Aguilleira: One-run loss inspired Windies women
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 trigger the regional side into staging a come-from-behind effort to claim the series.
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.
The captain 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 longstanding wicket keeper 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 today again 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.
She said the team is looking forward to the upcoming T20 Tri Series in Barbados, which will also feature New Zealand and England.
“We took care of business here in Jamaica and now it’s onto Barbados,” said the Windies Women skipper.
“We expect the conditions there will be similar to what we experienced here at Sabina Park so we believe we do very well at Kensington Oval.”
West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Dave Cameron was pleased with the team’s showing.
“I want to congratulate captain, Merissa Aguilleira and the West Indies Women’s team on the magnificent performances which saw them clinch the series against the New Zealand Women,” said Cameron.
“It was a joy to witness their efforts on the field and the way in which they rebounded after losing the opening match.” He described the series win as a “truly brilliant and remarkable display”, and added that they “rebounded like champions”.
“The matches were played in the true spirit of the game and both teams should be proud of their exploits,” Cameron said. —CMC