Windies Women must lift their standard for 2nd ODI

first_imgBy BRIJ PARASNATHThe West Indies Women senior team must lift their overall standard to conquer their English counterparts and regain some momentum for the major points in the ICC Championship title race.Both teams will resume battle today in the second One-Day International, set to be contested at the Trelawny Multiplex Stadium, Florence Hall, Jamaica.The new-look English team held their nerves and rallied back to defeat West Indies by five runs with thirty three balls remaining in the first encounter of the five-match ODI series at the same venue on Saturday.West Indies bowlers did a marvellous job to restrict the high-scoring English women outfit to 149 in their allotted 50 overs.It was a gettable total but the West Indies players, especially the experienced middle-order batters,failed to overpower relatively unknown newcomers,Sophie Ecclestone and Alexandra Hartley,who destroyed the top and middle-order with their skilful variations.After a promising start of 53-run for the first wicket between Barbadians Hayley Matthews and Shaquana Quintyne, the rest of the players did not apply themselves diligently in order to overhaul the target and register a psychological advantage on the visitors, who arrived in the Caribbean with their reputation enhanced through record-breaking totals to their names and for their country, in their recent series against Pakistan at home.It was a successful start for Heather Knight as England’s new captain following the retirement of the evergreen Charlotte Edwards,who helped to make the English women a feared unit in all three formats of the game.West Indies batters, especially skipper Stafanie Taylor, Deandra Dottin, Britney Cooper and Merissa Aguilleira,must lift their overall batting performances,which will be important in fashioning victories against the current England team that has changed their mindset with the way the execute their game plans.Taylor and Dottin are among the leading run-scorers in the ICC Women’s Championship. Taylor is in fifth position with 658 runs from 13 innings,for an average of 73.11. Her highest score is 98 not out when West Indies registered its highest total of 281 for 5 versus Pakistan in the third ODI at the Beausejour Stadium on October 21, 2015.Dottin is in twelveth spot with 454 runs in 15 innings,for an average of 37.83. Her highest score is 82 not out. Her younger Barbadian compatriot,Matthews,is twenty first with 369 runs from 12 innings for an average of 30.75, while her highest score is 89.Hopefully, Taylor has recovered from the side strain experienced during her innings on Saturday and that she will be able to lead by example as she had done many times previously.As the reigning World T20 champions, West Indies women have the power within the team to create more historical achievements. But the players must rise to the challenge and prove their worth against this English outfit that has been re-modelled.West Indies is at full strength and they must win today to reclaim some momentum for the fierce battle for Championship points which will be at stake in the last three ODIs of this series.last_img read more

Syracuse drops 6 spots to No. 18 in Inside Lacrosse poll

first_imgAfter losing two of three games since the last update, Syracuse (7-5, 0-3 Atlantic Coast) dropped six spots in this week’s Inside Lacrosse poll, to No. 18. It’s the third-straight week the Orange has dropped in the poll.Just hours after last week’s rankings came out, Syracuse lost on the road to now-No. 9 Northwestern. SU snuck out a win at an unranked Princeton, 17-16, that wasn’t decided until the final seconds. But on Saturday, Syracuse returned to the Carrier Dome and was crushed by now-No. 16 Duke, losing 17-10.There are now five ACC teams above the Orange in the poll: No. 2 Boston College, No. 5 North Carolina, No. 10 Virginia, No. 14 Virginia Tech and No. 16 Duke. Three of those teams still remain on SU’s schedule: VT, BC and UNC.Boston College remains one of two undefeated teams in Division I, at 13-0. No. 1 Stony Brook is 9-0.Syracuse’s next game is on the road, when the Orange travels to Baltimore, Maryland, to take on Loyola (Maryland) on Thursday. Loyola is up one spot to No. 6 in this week’s poll after beating two unranked teams last week, American and Boston University.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 2, 2018 at 3:46 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3center_img Commentslast_img read more