Hayley Matthews appointed Windies Women vice captain

By November 08, 2018
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Barbadian batter Hayley Matthews said being made vice-captain of the Windies women for the ICC World Women’s T20 Tournament will ultimately make her a better player.

The 20-year-old all-rounder was on Thursday appointed to the position to support Captain Stafanie Taylor as the Windies get ready to launch the defence of the title they won two years ago.

Matthews was one of the stars when the WINDIES lifted the championship in 2016, producing a top knock of 66 from 45 balls in the final.  She has been on a constant upward trajectory since then, establishing herself as an important player in the WINDIES setup.

“I am very delighted that the hierarchy of Cricket West Indies (CWI) see me as a good fit for Vice Captain.  I think the added responsibility will be of great benefit to my overall game. It will be an amazing feeling to play in front of home fans here in the West Indies.”

Taylor, meanwhile, is confident that Matthews will take the responsibility in stride and continue to perform well while also pushing her teammates forward.

“Hayley is young but very confident and knowledgeable about the sport,” Taylor said.

“She is someone who can lead from the front, with bat and ball, and encourage her teammates to raise their game in varying situations.”

Meantime, 17-year old fast bowler, Qiana Joseph has replaced Sheneta Grimmond, who has been ruled out because of injury.

Joseph has been with the squad throughout the recent training camps held in Antigua this year and was part of the Windward Islands team for the Women’s Championship earlier this year.

She said she is excited about the competition and looking forward to playing in front of her home crowd in St. Lucia.

“It’s so unfortunate that Sheneta had to be withdrawn as it would have been a great experience for her.  However, I must take this selection as a blessing and do my best to assist the team in retaining our World (Women’s) T20 Championship at home. The team will do the best to make her proud.”



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