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Hayley shines

. . . but windies women remain inconsistent

A lack of consistency has been named as the main reason behind the West Indies women’s recent disappointing tour of Australia but gifted Barbadian teenager Hayley Matthews has been identified as one of the successes of the trip.

That is according to the team’s head coach, Sherwin Campbell, who has bemoaned the fact that the Windies’ women were not able to compete at a high level for a sustained period of time.

His comments have come following their disappointing tour Down Under earlier this month, where they lost all eight matches, which included four Twenty20 matches and four One Day Internationals (ODI’s).

“It was a very disappointing tour, because obviously you want to win as many matches as you can.

“Yes, the Australians have been the World champions for the past four to five years, and yes we knew it was going to be a challenging tour, but we just were not consistent enough,” Campbell told Barbados Today.

“I think we competed well at stages, especially in the ODI series, but we weren’t able to sustain that intensity for a prolonged period of time. At this level we need to be more consistent.”

While admitting he knew it would have been especially tough for the bowlers on Australia’s batting friendly pitches, he lamented that the batsmen did not take advantage of the good conditions.

Campbell, a former Barbados and West Indies opening batsman, said while they got some good starts at the top of the order, they were not able to capitalise and establish big scores.

“We had some good starts, especially in the ODI series, but we just didn’t take advantage of them,” he explained.

“There were times when we were 100 for one or 100 for two but instead of going on to make big totals, we ended up falling short.”

“When you have a good foundation you have to carry on and get big partnerships and big totals, and I think that is a lesson which has been learnt,” Campbell added.

Despite the embarrassing whitewash, Campbell had high praise for Barbados’ duo of Mathews and fast bowler Shamilia Connell.

The 16 year-old Matthews was especially impressive on her first overseas tour for the regional side, scoring three consecutive half centuries in the ODI series.

Hayley Matthews hits out against Australia on the recent tour Down Under.

Hayley Matthews hits out against Australia on the recent tour Down Under.

Connell was also a livewire, as she regularly surprised the Australian batters with her lively pace and bounce.

“Hayley really did well for us. She performed really well in her first overseas tour and proved the selectors right for picking her.

“She played without fear and she has a lot of potential both batting and bowling wise. It was really good to see her perform at such a high level at such a young age,” the head coach added.

“Shamilia also bowled for quickly on her first tour. She just now has to improve and try to build on that.”

For Matthews, a student of Harrison College, it was just a matter of executing what she had practiced.

And while she said it was “a bit depressing” not to have won a single match, she was still happy she was able to “put some decent scores up.”

“It was good to go out there and get some runs against a team like Australia, but at the end of the day you want that to translate into your team winning,” she noted.

“But I knew I had the ability to do it, and all I needed to do was to keep on my head and go out there and execute correctly.”

“You can’t do well every game, but you try your best every time you go out in the middle,” Matthews said.

Matthews, who scored 241 runs at an average of 60.25 in the ODI series, told Barbados Today her focus had now shifted to next year’s tour of Sri Lanka, and finding form heading into the 2017 World Cup.

Source: (Randy Bennett)

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