LINCOLN, New Zealand — Merissa Aguilleira said she was confident West Indies Women could rebound from defeat in the first One-day International against New Zealand Women on Saturday.
The Windies Women’s captain was speaking, after her side suffered a nine-wicket loss, following an unbroken, century, second-wicket stand between the White Ferns’ captain Suzie Bates and Sara McGlashan on Saturday.
Though Stafanie Taylor hit top score of 36, Kycia Knight made 30 and Shanel Daley got 24, the Caribbean side were restricted to 181 for eight from their allocation of 50 overs, after they chose to bat.
The Windies Women’s bowlers then failed to distinguish themselves, as Bates, with an undefeated 95 from 91 balls to earn the Player-of-the-Match award, and McGlashan, with 60 not out from 61 balls, were the backbone of the home team’s successful chase of 182 for victory at Bert Sutcliffe Oval.
Aguilleira said she believed her side could level the series in the next match due to their track record in similar situations in the past.
“It’s about believing in ourselves and encouraging each other,” Aguilleira told WICB Media. “I believe we will pick things up because it’s not just about us, it’s about representing the people of the Caribbean and we know what we have to offer.
“The management staff believes in us and are giving us that support, we know the areas that we need to work on, and so we will pray and work hard and believe that we can be successful.”
Aguilleira said the failure of the batting to set the team up for a competitive contest was the principal reason for the setback in the first ODI.
“What we had intentions of getting when it comes to our batting, we did not get it,” she said. “We had some good starts, but no one really carried on with the bat – including myself. I am the captain and must do much better.
“We needed to put up a bigger total, and even our fielding and our bowling was not up to scratch and we need to get back into touch.”
She said: “We know we are a good side. We are here to win matches and so it will be to see the areas in which we went wrong and improve them. We need to put more runs on the board, be a lot more consistent with our bowling and our fielding.
“I believe we have the talent in this side to bounce back from this defeat, so I am not worried at all.”
Aguilleira said the unfamiliar conditions played little part in the defeat and expected her side to approach every match with a professional mindset.
“We need to apply ourselves,” she said. “We are professional players and we have got to be able to adjust to different climates and conditions.
“We have been here for two weeks now, and though the weather has been up and down, we have to be able to adjust pretty quickly.”