Windies opener Hayley Matthews eagerly awaits ICC Women's Championships

By October 03, 2018
Hayley Matthews believes the Windies women will be ready for the world when they host the ICC Women's Championships next month. Hayley Matthews believes the Windies women will be ready for the world when they host the ICC Women's Championships next month.

Windies Women opening bat Hayley Matthews believes playing at home in the ICC World Women’s T20 Championship will be something special for her and her teammates.

The championships, the first stand-alone tournament, will be played in the Caribbean territories of Guyana, St. Lucia and Antigua from November 9-24, and Matthews feels something special is in the air for the home team.’

“Playing in front of our home crowd, on such a momentous occasion, will be amazing!” she said.

Matthews, who scored a match-winning 66 from 45 balls to help the Windies secure their first title in India in 2016, believes she is an even better player now as the championships draw near.

For the past five months, the WINDIES Women have been involved in high-performance camps in Antigua. During that period she has seen her skills develop significantly. She has also witnessed the hunger in her teammates to win another title.

“With the high level of technical training we received at Coolidge (Cricket Ground), the ladies have all had a chance to directly address the negative aspects of their game,” Matthews said, “The aim is to peak at the right time and put our best foot forward in this tournament.”

The Windies are currently as getting in some valuable game practice against the visiting South African team.

The teams played to a 1-1 series draw in the ODIs but the home side currently leads the series 2-0 following wins in Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago.

 The WINDIES Women are currently involved in the Sandals International Home Series versus South Africa Women. After drawing the ODI segment of the series 1-1 in Barbados, the ladies managed to win the first T20 there, before moving on to Trinidad and winning the second.

They will be will be looking to end the possibility of a draw in the five-match series on Thursday, October 4, when both teams meet again at the same venue.

A wet outfield forced the abandonment of the third T20i.

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