(CMC) – Head coach Gus Logie has urged his senior to lift their performances, as West Indies find themselves facing a tricky path to the semi-finals of the Women’s Twenty20 World Cup.The Caribbean side have taken two points from their opening two games and need to win their remaining fixtures against England and South Africa in order to guarantee their place in the final four for the sixth straight tournament.West Indies beat minnows Thailand in their opener but then suffered a surprise defeat to Pakistan last Wednesday in Canberra, to create difficulty for themselves.Logie, a member of the legendary West Indies men’s side of the 1980s, said it was now the responsibility of the “big players” to carry the team.“Let’s hope we can pick ourselves up. I think we’ve done quite a bit of work over the last few weeks and many players have expressed how confident they are in their own ability to execute,” Logie said.“It’s just one of those days (against Pakistan) we did not execute as we expected but we know we’re better than that.“Our big players need to step up. We’ve seen it throughout the tournament – the big players are stepping up and making runs and taking wickets. We have enough quality players in our team to step up and do the business for us.”Marquee opener Hayley Matthews has managed just 16 runs in two innings while veteran all-rounder Deandra Dottin has scraped scores of two and one, in her first outing since a year-long injury layoff.Fast bowler Shamilia Connell has claimed a single wicket from six overs and veteran off-spinner Anisa Mohammed has failed to threaten, even though proving inexpensive.West Indies’ biggest test will come tomorrow when they take on 2018 losing finalists, England, who lie second in Group B on four points.Unbeaten group leaders South Africa, on four points, lie in wait on Tuesday, and Logie said self-belief would be key to any Windies success in these fixtures.“We put this (Pakistan defeat) down to one of those bad days and we look forward to the next two games … and I’m hoping that the players continue to believe in themselves,” he stressed.“This World Cup is not over, we have two important games. We win the next two and we should be in the semi-finals.”Prior to last Wednesday, West Indies had only lost to Pakistan once in the T20s. However, a lack-lustre batting effort saw them muster only 124 for seven, a target which their opponents chased down with 10 balls to spare and eight wickets in hand.Logie said despite the modest target, West Indies’ had backed themselves to defend it.“I think 120-odd was a par score. I think we were looking at one stage like 140, 150 but these things happen at the end of the day,” he pointed out.“We felt we’d been bowling well, fielding well and felt if we put Pakistan under a bit of pressure early on, 125 could have been difficult but unfortunately I think it was one of our most difficult days in the field.“Bowling-wise, we gave away quite a few extras and we just weren’t (on top of our game) as we expected to be.”West Indies won the T20 World Cup in 2016 in India but were knocked out at the semi-final stage when the Caribbean hosted the tournament two years ago.
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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — The entrance of the main hall at Alpena Community College is in the process of getting a facelift and they had a walk through to view its transition.Trustees and community members toured Van Lare Hall where the college is adding a new nursing facility.The 8.7 million dollar project is about two–thirds along the way to completion.Director of Facilities Nicholas Brege says this project was a long time coming and this is the most intense renovation the building has undergone.Construction materials and machinery currently fill every part of Van Lare Hall.Although they still have some ways to go toward finishing the project, this did not steal President, Don MacMaster’s joy.MacMaster said ACC’s nursing program is stellar and has generated many of the nurses employed locally.Both, the east and west half of the building are expected to be complete and open to students in March of 2021.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Working for Justice fundraiser for equalityNext Gov. Whitmer announces MI Mask Aid: 4 million free masks to protect vulnerable populations from COVID-19