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 Nat Birth date Batting style Bowling style Notes
Batsmen
28 Devon Smith Grenada (1981-10-21) 21 October 1981 (age 33) Left-handed Right arm off break
? Craig Emmanuel Saint Lucia (1985-09-09) 9 September 1985 (age 29) Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
10 Keddy Lesporis Saint Lucia (1988-12-27) 27 December 1988 (age 26) Right-handed Right arm off break
? Sunil Ambris Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (1993-03-23) 23 March 1993 (age 22) Right-handed
? Miles Bascombe Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (1986-01-12) 12 January 1986 (age 29) Right-handed
All-rounders
? Liam Sebastien Dominica (1984-09-09) 9 September 1984 (age 30) Left-handed Right arm off break First-class captain
88 Darren Sammy Saint Lucia (1983-12-20) 20 December 1983 (age 31) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium List A & T20 captain
? Romel Currency Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (1982-05-07) 7 May 1982 (age 33) Right-handed Right arm off break
? Dalton Polius Saint Lucia (1990-09-12) 12 September 1990 (age 24) Left-handed Right arm off break
Wicket-keepers
11 Andre Fletcher Grenada (1987-11-28) 28 November 1987 (age 27) Right-handed Right arm medium
80 Lindon James Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (1984-12-30) 30 December 1984 (age 30) Right-handed
25 Johnson Charles Saint Lucia (1989-01-14) 14 January 1989 (age 26) Right-handed Right arm Right arm medium
? Tyrone Theophile Dominica (1989-08-12) 12 August 1989 (age 25) Right-handed
? Denis Smith Grenada (1991-10-30) 30 October 1991 (age 23) Right-handed
Bowlers
23 Delorn Johnson Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (1988-09-15) 15 September 1988 (age 26) Left-handed Left arm fast
18 Garey Mathurin Saint Lucia (1983-09-23) 23 September 1983 (age 31) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
12 Mervin Matthew Dominica (1985-09-23) 23 September 1985 (age 29) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
66 Shane Shillingford Dominica (1983-02-22) 22 February 1983 (age 32) Right-handed Right arm off break
? Kenroy Peters Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (1982-02-24) 24 February 1982 (age 33) Right-handed Left arm medium
24 Nelon Pascal Grenada (1987-04-25) 25 April 1987 (age 28) Right-handed Right arm fast
? Alston Bobb Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (1984-01-17) 17 January 1984 (age 31) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox

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Notable players[edit]

Prominent cricketers who have represented the Windward Islands include:

Honours[edit]

Grounds[edit]

The Windward Islands team has played 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]

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