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Windies Women will get over opening 50-over loss — Logie

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — West Indies Women's coach Gus Logie has backed his side to put Sunday's opening loss to South Africa behind them, and come out swinging in Wednesday's crucial second One-Day International of the three-match series.

The hosts produced a limp performance with the bat, failing to chase down a modest target of 202 and crashing to a 40-run defeat at Kensington Oval.

However, Logie said with much of the preparation having focussed on the side's defence of the Twenty20 World Cup title in November, it was now critical they made the adjustment to the requirements of the 50-overs format.

“It's just a matter of reinforcing the positives and at the end of the day, hope that the players learn from [Sunday's] experience,” the former West Indies batsman said.

“I think the preparation stage was very good so I don't think that any player can critique the fact that we were well prepared in terms of if numbers of balls hit, time in the nets, and it's evident when you look at the nine-ten-Jack (tail-enders), the way they shaped – they shaped pretty well — it gives you courage so I'm sure the top order will take some more responsibility comes Wednesday.”

He added: “It's a work in progress. We keep talking about what we're aiming towards. It's a build-up as well despite the fact it's a competition within itself, but it's a build-up to what happens later in the tournament in terms of the T20s and certainly the T20 World Cup.

“A lot of our preparation, I must admit, has seemed to focus a lot more on the T20 World Cup coming up so we're looking for players to shift a little bit in gear, be a lot more patient — it's 50 overs, a longer version of the game — so it's about spending a bit more time in the middle but I'm certain that we'll do that come Wednesday.”

Windies Women bowled well to restrict South Africa to 201 for nine off their 50 overs, especially after the visitors had cruised to 104 for one in the 28th over.

However, the hosts were then let down by a sloppy batting effort in their run chase with only Shemaine Campbelle, in her first ODI in two years, showing any enterprise with 46.

Logie said the batsmen had failed to apply themselves properly and stressed the importance of senior players taking responsibility.

“I think at the half-way stage we felt really confident that this total was gettable and that we could have chased that down but unfortunately it did not work out,” Logie lamented.

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