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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
CaptainKirk Edwards (First-class & List A)
CoachAndre Coley
Team information
Colours     Green
Founded1980
Home groundSaint 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
History
Four Day wins0
WICB Cup wins2
Twenty20 wins0
Official website:Windward 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 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 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.

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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

Listed below are players who have represented the Windward Islands in either the 2016–17 Regional Four Day Competition or the 2016–17 Regional Super50. Players with international caps are listed in bold.

  Name Birth date Batting style Bowling style Notes
Batsmen
Sunil Ambris (1993-03-23) 23 March 1993 (age 26) Right-handed
Roland Cato (1997-11-23) 23 November 1997 (age 21) Right-handed Right-arm medium
Taryck Gabriel (1995-04-06) 6 April 1995 (age 24) Right-handed Right-arm off spin
Jerlani Robinson (1993-12-23) 23 December 1993 (age 25) Right-handed
Devon Smith (1981-10-21) 21 October 1981 (age 37) Left-handed Right-arm off spin
All-rounders
Darren Sammy (1983-12-20) 20 December 1983 (age 35) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
Liam Sebastien (1984-09-09) 9 September 1984 (age 34) Left-handed Right-arm off spin Captain
Wicket-keepers
Johnson Charles (1989-01-14) 14 January 1989 (age 30) Right-handed
Andre Fletcher (1987-11-28) 28 November 1987 (age 31) Right-handed
Ved Vyas (1989-08-12) 12 August 1989 (age 30) Right-handed
Bowlers
Audley Alexander (1991-10-10) 10 October 1991 (age 27) Left-handed Left-arm orthodox
Larry Edwards (1995-02-16) 16 February 1995 (age 24) Left-handed Left-arm orthodox
Kavem Hodge (1993-02-21) 21 February 1993 (age 26) Right-handed Left-arm orthodox
Delorn Johnson (1988-09-15) 15 September 1988 (age 30) Left-handed Left-arm fast
Mervin Matthew (1985-09-23) 23 September 1985 (age 33) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
Kyle Mayers (1992-09-08) 8 September 1992 (age 26) Left-handed Right-arm medium
Kenroy Peters (1982-02-24) 24 February 1982 (age 37) Right-handed Left-arm medium
Shane Shillingford (1983-02-22) 22 February 1983 (age 36) Right-handed Right-arm off spin
Kesrick Williams (1990-01-17) 17 January 1990 (age 29) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast

Source: Regional Four Day Competition, Regional Super50

Notable playersEdit

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 in Gros Islet, which has hosted four matches in three years.

See alsoEdit

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