Windward Islands cricket team
|Captain:|| Darren Sammy (List A & T20)
Liam Sebastien (First-class)
|Home ground:|| Arnos Vale Stadium
Queen's Park, Grenada
Windsor Park (Dominica)
Mindoo Philip Park
|Four Day wins:||0|
|WICB Cup wins:||2|
|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.
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.
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.
Players with international caps are listed in bold.
|No.||Name||Birth date||Batting style||Bowling style||Notes|
|?||Craig Emmanuel||9 September 1985||Right-handed||Right arm medium-fast|
|10||Keddy Lesporis||27 December 1988||Right-handed||Right arm off break|
|22||Linden Lawrence||5 October 1988||Right-handed||—|
|28||Devon Smith||21 October 1981||Left-handed||Right arm off break|
|?||Donwell Hector||31 October 1988||Right-handed||Right arm off break|
|13||Keron Cottoy||14 November 1989||Left-handed||Right arm leg break|
|?||Liam Sebastien||9 September 1984||Left-handed||Right arm off break||First-class captain|
|88||Darren Sammy||20 December 1983||Right-handed||Right arm fast-medium||List A & T20 captain|
|11||Andre Fletcher||28 November 1987||Right-handed||—|
|80||Lyndon James||30 December 1984||Right-handed||—|
|99||Johnson Charles||14 January 1989||Right-handed||—|
|?||Tyrone Theophile||12 August 1989||Right-handed||—|
|?||Delorn Johnson||15 September 1988||Left-handed||Left arm fast|
|2||Garey Mathurin||23 September 1983||Left-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox|
|12||Mervin Matthew||23 September 1985||Right-handed||Right arm fast-medium|
|66||Shane Shillingford||22 February 1983||Right-handed||Right arm off break|
|23||Keon Peters||24 February 1982||Right-handed||Left arm medium|
|24||Nelon Pascal||25 April 1987||Right-handed||Right arm fast|
Prominent cricketers who have represented the Windward Islands include:
- Domestic one-day competition (3): 1988–89, 2000–01, 2012–13.
The Windward Islands team has at the following venues
- Queen's Park in Grenada (25 matches),
- Mindoo Philip Park in Saint Lucia (21 matches),
- Windsor Park in Dominica (16 matches).
- List of international cricketers from the Windward Islands
- List of Windward Islands first-class cricketers
- 2005–06 KFC Cup Squad from Cricinfo
- Windward Islands Cricket – Info from West Indies Cricket Board