Kirby Called up, King Overlooked for WI World Cup Camp

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ST. JOHN’S, Antigua– Deandra Dottin has been named with twenty other players by Cricket West Indies’ Selection Panel, for a pre-world cup camp from January 6-25 in Antigua to finalise their preparations for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup.

Deandra returns to West Indies Women’s duty after shoulder surgery and a lengthy rehabilitation period, which ensured her full recovery and availability for the team. Captain Stafanie Taylor, who missed the T20 International series against the visiting Indian Women’s team in November, will also be returning, along with bowlers Shamilia Connell and Shakera Selman.

CWI’s Women’s and Girls Head Selector, Ann Browne-John said, “The panel has selected a squad showing a mix of youth and experience in preparation for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup. The recently concluded Women’s Franchise Tournament in Trinidad also gave the panel an opportunity to view the players in a T20 setting just prior to the World Cup.”

Browne- John added, “Deandra Dottin seemed to return right where she left off before her injury and had remarkable performances from the first match. Shamilia Connell and Shakera Selman are also returning from injury and the panel hopes that by the time the final selection is to be made for the World Cup, all players will be fit and ready.”

The pre-world cup camp is scheduled from January 6-25, during which the final squad for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup will be selected before departure to Australia. The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup will take place between February 21 and March 8.

The 21-member Training Camp Squad:

  1. Stafanie Taylor
  2. Deandra Dottin
  3. Shamilia Connell
  4. Hayley Matthews
  5. Aaliyah Alleyne
  6. Shakera Selman
  7. Sheneta Grimmond
  8. Kaysia Schultz
  9. Shabika Gajnabi
  10. Cherry Ann Fraser
  11. Shemaine Campbelle
  12. Chinelle Henry
  13. Natasha McLean
  14. Chedean Nation
  15. Shawnisha Hector
  16. Anisa Mohammed
  17. Lee Ann Kirby
  18. Karishma Ramharack
  19. Caneisha Isaac
  20. Britney Cooper
  21. Afy Fletcher

Secondary School students to play alongside National/WI Players in exhibition match

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The Trinidad and Tobago Women’s Cricket Association (TTWCA) will be engaging Secondary School cricketers in an exhibition match ahead of its Courts Grand Slam Women’s T20 Franchise Tournament. The match will take place on Saturday, November 30, from 2pm at the National Cricket Centre. 

The match will see the young secondary school students playing on teams alongside national players, who will be competing in the Courts Grand Slam from December 3 to 13. Eight (8) school girls and six (6) Franchise players will form each team. Students will get to interact with and play alongside WI players such as Reneice Boyce, Karishma Ramharack and Britney Cooper as well as a number of T&T players. They will also have the opportunity to interact with other non playing WI and T&T players such as Anisa Mohammed. 

This initiative by the TTWCA is a step towards bridging the gap between Secondary School cricketers, club cricket and national cricket. 

“We would like to create a pathway from schools cricket all the way up to the national team and this is one of the initiatives we are having to do that,” said Ann Browne John, Vice President of the TTWCA and CWI Head Women and Girls Selector. “We are seeing the development of the women’s game locally, we are playing our part in various ways, and we want young girls entering the world of women’s cricket, to know that there is a national team and who are the national and WI players they can emulate and look up to.” 

Browne-John noted that local clubs will also be present as they hope to encourage more girls to join clubs. 

The TTWCA recently wrapped up a High Performance camp for U17 players which included a number of outstanding players who also compete in the Secondary Schools Cricket League and have included an U19 spot on all Franchise teams to ensure that young players are exposed to cricket at a high level. 

“We see cricket rapidly evolving globally; the ICC has indicated the introduction of a women’s U19 World Cup in the future, women’s cricket will be included in the 2022 Commonwealth Games and we intend to make the Courts GrandSlam an international event eventually, so we want to increase our pool of players, while preparing them to take advantage of the many opportunities being created everyday.”

Some of the schools which will participating in the match include Holy Faith Convent, Couva, Holy Name Convent POS, St Joseph’s Convent, Barrackpore Secondary and Iere High School.

ICYMI: $25,000 up for grabs, Courts increases investment

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ICYMI: $25,000 up for grabs, Courts increases their investment, LCB central Sharks issues challenge to other teams, Stacy-Ann King hopes to build franchise fan base and the TTWCA plans to make Franchise League international

The Courts Women’s T20 GrandSlam Franchise Tournament was launched yesterday, with many announcements, challenges, and expectations being mentioned by those lauding the start of the 3rd edition of the tournament which bowls off from December 3 to 13.

Courts Corporate Social Responsibility Regional Officer, Nicole Loney-Mills, announced an increase in the company’s investment in the tournament while also commending the TTWCA for the continued growth of the event:

“This is a significant moment for us as we celebrate the evolution of women’s cricket. It is also our pleasure to announce that this year, our investment totals $100,000. We have had a long and fruitful relationship with the cricket fraternity and this partnership further pushes the envelope for continued development of sport to new heights. More importantly I see this as an investment in building our people and our community. At Unicomer, we are very passionate and committed about the development of our people and we extend this value to our business partners, key stakeholders and communities we support through our various public relations and corporate social responsibility initiatives. 

