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 Island Cricket Board|
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.
Listed below are players who have represented the Windward Islands in either the 2015–16 Regional Four Day Competition or the 2015–16 Regional Super50. Players with international caps are listed in bold.
|Name||Birth date||Batting style||Bowling style||Notes|
|Sunil Ambris||23 March 1993||Right-handed|
|Miles Bascombe||12 January 1986||Right-handed|
|Keddy Lesporis||27 December 1988||Right-handed||Right-arm off spin|
|Devon Smith||21 October 1981||Left-handed||Right-arm off spin|
|Liam Sebastien||9 September 1984||Left-handed||Right-arm off spin||Captain|
|Dalton Polius||12 September 1990||Left-handed||Right-arm off spin|
|Johnson Charles||14 January 1989||Right-handed|
|Andre Fletcher||28 November 1987||Right-handed|
|Tyrone Theophile||12 August 1989||Right-handed|
|Alston Bobb||17 January 1984||Left-handed||Left-arm orthodox|
|Keron Cottoy||14 November 1989||Left-handed||Right-arm leg spin|
|Kavem Hodge||21 February 1993||Right-handed||Left-arm orthodox|
|Delorn Johnson||15 September 1988||Left-handed||Left-arm fast|
|Mervin Matthew||23 September 1985||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|Kyle Mayers||8 September 1992||Left-handed||Right-arm medium|
|Kevin McClean||24 January 1988||Left-handed||Right-arm fast|
|Kenroy Peters||24 February 1982||Right-handed||Left-arm medium|
|Shane Shillingford||22 February 1983||Right-handed||Right-arm off spin|
Prominent cricketers who have represented the Windward Islands include:
- Mike Findlay
- Winston Davis
- Nixon McLean
- Cameron Cuffy
- Deighton Butler
- Rawl Lewis
- Junior Murray
- Devon Smith
- Andre Fletcher
- Darren Sammy
- Johnson Charles
- Lockhart Sebastien
- Irvine Shillingford
- Shane Shillingford
- Adam Sanford
- Domestic one-day competition (3): 1988–89, 2000–01, 2012–13.
The Windward Islands team has played at the following venues
- Arnos Vale Stadium in Kingstown, Saint Vincent, 29 out of 103)
- Queen's Park in Grenada (25 matches),
- Mindoo Philip Park in Saint Lucia (21 matches),
- Windsor Park in Dominica (16 matches).
- Beausejour Stadium in Gros Islet, Saint Lucia.
- List of international cricketers from the Windward Islands
- List of Windward Islands first-class cricketers
- Dominica national cricket team
- Grenada national cricket team
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines national cricket team
- Saint Lucia national cricket team