Ready for battle

Some members of the West Indies Women’s team (from left) Kyshona Knight, Deandra Dottin, Kycia Knight, Tremayne Smartt and Anisa Mohammed listening to former West Indies batsman Cammie Smith during a tour of the Cricket Legends Museum on Fontabelle.
Some members of the West Indies Women’s team (from left) Kyshona Knight, Deandra Dottin, Kycia Knight, Tremayne Smartt and Anisa Mohammed listening to former West Indies batsman Cammie Smith during a tour of the Cricket Legends Museum on Fontabelle.

Members of the West Indies Women’s Team completed a two-week, skills training camp over the weekend at the Sagicor West Indies High Performance Centre.

A squad of 13, including off-spinner Anisa Mohammed, left-handed batsman Kyshona Knight and wicketkeeper/batsman Natasha McLean were all part of the training sessions.

All three players felt the camp was timely, coming ahead of a busy schedule for the players in the next few months that include the Regional Women’s Super50 and a tri-nation home series against highly-regarded teams, England and New Zealand.

Mohammed said the camp was valuable due to the individual attention that each player was able to receive from the coaching staff.

“It was a very important camp for us,” she said. “It was just 13 of us and we each got plenty of individual attention and so we were able to work on stuff that needed to be worked on.

“My batting has improved a bit, so hopefully if it comes down to me in a game, I think I have the confidence to handle the situation and make some runs for the team – and my bowling has also improved a lot compared to last year and the year before.

“I have been struggling lately with my bowling, but this camp has really helped me a lot and I am really confident and hopefully I can take my 100th One-day International wicket during the upcoming tri-nation series.”

Mohammed said she was looking to build on the work she did during the next few months, as she prepares with her native Trinidad & Tobago to play in the Regional Women’s Super50 Tournament.

“I am really looking forward to it and to representing my country once a year,” she said. “The girls have been training very hard, they have been to South Africa, they have done some preparation so far, so it will be going back and working with them for the next two months.

“Then the Windies Women have England and New Zealand. We have a record of winning home series and it would be a plus for us to win our first tri-nation home series.”

McLean said the best was yet to come for her and the Windies Women, and felt the camp helped her to re-focus on working hard at her game.”It was a good opportunity to get to work on the areas that I knew needed work and I have seen some improvement,” she said.

“My batting will come along, but I have to continue working hard and look for success.

“I learnt a lot about being focussed and being patient among the many things I have learnt in this camp, so that when I reach into a game situation, I can execute and make big runs to help the Windies Women and my hometown Jamaica.”

McLean has just completed her first year with the Windies Women, having made her international debut in an ODI last April against Sri Lanka Women, and said the experience was eye-opening. (windiescricket)

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