It is also our hope that the Courts T20 Franchise Tournament will serve as a platform for changing the game to encourage greater participation by our female cricketers. Through this avenue we will be able to identify new talent that could represent not only Trinidad and Tobago but West Indies cricket on the International stage at the highest level of competition.” – Nicole Loney-Mills 

WI all-rounder, Stacy Ann King encouraged fans to come out and support while also speaking about the establishment of franchise merchandise to further boost a fan base:

“The opportunity to develop a high level of professionalism that will contribute the the continued development of women’s cricket throughout the region, is one of the first and foremost aims of this event. We also embrace the prospect of establishing our own respective franchise fan base through the use of replica t-shirts and support via social media. The players are very appreciative of this continued support by the TTWCA, CWI and MSYA, Courts, the franchise holders; Trident Sports Phoenix, LCB Contractors, UDECOTT, and all the other sponsors who have shown faith in the development of local and regional women’s cricket.” – Stacy-Ann King, West Indies all-rounder and captain of the Phoenix Sports Tridents.

Manager of the LCB Central Sharks, Ian Telfer encouraged more sponsors to invest in the women’s game while issuing a challenging tot he other franchise teams on behalf of the LCB Central Sharks:

“These ladies are professionals in every sense of the word. Those of you don’t come, who find it inconvenient, you missed it. You missed some incredible moments in sport. Our girls give of their best, come on, can’t we even give them part of our best, can’t we show some support? I manage the LCB Central Sharks, we are the defending champions and I am challenging every other team; “come and get us.” The target is on our back, we know, we were the underdogs last year, we know that you all are coming for us this year, and I want to say one thing; “We will be glad to meet you, we will be even happier to greet you and then we will be glad to beat you.” – Ian Telfer, Manager of the LCB Central Sharks

CWI Head Women and Girls Selector and TTWCA Vice President, Ann Browne-John shared the Association’s plans for bigger and better things in the future, including making the event international:

“When this tournament was started three years ago, I don’t think any of us anticipated how it would grow. But the brand of cricket the girls have played over the past two years has made this tournament start to grow from strength to strength. And the is evident in the fact that this year, we are going to have every West Indian player who is not injured and that’s just about two injuries, but all the other top WI players are going to be present in this tournament. 

This franchise tournament has been placed on the Cricket West Indies Calendar for the next 2 years. When we started this tournament it was primarily  because the TTWCA is committed to the development of girls and women in the country and we have tried to show that commitment yearly through our leagues, which include a 50 over league for the premiership and a 30 over league for the Championship development, a T20 tournament, a T10 Tournament, we run a Regional U19 tournament which CWI has also come on board with us for that now and our plan is to grow this tournament, not just local, not just regional, but soon to have an international flavour. We know it will cost money and we will have to plan for it but that is how we would like to go.” – Ann Brown John, CWI Head Women and Girls Selector and Vice President of the Trinidad and Tobago Women’s Cricket Association.

Taylor to miss rest of Big Bash

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Stafanie Taylor will not take part in the remainder of the Women’s Big Bash League after she picked up a knee injury during the WI vs India series this month.

Taylor picked up a ligament sprain during the final ODI on November 9, and a prolonged recovery period (previously expected to take two weeks) means she will not be able to return to the WBBL in time for the Strikers’ last two group games next weekend.

England’s Lauren Winfield who was Taylor’s temporary replacement, will stay on with the Strikers.

“We are of course disappointed that Stafanie is unable to return, but unfortunately these things happen in sport,” said Strikers coach Luke Williams.

“We’re really grateful however, that Lauren has been able to stay on longer as she’s just been fantastic around the group and brings a lot, on and off the field.

“We need to just now concentrate on our final few games and cementing our place in the top four.”

Taylor was crucial for the Sydney Thunder over the past four WBBL series, however, the Strikers have benefitted from the classy all-rounder in just two games this year before she had to fly home for international duty.

The all-rounder will now take the time to rest and recuperate ahead of the Courts Women’s T20 GrandSlam Franchise Tournament carded to take place between December 3-13 in Trinidad and Tobago.

The move is also no doubt a strategic one by Cricket West Indies as they try to ensure all their players are healthy ahead of the 2020 ICC Women’s World T20 in Australia. The team has recently been plagued with a number of high profile injuries which include their hard hitting all-rounder, Deandra Dottin, opening seamers, Shakera Selman and Shamilia Connell, as well as others who have since recovered. CWI will be hoping that their players remain fit, particularly given their recent poor showing without the above mentioned players and particularly Taylor.

Stafanie Taylor Excited About Courts T20 Grand Slam Debut

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The countdown to the 3rd edition of the Courts Women’s T20 Grand Slam Franchise Tournament is on and in 2019 it will feature none other than WI skipper, Stafanie Taylor. 

“I am really looking forward to participating in the Courts T20 Grand Slam this year. I have participated in the WWBL and the Kia Super League for the past few years and being a part of that energy and atmosphere, I have always wanted to have something like that back in the Caribbean,” said Taylor 

Taylor, currently ranked as the no. 3 All-rounder in the world and no. 4 on the batters list, hopes that the tournament can invigorate further interest in the women’s game from players, fans and sponsors alike.

“Women’s cricket is really growing globally; thousands of people come out to watch these leagues, and lots of sponsors back teams. I would love to see that level of excitement and interest in women’s cricket in the Caribbean,” she said. “We have a lot of talent coming from all the islands, and the support of the fans is needed”.

She commended the Trinidad and Tobago Women’s Cricket Association for the initiative, as well as Cricket West Indies for providing further support. “I have to commend both the TTWCA and CWI as well as all other sponsors and team owners for helping to make this tournament happen. We are heading into the T20 World Cup next year and this is going to provide some much needed playing time for the girls who will eventually make the team.

