BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Deandra Dottin said she was proud of her reputation of being an explosive batter in the women’s international game, but planned to work harder on her consistency with the bat.

Deandra Dottin. Photo: (ICC/SOLARIS IMAGES)

The Windies Women’s batter was speaking on Sunday night, when the West Indies Cricket Board hosted the players and support staff of the Windies Women’s team at a gala reception.

In addition to gifts from the WICB, Dottin was also presented with a special gift from Virgin Atlantic – an airline partner of the WICB – for her achievements for West Indies Women.
She was given the FITFOO (Flying in the Face of Ordinary) Award, a gesture which she welcomed.

“I think this was an incredible gesture by the WICB,” he said. “We have all been working very hard. We have come a long way and we have more steps to take. We are willing to take it a step higher and are working hard to become No.1 and not No.2.”

“The last few months have been a good experience for the team and for me. I have been working very hard. I set a few goals for the World Cup and I have been aiming for a higher level of consistency with my batting, but I did not get all the scores I wanted. There is still more to be done and I am looking forward to the challenge.”

Dottin recently became the first Windies Women’s player to appear in 50 Twenty20 Internationals and continues to be one of the linchpins of the team’s batting.

She is ranked seventh in Women’s ODI batting and sixth in Women’s T20Is and was the second highest scorer for Windies Women in the ICC WWC, but was disappointed that she could not take her side to the title.

“We are rapidly improving,” she said. “But we are disappointed that we were unable to make the Caribbean proud and win the World Cup.

“I was also disappointed, knowing I was one of the players in terms of batting upon whom we were depending. Things just did not work out the way I wanted, but we are all still very proud of what we achieved at the tournament.”

She said: “It feels really good to know so many people think so highly of me. It also feels good to know that playing against other teams that I am batter that they fear the most. It’s a good feeling and I try to use it to give my team the upper hand.”

Dottin injured her left hand during the trip to Sri Lanka. She said her plan was to spend the next few weeks recovering from the injury before stepping up training to find the consistency that will make her far more dangerous in the middle.