Review pays off
KINGSTON – West Indies Women’s captain Merissa Aguilleira says a post-match assessment of their defeat to New Zealand in the first game of their three-match series helped to spur the regional side into staging a come-from-behind effort to claim the series by a 2-1 margin.
West Indies lost the opening match by one run on Sunday, but rebounded to win the second by 89 runs and the third by 95 runs to clinch the series in style.
Aguilleira said winning the series was wonderful as they maintained their four-year unbeaten record on Caribbean soil.
“To win the series is an amazing feeling as it is the first time that we are doing so against New Zealand, who are one of the top teams in women’s cricket,” said the long-standing wicketkeeper and captain.
“It was not easy, as after the first game defeat, we had to look into ourselves deeply and see what we were doing wrong. But the girls responded brilliantly in the second game, and remained on the ball, which allowed us to pull through.”
Aguilleira made significant contributions to the team’s result in the series at Sabina Park. She was the third highest run-scorer and also had five catches and a stumping behind the stumps.
She said the team was looking forward to the upcoming Twenty20 Tri Series in Barbados, which will also feature New Zealand and England.
“We took care of business here in Jamaica and now it’s on to Barbados,” she said.
“We expect the conditions there will be similar to what we experienced here at Sabina Park so we believe we’ll do very well at Kensington Oval.” (CMC)