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Matthews in 13-member West Indies squad

SHERRYLYN CLARKE, [email protected]

Matthews in 13-member West Indies squad

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ST JOHN’S – Uncapped Barbadian all-rounder Hayley Matthews has been named on a 13-member West Indies Women’s squad for their opening series in the ICC Women’s Championship against New Zealand Women starting this weekend.

Matthews, a 16-year-old, who bats right-handed and bowls off-spin, was included in the squad as the Windies Women prepare to battle New Zealand in the first One Day International (ODI) tomorrow at Warner Park in St Kitts.

In July, Matthews dominated the Trinidad and Tobago Women’s Cricket Association Invitational Regional Under-19 tournament and grabbed four wickets for four runs including two in the first over to help lead  Barbados to a 22 run win over T&T in the finals.

The selection panel has recalled all-rounder Britney Cooper who last played an ODI for Windies Women against India Women three years ago.

Talismanic batter Deandra Dottin also makes a return, after missing the previous ODI series against the White Ferns last February in New Zealand.

West Indies Women and New Zealand Women will play four One-day Internationals – the results of the first three matches counting towards their ICC World Cup tally – all at Warner Park in St Kitts.

Three Twenty20 Internationals will follow at the Arnos Vale Multiplex in St Vincent.

The inaugural event will see eight sides play each other in three One-Day Internationals, either at home or away, between 2014 and 2016.

Squad: Merissa Aguilleira (Captain), Stafanie Taylor (Vice Captain), Shemaine Campbelle, Britney Cooper, Shanel Daley, Deandra Dottin, Kycia Knight, Hayley Matthews, Natasha McLean, Anisa Mohammed, Shaquana Quintyne, Tremayne Smartt, Shakera Selman. (CMC)