Taylor will line up for the Southern Titans in this year’s tournament which bowls off on December 3 with the Grand Final on December 13th.

Courts T20 Grand Slam Franchise Bowls off in December

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The 3rd Edition of the Courts Women’s T20 Grand Slam Franchise Tournament will take place from December 3-13. Each of the four Franchises will have a full complement of West Indies Stars.

Courts continues their support of the Tournament for a 3rd consecutive year, while Cricket West Indies will continue their support for the event ensuring that the top West Indies Players are available. 

This year, defending 2018 captain Anisa Mohammed, of LCB Contractors Central Sharks, will come up against the likes of Stafanie Taylor, Afy Fletcher, Britney Cooper, Hayley Matthews and Stacy-Ann King to name a few. This will be Taylor’s debut in the tournament. 

Speaking on behalf of the Trinidad and Tobago Women’s Cricket Association (TTWCA), past West Indies Captain, Merissa Aguilleira shared her expectation for a bigger, better event, thanks to the support of various stakeholders. 

“We are pleased to continue our partnership with Courts this year and welcome Cricket West Indies’ increased support for the event,” said Aguilleira. “This tournament is the first and only women’s cricket franchise event in this region and our goal is to grow it into one of the biggest franchise events in the world.” She also thanked the other sponsors on board thus far.

Aguilleira promises an exciting, action packed tournament, noting that it was initially postponed to ensure that all WI players would be available. This she explained was to guarantee high quality competition and entertainment. As a former West Indies captain, she also feels the tournament will be a good opportunity for WI players, as well as aspiring ones, to hone their skills ahead of the upcoming 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia. 

For Courts, their support is simply a continuation of its commitment to community and sport. “We are very proud of this tournament, we have seen it grow tremendously over the past two years and expect that it will continue on its upward trajectory,” said Nicole Loney-Mills

Corporate Social Responsibility Regional Officer, Unicomer.  “Other countries are investing heavily in women’s cricket and leagues such as the Women’s Big Bash and Kia Super League have grown in stature. Both have contributed to the development of the Australian and England Women’s teams and we believe this tournament will play a significant role in developing the WI Women in the coming years. We are simply happy to do our part”

The local franchises include defending champs, LCB Central Sharks, runners up, Southern Titans, Trident Sports Phoenix and UDECOTT North Starblazers. Matches will take place at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy, UWI Spec and the National Cricket Center. Tournament updates can be found @cwomensports on FB and Instagram as well as at caribbeanwomensports.com


UDECOTT North Starblazers:


Southern Titans


Replacement during Stafanie Taylor’s absence: Qiana Joseph

LCB Contractors Central Sharks


Trident Sports Phoenix


Replacement during Hayley Matthews absence: Sheneta Grimmond

T20 Blaze Champions 2018 – Jamaica

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Jamaica become the 2018 CWI Women’s Regional T20 Blaze Champions

Barbados Hunt for Regionals Title

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The Barbados women’s cricket team have a point to prove. They pack a star studded line-up that includes hard hitting Deandra Dottin, World no. all-rounder, Haley Matthews, WI opening bowlers, Shakera Selman and Shamilia Connell and WI batswoman, Kycia Knight. However, they often struggle to execute… they are hoping that this year, they can come together to lift the CWI T20 Blaze title.

Jamaica Go for Gold

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Jamaica hosted the 2018 Cricket West Indies Women’s Regional Tournament and expressed their intent to capture the title on home soil, making history as the only team to do so on two occasions.

Wayne Samuel

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“I think that in Trinidad and Tobago, we need to acknowledge the importance of women in sports and I think that once we acknowledge that women are important in sport, I think that they can perform at the highest level in any discipline” – Wayne Samuel

Kwanieze John

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“There is value in presenting who you are to what you do.” – Kwanieze John

Kwanieze Johntalks about challenges with women in sport, finding inner beauty and facing challenges.

Kwanieze John talks about challenges with women in sport, finding inner beauty and facing challenges.

Rachel Vincent Blasts Starblazers Home

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Follow CWESN on Facebook or Twitter for live score updates during matches as well as everything happening with the Courts Women’s T20 Grandslam Franchise Tournament

The Courts Women’s T20 Grandslam Franchise Tournament blasted off last night with action between UDECOTT Starblazers and Trident Sports Phoenix at the National Cricket Center (NCC) Couva. The other scheduled match between LCB Sharks and TECU Titans was called off however due to a wet outfield at the FCB Clarke Road Ground. Both teams will share points from that match.

Spectators who turned out to watch the match at NCC were not disappointed though as they were treated to some exciting cricket that saw scores in excess of 150. Starblazers won the toss and elected to field first in a decision that would pay off in the end as they eventually won the match by seven wickets.

Led by WI all-rounder Stacy Ann King, Phoenix struggled to get a good start, losing three wickets by the 5th over. But King and WI wicket-keeper batswoman, Reniece Boyce consolidated to steady the ship for their side. Boyce was stumped in the 14th over off the bowling of Alice Collins for 18, but King continued on to lead her side to a formidable total of 153 at the end of their 20 overs. She was not out on 78 from 61 balls.

Starblazers skipper, Lee-Ann Kirby was the pick of the bowlers, finishing with figures of 4/21 from her four over allotment.

The total seemed to be a formidable one, but T&T senior batswoman, Rachel Vincent was up to the task. Vincent smashed 83 from 63 balls to lead her team to victory with 5 balls to spare. She was named player of the match for her match winning performance.

