Hayley Matthews is peaking at the right time in the West Indies Women’s high-performance camp as she scored a brilliant century to lead in the latest inter-squad match. The stylish opener made 106 off 110 balls as the Chinelle Henry XI defeated the Aaliyah Alleyne XI by seven wickets at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium this past weekend.
Henry’s XI won the toss and elected to bowl first. Alleyne’s XI scored 103 all out in 40.1 overs. Henry’s XI was then given a revised target of 210 to score off 50 overs, which they reached off 43.3 overs. Matthews struck 11 fours on her way to triple figures, just when her team look to slide home easily to victory, she was caught behind off Anisa Mohammed.
Speaking to CWI Media after, Matthews said, “I am really happy, we’ve been working really hard in camp over the last few weeks and it’s finally good to be able to see some results and hopefully I can carry this form forward into any international matches we may have in the coming months.”
Bowling for Alleyne’s XI, left-arm orthodox Steffie Soogrim finished with 2 for 22 from five overs, followed by right-arm off-spinner Sheneta Grimmond with 2 for 25 from six overs.
Being sent into bat first, Alleyne’s XI never got their scoring off the ground, as newcomer and teenager Zaida James was the sole batter to cross 20. She made a very patient 22 off 89 deliveries before she was run out. Shakera Selman was next best with 15 off 39 and Japhina Joseph with 14 off 39.
Right-arm medium pacer Cherry Ann Fraser was the pick of Henry’s bowlers, finishing with figures of 3-19 from five overs, while Shamilia Connell backed up with her experience and pace finishing with 2 for 20 from 6.1 overs.
The match was set using a format where all players got a chance to bat, bowl and field, as a gauge of applying the skills practiced in the nets in a match simulation. This is the fourth practice match since the start of the camp in May. The players live and train in a bio-secure bubble in Antigua as they prepare for a return to international cricket.