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Anisa content with bowling performance

By STEPHON NICHOLAS Tuesday, November 5 2013

WEST INDIES off-spinner Anisa Mohammed says she is unhappy with their 2-0 defeat against New Zealand women in their three-match One-Day International (ODI) series but is content with her bowling performance in the final ODI on Sunday.

After being beaten out of the attack in the second ODI (0/25 from four overs) which the Windies lost by seven wickets, the Trinidadian was back to her normal self with impressive figures of four wickets for 26 runs from 10 overs in the final match but could not stop England from romping to an 89-run win. The first ODI fixtures were abandoned due to rain.

“In the first (second ODI) game it was a bit difficult gripping the ball with the due and the rain that fell. The second (third ODI) game was much better and easier to grip the ball. I’m satisfied with my effort in the second game,” she said.

Mohammed was unable to dismiss England captain Sarah Taylor in the series, though, as the right-handed wicketkeeper/batsman punished the Windies bowlers to claim Player of the Series. With 55 not out in the second ODI and an even century in the finale, Taylor proved a thorn in the side of the regional bowlers.

“Sarah is a good batswoman. She moves around the crease a lot and really makes you think a lot. I just tried to keep focus and keep her off strike to keep the scoring down,” Mohammed explained.

The 25-year-old acknowledged that the batters let the Windies down in the series, the Windies being dismissed for just 126 and 96 respectively.

“Coming out of Jamaica (in the series against New Zealand) and the Tri Series in Barbados, the batters had really clicked for us and we needed them to continue to do that...I won’t say we were complacent or anything like that. We know England are one of the best teams in the world. I’m not making any excuses but it was the end of a really long tour and a lot of the players were tired,” she explained.

Commenting on the state of the women’s game in the region, Mohammed feels the sport is definitely gaining more popularity.

“It’s going in the right direction. We’re getting more media coverage, and games are being televised or even streamed. A lot of people came out to support us in Jamaica (in the New Zealand series) and in Barbados (for the Tri Series). For the Tri Series final there were over 4,000 people there which was really good because sometimes we barely got 100 supporters. A lot of people came out to see (Bajan) Deandra Dottin and (ICC World No 1 Player) Stafanie Taylor,” she explained.

Asked whether it is demotivating at times to see the poor turnout of fans for their matches, Mohammed said absolutely not.

“Even if they don’t come, people always tell you when they see you in the streets that they support you and they follow the scores (in the newspaper). It doesn’t bother us,” she continued.

With their itinerary completed for the year, Mohammed will be using the rest of 2013 to train and maintain her fitness and sharpness ahead of their tour to New Zealand in 2014 and the T20 World Cup in Bangladesh.

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