Speaking after the game, Kirby commended her team for coming out and executing their game plan as they look to defend their title. “We just need to work hard, practice, be more relaxed and stay positive in our matches.” she said. Kirby also thanked the sponsors and fans for their support and urged more people to come out to the matches.

For her team’s part, King lamented the poor fielding she believes was responsible for their loss, but believes her team can bounce back today as her players have the potential to be match winners.

“To be selected to a franchise team you have to have something about you. The players have the potential so its a matter of all of us correcting the wrongs we did today (yesterday) and looking forward to tomorrow (today).”

Matches continue today with UDECOTT Starblazers meeting LCB Sharks at NCC, while TECU Titans will play Trident Sports Phoenix at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy. Both matches start at 7pm. Entrance is free.


Courts T20 Grand Slam Tournamnet 2018 Trident Sports Phoenix v Udecott North Starblazers

Wednesday, July 18 2018 (18:53) at NCC

Udecott North Starblazers Won By 7 wickets

Udecott North Starblazers won toss and decided to field

Trident Sports Phoenix Udecott North Starblazers

153 for 5 (20.0 overs) 154 for 3 (19.1 overs)

1 Hour, 28 Minutes. 1 Hour, 33 Minutes.

Trident Sports Phoenix

Batsman   Runs Balls Mins 4s 6s Dots S/r

R Dolabaille st N Mc Lean b L Kirby 4 6 24 0 0 3 66.67

K Knight+ c K Alexander b L Kirby 12 10 9 1 0 5 120.00

A Gomez lbw b L Kirby 0 4 3 0 0 4 0.00

S King* not out  78 61 75 7 1 21 127.87

R Boyce st N Mc Lean b A Collins 18 21 35 2 0 9 85.71

S Connell st N Mc Lean b L Kirby 20 19 28 1 0 7 105.26

K Ramharack not out  0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00

T Smartt

S Ragoonath

A Collins

S Nowrang

Extras 4b 3lb 13w 1nb 0pen 21

Provisional Score For Innings 153

Penalties awarded following Innings 0

Total 153 for 5

Bowler O M R W Wd Nb Dots S/r Econ 4s 6s

L Kirby 4.0 1 21 4 1 (1) 0 (0) 15 6.25 5.25 2 0

K Alexander 4.0 0 35 0 3 (9) 0 (0) 9 0.00 8.75 2 0

D Joseph 1.0 0 10 0 0 (0) 0 (0) 2 0.00 10.00 1 0

J Morgan 1.0 0 12 0 1 (2) 0 (0) 3 0.00 12.00 2 0

A Collins 4.0 0 17 1 1 (1) 0 (0) 9 25.00 4.25 0 0

A Samaroo 4.0 0 39 0 0 (0) 1 (1) 6 0.00 9.75 3 1

S Gajnabi 2.0 0 12 0 0 (0) 0 (0) 5 0.00 6.00 1 0

Udecott North Starblazers

Batsman   Runs Balls Mins 4s 6s Dots S/r

R Vincent not out  83 63 93 7 2 23 131.75

L Kirby* lbw b S Ragoonath 6 15 25 0 0 11 40.00

J Morgan c T Smartt b S King 30 15 30 1 3 5 200.00

N Mc Lean+ c S Connell b K Ramharack 11 9 14 1 0 3 122.22

S Gajnabi not out  16 13 22 1 0 3 123.08

K Alexander

S O’neil

F Jack

A Collins

D Joseph

A Samaroo

Extras 0b 2lb 6w 0nb 0pen 8

Provisional Score For Innings 154

Penalties awarded following Innings 0

Total 154 for 3

Bowler O M R W Wd Nb Dots S/r Econ 4s 6s

S Connell 3.0 0 18 0 1 (1) 0 (0) 10 0.00 6.00 2 0

S Ragoonath 4.0 0 20 1 1 (1) 0 (0) 11 25.00 5.00 1 0

A Collins 2.0 0 23 0 3 (3) 0 (0) 6 0.00 11.50 1 2

T Smartt 2.0 0 23 0 0 (0) 0 (0) 3 0.00 11.50 2 1

K Ramharack 4.0 0 35 1 1 (1) 0 (0) 9 25.00 8.75 1 2

S King 3.0 0 21 1 0 (0) 0 (0) 6 18.00 7.00 2 0

S Nowrang 1.1 0 12 0 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 0.00 10.29 1 0

  Man of the Match: Rachel Vincent

ajnabi 16* off 13

Bowlers- Trindents

S. Ragoonath 4-20-1

S. Connell 3-18-1

S. Ramharack 4- 35-1

Man of the Match: Rachel Vincent 

The T20 Tournament the WI Can No Longer Afford

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A couple weeks ago; Jamaica won the Cricket West Indies T20 Blaze Tournament – big congrats to them. The defending champs, T&T finished third and Barbados finished second in what can only be described as a heart breaking and most disappointing finish to a great tournament played… up to that point. 


A week later, Barbados continued their fine form, picked up bonus points in every match played and this time, their unbeaten run counted for something and they became the new Super50 Champions. 



If i’m being honest though, outside of Barbados’ run up until their fifth round match, I was not at all impressed with the majority of cricket played throughout the event. It was another year of sub par team and individual performances, outside of a handful of players  and not majority WI players.

West Indies teams are known to be one of the most exciting teams in T20 cricket not just because of their flair, but also because of their unpredictability. Their long term team and player form are never real indicators of their ability to show up when it really matters, and of course, T20 cricket is a funny game – anything can happen on the day.

