West Indies are set to host New Zealand for the first time in 8 years for as many as 8 ODI games. The last time both sides had a clash in a bilateral series was way back in 2014 which had the visitors lose the ODI series 4-0 and then bounced back to clinch the T20I series 2-1, winning the final game in a super over.
West Indies and New Zealand are set to play 3 ODI and 5 T20I games from the 16th of September to the 6th of October in Antigua. All the games on the schedule are to be played at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua. West Indies are currently holding a specialist camp that includes some new players. There will be another camp in Antigua after the Women’s CPL which is scheduled to take place from the 31st of August to the 4th of September 2022, which will see all the matches on the schedule being played in Saint Kitts.
New Zealand to tour Caribbean Islands in Sept-Oct for 3 ODIs and 5 T20Is#WIvNZ #CricketTwitter pic.twitter.com/jXCNCZyCoO
— Female Cricket (@imfemalecricket) August 18, 2022
SERIES SCHEDULE – New Zealand Women’s tour of West Indies
|DATE||GAME||TIME (EAST CARIBBEAN)||TIME (JAMAICA TIME)|
|16-Sep-22||1st ODI||9:30 AM||8:30 AM|
|19-Sep-22||2nd ODI||9:30 AM||8:30 AM|
|22-Sep-22||3rd ODI||9:30 AM||8:30 AM|
|26-Sep-22||1st T20I||1:30 PM||12:00 PM|
|28-Sep-22||2ndT20I||1:30 PM||12:00 PM|
|01-Oct-22||3rd T20I||1:30 PM||12:00 PM|
|04-Oct-22||4th T20I||10:00 AM||9:00 AM|
|06-Oct-22||5th T20I||1:30 PM||12:00 PM|
Windies head coach, Courtney Walsh said, “They are a very competitive team, and this will make for a great series for our team. As it comes just after we’ve had the Women’s regional tournaments and the Women’s CPL, it will be a great fillip for our players.”
Walsh further added, “We are currently holding another specialist camp including some new players, and after the Women’s CPL we will have a second camp in Antigua. In addition, the Lead Selector was with the West Indies U19 Women’s team for their series in Florida and have identified some exciting prospects to consider.”
“We will also have an eye on the T20 World Cup around the corner. So, this will give the squad a chance to showcase all their skills, and also give us, the coaching staff, a chance to look at what depth we have,” Walsh concluded.
The last face-off between West Indies and New Zealand was during the World Cup early this year. In game 1 at the World Cup, host New Zealand put West Indies in to bat first and Hayley Matthews played an anchors role alongside Stafanie Taylor, Shemaine Campbelle and Chedean Nation in the middle order who’d had starts.
Matthews finished on 119(128) which saw West Indies post 259 on board for the hosts to chase down. New Zealand in reply lost Suzie Bates early on 3 and Sophie Devine alongside, Amelia Kerr and Amy Satterthwaite managed to stitch partnerships but both departed after having some sort of starts. A middle-order collapse worsened New Zealand’s hold on the game and soon the wicket of Sophie Devine after her century on 108(127) had West Indies excited for the win. Thankfully for New Zealand Katey Martin and Jess Kerr hung in with scores of 44 and 25 respectively, but requiring 6 of the last over couldn’t close the game out as Deandra Dottin dismissed both set batters and then assisting in a run-out Dottin sealed the win for New Zealand in a thriller that had West Indies win the contest by 3 runs.