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.
|Captain||Kirk Edwards (First-class & List A)|
|Home ground|| Arnos Vale Stadium|
Queen's Park, Grenada
Windsor Park (Dominica)
Mindoo Philip Park
|Four Day wins||0|
|WICB Cup wins||2|
|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.
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.
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|
|Sunil Ambris||23 March 1993||Right-handed|
|Roland Cato||23 November 1997||Right-handed||Right-arm medium|
|Taryck Gabriel||6 April 1995||Right-handed||Right-arm off spin|
|Jerlani Robinson||23 December 1993||Right-handed|
|Devon Smith||21 October 1981||Left-handed||Right-arm off spin|
|Darren Sammy||20 December 1983||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast|
|Liam Sebastien||9 September 1984||Left-handed||Right-arm off spin||Captain|
|Johnson Charles||14 January 1989||Right-handed|
|Andre Fletcher||28 November 1987||Right-handed|
|Ved Vyas||12 August 1989||Right-handed|
|Audley Alexander||10 October 1991||Left-handed||Left-arm orthodox|
|Larry Edwards||16 February 1995||Left-handed||Left-arm orthodox|
|Kavem Hodge||21 February 1993||Right-handed||Left-arm orthodox|
|Delorn Johnson||15 September 1988||Left-handed||Left-arm fast|
|Mervin Matthew||23 September 1985||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|Kyle Mayers||8 September 1992||Left-handed||Right-arm medium|
|Kenroy Peters||24 February 1982||Right-handed||Left-arm medium|
|Shane Shillingford||22 February 1983||Right-handed||Right-arm off spin|
|Kesrick Williams||17 January 1990||Right-handed||Right-arm medium-fast|
Prominent cricketers who have represented the Windward Islands include:
- Domestic one-day competition (4): 1988–89, 2000–01, 2012–13, 2017-18
The Windward Islands team has played at the following venues
- Arnos Vale Stadium in Kingstown, Saint Vincent, 29 out of 103)
- Queen's Park in Grenada (25 matches),
- Mindoo Philip Park in Saint Lucia (21 matches),
- Windsor Park in Dominica (16 matches).
- Beausejour Stadium in Gros Islet, Saint Lucia.