That being said however, if I were part of the coaching staff of the West Indies Women’s cricket team, I would be just a touch bit worried following their annual T20 tournament. Of course … that could have been said at the tournament just prior to them winning the ICC Women’s T20 two years ago as well.

But contrary to the many minds blown during last years’ ICC Women’s World Cup, anyone following women’s cricket in the two years leading up to that event, would have predicted the results of the WIW, maybe not the South Africa result, but the performances were surely on the cards. And the team selection would have cemented all predictions.

A time is coming in international women’s cricket when we must, as a region, move away from hoping that we fire on the day. In fact, I believe that that time is already upon us. Our players have to begin producing consistent performances throughout the year and especially when they come down a level, like in the T20 Blaze.

Hayley Matthews top scored at the end of the competition with 167 runs from 5 matches and the leading wicket taker was a part-timer – Chedean Nation – who is selected largely as a batswoman at the international level. It should also be noted that WI skipper, Stafanie Taylor was injured in Jamaica’s fourth round encounter with T&T and thus did not bat in that innings, while she also nursed that same injury in the following match. She managed 38, but it was a patient innings lacking her usual flair, no doubt due to that injury. 

Otherwise, no other WI player dominated in a tournament that is nowhere near the international standard they are accustomed to. Such is always the case, year after year, but as mentioned before, based on the developments around the world, this may no longer be acceptable. As we saw in the WWC last year, other countries are now reaping the rewards of having invested time and resources in developing the future of their teams.

Also noteworthy is the fact that the WI women have been engaged in two, month long camps this year in preparation for the upcoming ICC Women’s T20 World Cup. That’s two months, out of less than 6 that they were in camp. The second of those camps ended just under two weeks before the start of the T20 Blaze. It can therefore be assumed, that even if the other players were not adequately prepared, the WI players were. Yet, we did not really see any real positive result.

There were some exciting matches played, but looking at the overall team performances, much was also left to be desired.

Guyana lost two wickets chasing 50 runs against the weakest team in the tournament and the highest total of 143 came in Windward Islands match against Leeward Islands (the team that finished last and without a win).

The defending champions, T&T, were out of the competition half-way through, thanks to their late arrival to the format of cricket they were actually playing. On all accounts and comments, it seems they were preparing for the 50-over competition, up until the 4th round. Barbados lived up to their reputation of ‘only being good on paper’ yet another year (worrying considering their players make up nearly half the WIW team) and Jamaica, though champions, played very sloppy cricket in the end. Though, to their credit, drop catches, poor batting and misfielding or not, they held their nerve where Barbados could not, and such a thing is always most crucial in any final. It’s not just about how much runs you make or wickets you take.

It’s easy to look back on a tournament and sing praises and hand out congratulations without really analyzing the performances, but unless we eventually do that in a serious way, the West Indies Women will be in for some trouble moving forward.

It’s also easy to look at the performances from the perspective of individual teams, but let’s consider that if everyone doesn’t develop, then the entire region actually suffers. We need to remember that the regional tournament is where WI players are scouted and selected. In the larger scheme of things, countries are just clubs in a sense. This is the field where our international players come from, and it seems as though the field needs watering. And it gives one an indication of why the same players have been in constant rotation for years, despite mediocre performances.

The top three teams are the top three teams because they consist largely of the top players. Barbados has the most, with Deandra Dottin, Hayley Matthews, Shakera Selman, Shamilia Connell and Kycia Knight. Usually if not for an injury, Kyshona Knight is counted among them. T&T has three senior WI players in former skipper, Merissa Aguilleira, Anisa Mohammed and Britney Cooper, former WI all-rounder, Stacy-Ann King and current new comers to the team, Reniece Boyce and Felicia Walters. Jamaica has the least, with two – Stafanie Taylor and Chedean Nation.

The other regular WI players are Affy Fletcher (Windward Islands), who did not play due to injury, Akeira Peters and Quiana Joseph (Windward Islands), and Tremaine Smartt (Guyana). Shemaine Campbell who was recently dropped from the team had a fairly decent tournament with the bat and gloves. She led her team from the front in most matches.

The only solution of course is to provide each territory with more resources so that more work can be put into developing players and players can play more cricket throughout the year. This is the obvious solution, but as is always the obvious challenge, money makes this an issue.

Players also need to take more responsibility and step up when they are called, or rather put their hands up when they know their team needs them. International players should stand out, not fit in with players, many of who only play that single tournament each year. For many years, many of our international players have been seamlessly fitting in with players who do not play half the amount of cricket they do, nor at that level. 

Getting quality cricket when countries only play a single, two-week tournament each year is no easy task. Some teams only prepare a month or so before the tournament.

The current strategy doesn’t seem to be improving regional cricket. And if cricket at the regional level does not improve, then the international cricket team won’t either. And this would be all well and good, if the rest of the world were not investing heavily in their women. But it is, and the WI needs to do more to keep up. Long gone are the days when we could rely solely on talent when everyone else is merging talent with technology and proper preparation. notably, after the team’s embarrassing outing at its’ last World Cup, the CWI has endeavored to make changes to its preparation process. Hopefully this is not only because the WI are hosting the event. But rather because it has rightfully acknowledged that 1 week camps before tours and limited exposure for new players cannot work anymore. 

Either way, regardless of the challenges, a way forward must be found. Do we sit back and be complacent? Or honest and critical in order to get the job done?

