Fletcher takes up West Indies women vice-captain role
The Cricket West Indies (CWI) Women’s Selection Panel on Monday named Afy Fletcher as the vice-captain of the West Indies Women’s team for the fourth and fifth T20 Internationals (T20I) against New Zealand Women. West Indies are seeking to win the final two games to win the T20I Series.
The leg-break bowler will take over the role for the last two games of the five-match series from fast bowler Shakera Selman who is unavailable for selection due to injury.
Fletcher has been a steady performer with the ball during the series, taking three wickets at just 4.3 runs per over. In the CG United ODI Series, Fletcher took four wickets at an economy of 4.11 and an average of 21.75 runs per wicket.
“The final two matches will prove to be very critical to the series as it is poised 2-1 at the moment. It has been an enthralling series with some matches being decided in the final few balls. Some of the young players have started to show great development during the series and it is with anticipation that we look forward to their contributions in the final matches,” said Ann Browne-John, Lead Selector for West Indies Women.
“Afy Fletcher has been elevated to the position of vice-captain. Afy is one of the senior players who also is the captain of her regional team as well as being an outstanding international leg-spinner. She will bring the necessary support to the captain at this time.”
The upcoming matches will be played at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 October. The fourth match starts at 10 am local time (9 am Jamaica Time) while the fifth and final match bowls off at 1:30 pm (12:30 pm Jamaica Time). The series has had three exciting and close-run matches already.
West Indies won the first match by one wicket off the last ball, while the visitors took the second match by six wickets with a ball to spare. The White Ferns won a low-scoring third game by five wickets with 8 balls remaining. (CWI)
FULL SQUAD: Hayley Matthews (Captain), Afy Fletcher (Vice Captai n), Aaliyah Alleyne, Shamilia Connell, Cherry-Ann Fraser, Shabika Gajnabi, Shenata Grimmond, Chinelle Henry, Kyshona Knight, Natasha McLean, Chedean Nation, Karishma Ramharack, Rashada Williams
Reserves: Jannillea Glasgow Mandy Mangru
FULL MATCH SCHEDULE
All matches will be played at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium
CG United ODI Series
Monday 19 September: 1st CG United ODI – New Zealand won by 5 runs (DLS Method)
Thursday 22 September: 2nd CG United ODI – New Zealand won by 2 wickets
Sunday 25 September: 3rd CG United ODI – West Indies won by 4 wickets
Wednesday 28 September: 1st T20I – West Indies won by 1 run
Saturday 1 October: 2nd T20I – New Zealand won by 6 wickets
Sunday 2 October: 3rd T20I – New Zealand won by 5 wickets
Wednesday 5 October: 4th T20I, 10 am Eastern Caribbean (9 am Jamaica Time)
Thursday 6 October: 5th T20I, 1:30 pm Eastern Caribbean (12:30 pm Jamaica Time)