Jermaine Lannaman, Sunday Gleaner Writer
West Indies Women and their New Zealand counterparts will face off today in the first of three One Day Internationals at Sabina Park.
The contest, which is set to get going at 9 a.m., will see the Sherwin Campbell-coached West Indies entering the match trying to solidify their number-two status on the ICC Women's ODI rankings.
New Zealand, on the other hand, who lost to the West Indies in the ICC Women's World Cup earlier this year, will be seeking to improve their number four rankings.
"We want to come on top and win the series, especially given the fact that we have home advantage," said West Indies captain, Merissa Aguilleira.
"New Zealand are a very good team, but we are very much prepared for what they may have to throw at us.
"Our preparation has been going great, and all the girls are pretty confident that if we play to our ability we can win," she added.
In their bid for a winning start, West Indies will be hoping for a duplication of their performance in the Super Six stage of the World Cup where they defeated the White Ferns by 48 runs.
The result, which helped to propel West Indies into the final, represented the first time they were recording a win over New Zealand.
Leading the way for the West Indies, who went on to lose in the final to Australia, were Jamaican all-rounder Shanel Daley and Trinidadian off-spinner, Anisa Mohammed.
Daley, ranked number one on the ICC Twenty20 International bowling ranking, made a vital 39 to help propel West Indies to 207 for nine after they were struggling at 139 for seven.
This was after top player Stafanie Taylor had earlier hit a topscore of 49 to set up the innings.
Mohammed, ranked number six on the ODI bowling table, they bowled with guile and accuracy towards the end to finish with 8.3 overs, three maidens, 13 runs and a wicket.
Fast bowler Tremayne Smartt, three for 39 off nine overs, and Taylor, two for 26 off her maximum 10 overs, ended with most wickets in New Zealand's total of 159.
For New Zealand, they will look to captain and world number one ranked ODI player Suzie Bates and her opening partner Frances Mackay to give them a solid start.
They will also be hoping for good performances from top-order players Sophie Devine and Nicola Browne and left-arm pacer Sian Ruck and Morna Nielsen to lead with the ball..
West Indies (from): Merissa Aguilleira (captain), Shemaine Campbelle, Shanel Daley, Deandra Dottin, Kycia Knight, Kyshona Knight, Natasha McLean, Anisa Mohammed, Subrina Munroe, Shaquana Quintyne, Tremayne Smartt, Shakera Selman and Stafanie Taylor.
New Zealand (from): Suzie Bates, Erin Bermingham, Nicola Browne, Rachel Candy, Sophie Devine, Natalie Dodd, Maddy Green, Frances Mackay, Morna Nielsen, Katie Perkins, Rachel Priest, Sian Ruck, Amy Satterthwaite and Lea Tahuhu.