West Indies Women Training During Sri Lanka Series

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WI Off-Spinner, Anisa Mohammed Gives Back

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WI Women off-spinner, Anisa Mohammed, gives back to her community over the Christmas period. The Trinidadian shared a bit about her challenges growing up, the support she received from her community and how it has impacted her life as a role model and international cricketer.

Raj: Don’t compare us to male cricketers

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India women’s captain Mithali Raj has made it clear that female cricketers should hold their own and not be compared to their male counterparts.

On the eve of the Women’s World Cup, Raj, who was attending the opening dinner and media roundtable event, was asked who her favourite men’s cricketer was between India and Pakistan, and had a snappy response.

“Do you ask the same question to a male cricketer? Do you ask them who their favourite female cricketer is?” she said to the journalist in question. “I have always been asked who’s your favourite cricketer but you should ask them who their favourite female cricketer is.”

Though Raj plays for what is the most popular and well-supported cricketing nation in the world, she was equally quick to point out that the Indian women do not receive the same amount of publicity as their superstar men.

“There’s a lot of difference because we are not a regular on television. Now the BCCI has made an effort that the last two home series have been televised and social media has improved a lot of it but there is a still a lot of catch-up to do in terms of recognition,” she said.

Despite that, she conceded to needing to lean on the expertise of the men’s game, especially in the coaching department. Earlier this year, Tushar Arothe replaced Purnima Rau as the Indian women’s coach and Raj admitted the team has benefitted under his guidance.

“Men’s cricket sets the bar. We are always trying to reach where they set the standard. All of us follow men’s cricket because we want at some point that women’s cricket would be up there,” she said. “All of us at some point have been coached by a male cricketer. I strongly believe that they get a lot of intensity into the training sessions. They are very hard taskmasters.

“I believe that if you are representing your country, your country should get the best of the best. It’s nothing to do with women coaches [who] don’t have the ability, they do. but if you really want to push the team to the highest level, you need to have somebody who is a tough taskmaster so that the girls really put in the intensity in their training sessions and they carry that into the main tournaments.”

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo’s South Africa correspondent

‘Aesthetics over athletics’ in women’s sport coverage

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Let’s start here at home. After Tomas Walsh won bronze in the men’s shot put, the New Zealand Herald headlined its story with “Walsh becomes first Kiwi to medal in Olympic field event”.

That’s unless you count Valerie Adams just a week ago. Or, in fact, Yvette Williams, New Zealand’s first ever woman Olympic gold medallist, and long jump world record holder from February 1954 to September 1955. Walsh is the first New Zealand man to win a medal in the Olympic field events. The Herald corrected their mistake quickly.

The Chicago Tribune has been widely criticised for a tweet, in which they referred to three-time Olympian Corey Cogdell-Unrein not by her name or her achievements, but as the “wife of a Bears’ lineman”.

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The newspaper later apologised, saying Cogdell-Unrein is “awesome on her own” and that they “focused too hard on trying to emphasize the local connection [she] has to Chicago”.

The Tribune wasn’t the only one to get in trouble on Twitter. After Netherlands cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten crashed in the road race, she tweeted to say she had some injuries and fractures but would be fine. “Most of all super disappointed after best race of my career.”

In a now-deleted Tweet, “Martin A Betancourt” replied “first lesson in bicycling, keep your bike steady… whether fast or slow”. That prompted choruses of “mate, she’s an Olympic cyclist. She probably already knows”.

American swimmer Michael Phelps is retiring with 28 medals, the most decorated Olympian of all time. So he’s pretty good headline fodder. Still, you’d think Katie Ledecky – herself a five-time medallist – smashing her own record in the 800 metres freestyle could get her top billing.

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Cambridge University analysed millions of words relating to men and women, and how they’re described at the Olympics.

“Language around women in sport focuses disproportionately on the appearance, clothes and personal lives of women,” they found, “highlighting a greater emphasis on aesthetics over athletics.”

It also found that the words used for men’s sport include more dominant words, like “mastermind”, “win” and “battle,” where women “strive” and “participate”.

That’s nothing on the BBC commentator who referred to a women’s judo final as a “catfight”.

(Here at RNZ, we also called a woman gymnast’s moves “sassy,” so we are not above criticism.)

The US’ Dana Vollmer won two gold medals in the pool at the Olympics – and just 17 months after giving birth to her son. The toll pregnancy and childbirth take on a woman’s body, and coming back from that to perform at the highest level, means that is a relevant thing to mention – just maybe not in every single headline. In the Sevens final, the Sky Sport commentator also referred to one of New Zealand’s players as “the only mother in the team”.

Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszu broke the world record when she won the 400 metre individual medley. In a possible attempt to praise her coach and husband, Shane Tusup, NBC‘s Dan Hicks referred to him as “the man responsible” for her performance.

As South Africa’s Sunette Viljoen threw for the gold medal in the javelin (she won silver), the commentator was less interested in her performance and more on how it would make her coach feel. “She’s got a silver medal, but now he’s got a chance for gold. Now, can Viljoen take this home to South Africa? It’d make a very happy man in Terseus Liebenberg, you can be sure.”

Spare a thought for the US’ Gabby Douglas. She didn’t have a great Games, winning the gold medal in the team event, but failing to defend her 2012 all-around title. She received criticism for not placing her hand on her heart during the anthem, her hair and for failing to smile enough. She’s even been called “crabby Gabby”.

