Confident New Zealand arrive

Jamaica Gleaner article.

Kingston, Jamaica - New Zealand's Women's cricket coach, Katrina Keenan, said after taking the off-season to rebuild and prepare, they are looking forward to a rematch with West Indies Women.

The two, who are set to face off in a three-match One Day International series beginning on Sunday at Sabina Park, met during the Super Six stage of the ICC Women's World Cup in February.

Led by a player-of-the-match performance from Trinidadian off-spinner Anisa Mohammed, West Indies came out on top by 48 runs and with the victory, progressed to the final.

For New Zealand, who were held to 159 in search of 208 for victory, the result also ended their campaign, which had them as favourites to advance to the final along with Australia.

The Australians eventually defeated West Indies in the final.

"We lost to the West Indies in the World Cup, however, since then, we have had a comprehensive build-up over the off-season," said Keenan, who, along with members of the team, arrived in the country yesterday.

"We are, therefore, confident in our preparations and are looking forward to the rematch, which we hope will end with us coming out on top."

A strong, balanced unit

The series, which will see the second game being played next Tuesday and the final game next Thursday at the same venue, will, according to Keenan, see the White Ferns parading a strong and balanced unit.

"We have a well-balanced team with a mixture of experienced players, and with the likes of Suzie Bates, who is ranked as the number one in the ODI batting rankings, Nicola Browne, Suzie Bates, and Amy Satterhwaite.

New Zealand Women Squad: Suzie Bates, Erin Bermingham, Nicola Browne, Rachel Candy, Sophie Devine, Natalie Dodd, Maddy Green, Frances Mackay, Morna Nielsen, Katie Perkins, Rachel Priest, Sian Ruck, Amy Satterthwaite, and Lea Tahuhu.

Setback for WI Women

Rain over the past four days has severely affected the preparations of the West Indies Women's team. The Women, who are preparing to face New Zealand at Sabina Park this weekend, were left disappointed after a warm-up match was entirely washed out on Monday.

Then yesterday a scheduled training session was also called off.

Last Saturday, Merissa Aguilleira's XI reached 142 for two off 35 overs, replying to Stafanie Taylor's team's 161 for eight off 55 overs when the rain stopped play. Again, Sunday's light training session was brought to an early end because of showers.

Head coach Sherwin Campbell said they would have liked to have put in more practice but "we have no control over the weather."

Weather permitting, the West Indies Women will have another warm-up game today at Up Park Camp. 

First Published In The Jamaica Gleaner.

Wed, 10/02/2013 - 06:37