West Indies Women’s head coach, Andre Coley, has hailed last weekend’s practice match as key to the side’s preparations for next week’s five-match Twenty20 series against England.

The inter-squad match, one of two scheduled before the international series gets underway, saw Stafanie Taylor’s XI defeat Deandra Dottin’s XI by eight runs.

“We’ve been here for two weeks doing a combination of various skills sessions in the nets, strength and conditioning and game-planning but [this] was our first time to get as close to a game scenario with this practice match,” Coley said.

“We split the teams as evenly as possible and some very promising performances came out of that.

“Both teams were able to bat the full 20-over innings…players spent time at the crease building partnerships. So that was good to see and we are happy with how things went. Now it’s just about fine-tuning and building momentum leading into the series next week.”

The second practice match is scheduled for today. West Indies Women take on England in the first T20 International next Monday at the Incora County Ground.

The series is being played under strict health protocols and behind closed doors because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

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