Beach volleyball has always been a controversial Olympic sport. In 2012, then-London Mayor Boris Johnson talked about “semi-naked women playing volleyball in the middle of the Horse Guards Parade immortalised by Canaletto… glistening like wet otters”.

At Rio, the talking point was around Egyptian athlete Doaa Elghobashy wearing a long-sleeved uniform and hijab.

The internet was quick to point out Elghobashy chooses to wear the hijab. She told AP “I have worn the hijab for 10 years… It doesn’t keep me away from the things I love to do, and beach volleyball is one of them.”

Chinese swimmer Fu Yuanhui has been one of the stars of Rio, thanks, in part, to her incredibly meme-worthy reaction to finding out she had won a bronze medal.

But the swimmer also won hearts when she apologised for not swimming well enough. Her reason? She had her period. “It’s because my period came yesterday, so I felt particularly tired.”

“Someone accused Fu of lying, asking how she could have gone in the water on her period,” the BBC reports Weibo user Dvingnew as writing. Her statement has opened a door to an important conversation.

A shout-out to Andy Murray though. The tennis player was speaking to the BBC’s John Inversdale who said, “You’re the first person ever to win two Olympic tennis gold medals. That’s an extraordinary feat isn’t it?”

Murray replied, “Well, to defend the singles title. I think Venus and Serena have won about four each, But haven’t defended the singles title before, so yeah, it’s obviously not an easy thing to do.”

* This story has been edited as it incorrectly suggested Beatrice Faumuina won gold in an Olympics at Athens in 1997. She did win gold at the Athletics World Championships in Athens that year.

AFLW: Media coverage of women’s competition ‘almost inconceivable’

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Damian McIvor – http://www.abc.net.au/

The media success of the new women’s AFL competition is “almost inconceivable” and the game has broken new ground where netball and soccer could not, an expert says.

The opening round of the inaugural league attracted more than 1.7 million viewers nationally across Friday and Saturday night on free-to-air-television, while more than 50,000 fans attended the four games in Melbourne and Adelaide.

“It is really amazing,” media analyst Dr Kate Greenwood said.

“How they have used the media really intelligently to engage the audience, how they have worked with broadcasters to get it on prime time and also for the audience to watch that in record numbers.”

Dr Greenwood was the co-author of a study into the Australian media’s coverage of women’s sport in 2010. The report, Towards a level playing field: sport and gender in Australian media, was conducted on behalf of the Australian Sports Commission, and found women sport accounted for less than 10 per cent of all sports coverage across the country.

“It was a finding that I don’t think necessarily surprised everyone, but it was quite sobering,” she said.

“It was this sort of dead-lock or chicken and the egg scenario, where athletes’ profiles are simply lower, media outlets are not necessarily going to send their journalists to games if they are not sure the audience exists.”

Dr Greenwood said there had been “piece-meal” progress made by netball, soccer and other codes in recent years, but nothing like what she has witnessed with women’s AFL.

“It was almost inconceivable … getting broadcasters to take the risk to show the sport, and then of course engaging all the fans and supporters as well. This is really the dream scenario,” she said.

Build for sustainable competition, not short-term success

It is also a dream scenario for television broadcasters Seven and Foxtel, who have signed a two-year broadcast deal with the league to broadcast the games, without having to pay any rights fees.

While the early success of the competition has come as a surprise to many, those who have worked closely with the women’s code say its potential has long been evident.

“I was not surprised with what we ended up with [on the weekend],” Chyloe Kurdas, a former women’s football manager with AFL Victoria, said.

“We have always known that we were sort of sitting on a gold mine with female football, and it was just a matter of convincing everyone that they had a gold mine there waiting for them.”

Ms Kurdas is convinced the league can eventually expand to 18 teams with fully-paid professional footballers, but she said the growth needed to be managed.

“We don’t want an amazing competition for two years but we overinvest and then by year three we have run out of money,” she said.

“You want to make sure that we are building something that is sustainable and we want this to be around for 100 years.”

When will the media meet the challenge of giving proper coverage to women’s sport?

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Tracey Holmes – http://www.abc.net.au/

Following a day when there was more coverage of a stomach ache suffered by one male commentator of one male sport than there was for the entire gamut of women’s sports being played at the moment, a very serious question remains unanswered.

Why, on the eve of 2017, is the media still failing to report women’s sport adequately while Mark Nicholas’ abdominal distress is national news?

Having covered sport for more than 20 years with NewsCorp Julie Tullberg now teaches digital journalism at Monash University.

“Yeah it’s pretty funny, I covered AFL many years ago for the Australian and I’ve been unwell but when I left the coverage no-one could be bothered writing about what I went through — if I was pregnant, or whatever — but with men, for someone live on air for a big event like a Test match, that’s newsworthy because they have such a large audience,” Tullberg told ABC NewsRadio.

Turn on the radio, television, or go online during the ‘summer of sport’ and there are updates galore on cricket, basketball and football (the round-ball variety).

But you would be excused for thinking only men play these games despite the fact there are concurrent women’s domestic competitions being played at the moment.

In a country where there are four times as many journalists accredited to cover the AFL than federal politics you would be right to suggest sport is a key component of the national culture.

The past 18 months or so in Australia have been record breaking for women’s sport … new competitions, new pay deals and a new level of respect from sports bodies themselves.

Unfortunately, though, that doesn’t seem to extend to day-to-day mainstream media coverage.


Not even the national broadcaster, with a charter that specifically mentions ‘national identity’ and ‘cultural diversity’, offers a fair balance of coverage between men’s and women’s sport.

