Windward Islands cricket team

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]

Windward Islands
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Personnel
CaptainSunil Ambris & Kirk Edwards
CoachAndrew Richardson
Team information
Colours  Green
Founded1980
Home ground
History
Four Day wins0
WICB Cup wins4
Twenty20 wins0
Official websiteWindward Island Cricket Board

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 one of the Leeward Islands, but as it was part of the Windward Islands colony from 1940 until independence, 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 Regional Four Day Competition and the Regional Super50, 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 historyEdit

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 four one-day titles in 37 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.

SquadEdit

  Name Birth date Batting style Bowling style Notes
Batsmen
Devon Smith (1981-10-21) 21 October 1981 (age 40) Left-handed Right-arm off spin
Desron Maloney (1991-05-05) 5 May 1991 (age 31) Right-handed -
Kirk Edwards (1984-11-03) 3 November 1984 (age 37) Left-handed Right-arm off spin List A Captain
All-rounders
Kavem Hodge (1993-02-21) 21 February 1993 (age 29) Right-handed Left-arm orthodox
Keron Cottoy (1989-11-14) 14 November 1989 (age 32) Left-handed Right-arm leg spin
Alick Athanaze (1998-12-07) 7 December 1998 (age 23) Left-handed Right-arm off spin
Bhaskar Yadram (1999-09-18) 18 September 1999 (age 23) Left-handed Right-arm medium
Ryan John (1997-09-25) 25 September 1997 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
Wicket-keepers
Emmanuel Stewart (1999-08-23) 23 August 1999 (age 23) Right-handed -
Andre Fletcher (1987-11-28) 28 November 1987 (age 34) Right-handed -
Sunil Ambris (1993-03-23) 23 March 1993 (age 29) Right-handed - First-class Captain
Spin Bowlers
Shane Shillingford (1983-02-22) 22 February 1983 (age 39) Right-handed Right-arm off spin
Larry Edwards (1995-02-16) 16 February 1995 (age 27) Left-handed Left-arm orthodox
Kenneth Dember Right-arm off spin
Pace Bowlers
Shermon Lewis (1995-10-21) 21 October 1995 (age 26) Right-handed Right-arm fast
Preston McSween (1995-08-15) 15 August 1995 (age 27) Right-handed Left-arm medium-fast
Josh Thomas Right-arm medium
Ray Jordan (1994-10-21) 21 October 1994 (age 27) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium

Notable playersEdit

Prominent cricketers who have represented the Windward Islands include:

HonoursEdit

GroundsEdit

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 (Daren Sammy Cricket Ground) in Gros Islet, which has hosted four matches in three years.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Jamaica Franchise at home against Leeward Islands Hurricanes". Archived from the original on 7 December 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2014.