ARUNDEL, England -- Sherwin Campbell said the West Indies Women’s victory in the final Twenty20 International of their five-match series against England Women on Sunday was very crucial.
The Windies Women’s coach said he hoped the victory could help his side enter this month’s ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Tournament in Sri Lanka in a more positive frame of mind.
Deandra Dottin spurred the Windies Women to a consolatory, three-wicket victory in the match at Arundel, ending England’s 21-match, unbeaten sequence in T20Is, as the hosts won the series 4-1.
“The players knew it was the final match before we leave to head to Sri Lanka for the World T20, and I emphasised to them that we needed a win, so we can get a little bit of momentum going into the World Cup,” said Campbell.
“To their credit, the players relaxed a bit and enjoyed the game more, and their true potential really shone through in this game.”
The former West Indies Men’s opening batsmen said: “The weather was good today; it was a good pitch, and a good outfield. Everything went well for us.
“We came out aggressive, we bowled well, restricted England to a manageable total, and when it came our turn to bat, we batted aggressively and fearlessly, which is what we will have to do on a regular basis to continue to reap success.”
The explosive Dottin was key to the aggressive approach in the batting, leading the way with a brutal 62 off 34 balls, rescuing West Indies from a mid-innings stumble, and helping them avoid being swept in the series.
“Deandra is very explosive at this level, and once she can get a start and get going, there are very few teams that can stop her,” said Campbell.
“She turned up in this game and she played a very good innings, as we know she can. Once she can become consistent and play an innings like this every game or every other game, we will win more games on a consistent basis.
He said: “She has been hitting the ball very well in the nets, but she just could not put a meaningful innings together until now. On her day, I back her to hit the ball all around the park.
“At the end of the day, it comes down to the self belief of the individual, and once she continues to show that self belief, she will continue to score many runs.”
Campbell said the trip to England was an eye opener for a number of the players, many of them playing there for the first time.
He said they had learnt a number of important lessons, which he hoped the players would take on board, particularly for the World T20.
“We are looking forward to going to the World T20, which is being played in Sri Lanka, where conditions are very similar to the West Indies – hot weather, slow pitches, and good outfields,” he said.
“I think we should do well in the tournament and the girls are looking forward to it. . .This tour was a learning experience. It was the first time that many of the players had played in England, and it is always difficult to play here.
“It was a learning curve for the players, although we were competitive at times. They learnt to be more aggressive, especially at the start of the innings, and we need to be more consistent with the ball, especially our fast bowlers because we were not as consistent as we would like with our bowling, and our aggression in the field.”
West Indies travel over the next few days to the Sri Lanka capital of Colombo before starting the World T20 against New Zealand on September 27.