“Yeah it’s a big question … its something that we’ve been addressing for many, many years,” Tullberg said.

“I went before a senate enquiry 10 years ago and we still haven’t seen significant changes or a boost in the coverage of women’s sport, and I really believe it’s hard to change that culture of a domination of men’s sport in our country.

“And when we have so many men who call the shots in the newsroom we’re still seeing these patterns of dominance and I really believe commercial deals and media partnerships with sporting groups influence the level of coverage we’re still seeing for men.”

Sports championing change better than media

While the media remains unable at best, unwilling at worst, to meet the challenge of covering women’s sport, the sports organisations themselves are meeting the issue head on.

Chief executives like Gillon McLachlan, at the AFL, and Richmond’s Brendon Gale are members of the Elite Sport Male Champions of Change.

They are part of a select group, which has at least turned the corner.

“What I’ve noticed recently is there have been improvements in press coverage for women’s AFL in the Herald Sun and the Age in Melbourne,” Tullberg said.

“And there’s more people being employed to cover the game in Victoria which is great, some of our graduates are now in those positions which is tremendous.”

Any criticism highlighting this sort of media disparity attracts the usual responses — something along the tired old line that nobody is interested in women’s sport.

It is the ‘chicken or the egg’ conundrum: what comes first, interest in the product or promotion of the product that creates the interest?

“I know for a fact when I drove sports coverage for netball at the Sunday Herald Sun many years ago it really boosted participation,” Tullberg said.

“I had a whole page every week and we worked with a sponsor to help promote that partnership and it did drive the audience, it had a great response.”

So what would be the response if a particular media organisation took the lead and reported women’s sport as a top agenda item rather than an afterthought at the end of men’s sports coverage?

“Well it has happened before when Louise Evans [former sports editor] was at the Australian,” Tullberg said.

“She was a fantastic driver and promoter of women’s sport and addressed the issues very carefully.

“However, apart from Chloe Saltau at The Age, there are male sports editors around the country … I think it has to be driven from the editor and if the editor is sympathetic to the need for women to be in the media and have the issues presented regularly that is really important.”

It is a challenge the newly re-branded national broadcaster is charter-bound to take the lead on.

Media Coverage of Women’s Sports Is Important

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By Donna A. Lopiano, Ph.D., President, Sports Management Resources

The media shapes the public’s perceptions of the accomplishments of women playing sports and whether women in general can be strong, confident and highly skilled. The media also shapes the dreams and aspirations of girls. Boys grow up watching television, bombarded by heroic and confident images of themselves playing sports and being revered for their accomplishments. They know they are expected to play sports and are encouraged to do so by everyone around them.Girls do not receive these messages.

Television carriage is also a critical ingredient for the success of professional women’s sports and competitive professional sport salaries and purses. If women’s pro sports cannot tap into big advertising dollars, athlete salaries and purses will continue to be depressed and the financial success of women’s pro leagues and tours will be more difficult to achieve.

Currently, television coverage of women’s sports is inconsistent at best and non-existent most of the time. While the exposure of female athletes improves during the Olympic Games and World Cup soccer where they demonstrate ratings successes, these are only quadrennial occurrences.And while ESPN does a great job during the NCAA women’s basketball Final Four, at other times of the year, girls receive negative or inconsistent messages from sports television. Televised WNBA games are played during a shortened summer season by players making 10-20 times less than their male counterparts. At best, women professional athletes make half as much as male athletes (in tennis), no matter how good they are, and the media continually reinforces these differences.

Girls also see a double standard in covering women’s sports. When male athletes receive media attention, such coverage is primarily focused on their skilled performance. When female athletes receive media attention, the media is much more likely to focus on their physical attractiveness or non-sport-related activities. Anna Kournikova, who has yet to win a professional tennis tournament, was one of only six women ranked among the most important people in sports. This double standard devalues the athletic achievements of female athletes compared to their male counterparts.

Implications for Sports Managers:

  • Commitment to Non-Sexist Communications.  A great resource for both sport managers and the sports media is Images and Words, a position paper published by the Women’s Sports Foundation. This should be a resource used by every sports information director, communications officer and sports writer who is committed to non-sexist publications and writing.
  • TV Contract Negotiations.  Exposure of all men’s and women’s sports programs should be a goal, even if the carrier or third party broker is only interested in the most popular sport program.  TV carriage of events represents free advertising for the university and the athletics program.  When so-called “minor” sports are covered, this sport promotion is an investment in developing the value of other sports in the athletics department portfolio.
  • Coaches Shows.  Encourage coaches with TV or radio shows to “share the wealth” by commenting regularly on other teams, including women’s sports.
  • Publications.  The communications director needs to play careful attention to photos and words in all organization communications.  Sexist language and image stereotyping is never intentional but a reflection of culturally ingrained habits.
  • Media Cultivation.  The issue of increased exposure for women’s sports is a great conversation between the athletics director and the sports editor or reporters.  Remember that newspaper circulation is declining and the sports pages represent an important circulation anchor.  Covering all high school boys’ and girls’ sports teams in the community has been a key strategy for local papers.  Parents buy newspapers.  Research also shows that what gets into a newspaper has little to do with “public interest” and is more about what interests the sports editor.
  • Media Training.  All athletes and coaches should be media trained with regard to sexist language and proper professional dress.
  • Public Interest Stories.  All print and electronic media are interested in public interest stories.  Sports information and communications directors should constantly remind coaches to share story angles about student-athletes.