mindoo Philip Park
Four Day wins: 0
WICB Cup wins: 2
Twenty20 wins: 0
Official website: Windward Islands

The Windward Islands cricket team is a cricket team representing the member countries of the Windward Islands Cricket Board of Control. The team plays in the West Indies Professional Cricket League (including the NAGICO Regional Super50) under the franchise name Windward Islands Volcanoes.[1]

It includes the islands that were known as the British Windward Islands except for Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago, who have their own teams. Thus, it includes Dominica (technically a part of the Leeward Islands, but as it was part of the Windward Islands colony from 1940 until independence and its cricket federation remains a part of the Windward Islands), Grenada, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

The team plays in inter-regional cricket competitions in the Caribbean, such as the Carib Beer Cup and the KFC Cup, and the best players may be selected for the West Indies cricket team, which plays international cricket. However, Grenada took part in the 1998 Commonwealth Games cricket competition separately.

Team history[edit]

The Windward Islands team is the least successful of the six West Indian first class teams, having failed to win a first-class title and with three one-day titles in 33 attempts. They played their first first-class match in 1959–60 against the touring England side, losing by ten wickets, and until 1980–81 they mainly played as a part of the Combined Islands. However, from 1981–82 onwards they have played as a separate entity.

On a few occasions, all in the one-day Red Stripe Bowl competition, two teams have represented the Windwards. In the 2001–02, Northern Windward Islands and Southern Windward Islands competed, while in 2002–03, a team from Saint Vincent and Grenadines and a Rest of the Windward Islands side took part.

Squad[edit]

Players with international caps are listed in bold.

No. Name Birth date Batting style Bowling style Notes
Batsmen
? Craig Emmanuel (1985-09-09) 9 September 1985 (age 29) Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
10 Keddy Lesporis (1988-12-27) 27 December 1988 (age 26) Right-handed Right arm off break
22 Linden Lawrence (1988-10-05) 5 October 1988 (age 26) Right-handed
28 Devon Smith (1981-10-21) 21 October 1981 (age 33) Left-handed Right arm off break
? Donwell Hector (1988-10-31) 31 October 1988 (age 26) Right-handed Right arm off break
All-rounders
13 Keron Cottoy (1989-11-14) 14 November 1989 (age 25) Left-handed Right arm leg break
? Liam Sebastien (1984-09-09) 9 September 1984 (age 30) Left-handed Right arm off break First-class captain
88 Darren Sammy (1983-12-20) 20 December 1983 (age 31) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium List A & T20 captain
Wicket-keepers
11 Andre Fletcher (1987-11-28) 28 November 1987 (age 27) Right-handed
80 Lyndon James (1984-12-30) 30 December 1984 (age 29) Right-handed
99 Johnson Charles (1989-01-14) 14 January 1989 (age 25) Right-handed
? Tyrone Theophile (1989-08-12) 12 August 1989 (age 25) Right-handed
Bowlers
? Delorn Johnson (1988-09-15) 15 September 1988 (age 26) Left-handed Left arm fast
2 Garey Mathurin (1983-09-23) 23 September 1983 (age 31) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
12 Mervin Matthew (1985-09-23) 23 September 1985 (age 29) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
66 Shane Shillingford (1983-02-22) 22 February 1983 (age 31) Right-handed Right arm off break
23 Keon Peters (1982-02-24) 24 February 1982 (age 32) Right-handed Left arm medium
24 Nelon Pascal (1987-04-25) 25 April 1987 (age 27) Right-handed Right arm fast

Source: T20 squad, List A squad, First-class squad

Notable players[edit]

Prominent cricketers who have represented the Windward Islands include:

Honours[edit]

Grounds[edit]

The Windward Islands team has at the following venues

The Mindoo Philip Park has not seen any first-class cricket since 2001, and has been replaced by the Beausejour Stadium in Gros Islet, which has hosted four matches in three years.

See also[edit]

References[edit]