Hayley Matthews is a West Indian cricketer who has played for the West Indies national team and various teams across the world. She has played in the Women’s Big Bash League, Women’s T20 Cricket Super League, The Hunderd, and Women’s Premier League. She is regarded as one of the best all-rounders in women’s cricket.
Hayley Kristen Matthews aka Hayley Matthews was born on Thursday, 19 March 1998 (age 25 years; as of 2023) in Bridgetown, Barbados. Her zodiac sign is Pisces. She was interested in cricket since her childhood and often went to the ground to see the matches which her father played. She went to the Pickwick Club’s ground Kensington Oval with her brother, and they ran around the ground and inside it during the breaks. She attended the People’s Cathedral Primary School near her house and started playing for the school boy’s team around the age of 8. She became the captain of the team by the age of 11. After completing her primary schooling, she cleared the Common Entrance examination and enrolled at Harrison College, which is one of Barbados’ most prestigious secondary schools. She then joined the school boy’s under-13 team, helped them to win a tournament, and captained the team in her final year as an under-13 player.
Hayley Matthews during her childhood with her mother, Lisa
Height (approx.): 5′ 8″
Weight (approx.): 55 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
Her father’s name is Mike Matthews, and her mother’s name is Lisa Matthews. Her father played cricket as a batsman, who played in fourth position and bowled off-break as well for Pickwick Cricket Club, one of Barbados’s best cricket clubs. She has a brother named Wayne Matthews.
Hayley Matthews (right) with her brother, Wayne (left), and her father, Mike (centre)
She is unmarried.
She started playing for the Barbados under-19 cricket team when she was 9 years old and was selected for the senior Barbados team at the age of 12 in 2010. She had played for the Pickwick Club in Men’s first division by the age of 18.
She made her ODI debut on 11 November 2014 against Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney and made his first ODI half-century with a score of 55 runs. On 22 September 2018, she scored her first ODI century when she made 117 runs against South Africa in Bridgetown. On 6 June 2019, she took 4 wickets for 57 runs against England at Leicester. On 12 July 2021, she scored 100 runs not out against Pakistan. On 11 November 2021, she took 4 wickets for 26 runs against Pakistan in Karachi. During the match against New Zealand on 4 March 2022 in the 2022 Women’s World Cup held in New Zealand, she scored 119 runs off 128 balls, which is her highest ODI score. In the 2017 Women’s World Cup held in England, she scored 158 runs in 7 matches at an average of 22.57 and took 3 wickets. In the 2022 Women’s World Cup held in New Zealand, she scored 260 runs in 8 matches at an average of 32.50 and took 10 wickets. In a match against Bangladesh in the 2022 World Cup on 18 March 2022, she took 4 wickets for 15 runs.
Hayley Matthews celebrates after scoring a century
She played her debut T20I match on 27 September 2014 against New Zealand at Kingston and scored 14 runs. She played in the 2016 Women’s T20 World Cup held in India, and she scored 66 runs off 45 balls in the final against Australia at Eden Garden, Kolkata, her first T20I half-century, helping them to win the 2016 T20 World Cup. She was chosen as Man of the Match for her good performance. On 14 March 2018, she scored 53 runs off 31 balls against New Zealand at Mount Maunganui. On 6 October 2018, she made 70 runs off 52 balls against South Africa at Tarouba. On 29 May 2019, she scored her maiden T20I century with a score of 107 runs off 62 balls against Ireland in Dublin. On 6 October 2022, she made 56 runs off 54 balls against New Zealand at North Sound. In the 2016 Women’s T20 World Cup held in India, she scored 153 runs in 6 matches at an average of 25.5 and took 3 wickets. In the 2018 Women’s T20 World Cup held in West Indies, she scored 82 runs in 5 matches at an average of 16.4 and took 4 wickets. In the 2020 Women’s T20 World Cup held in Australia, she scored 26 runs in 3 matches at an average of 8.67. In the 2023 Women’s T20 World Cup held in West Indies, she scored 130 runs in 4 matches at an average of 32.50 and took 4 wickets.
She became the captain of the West Indies national team in June 2022.
She played in the Women’s ODI National Cricket League for Tasmanian Roar in the 2015-16 season. She played for the Hobart Hurricanes in the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) from 2015-16 to the 2020-21 season. In the 2022-23 WBBL season, she played for Melbourne Renegades.
She played for the Lancashire Thunders team in the Women’s T20 Cricket Super League in 2016. She played for the Southern Vipers team in the Women’s Cricket Super League in 2017. She played for the Loughborough Lightning team in the Women’s Cricket Super League in 2019. She played for the Welsh Fire team in the 100-ball tournament named The Hundred in 2021.
Hayley Matthews in Welsh Fire’s jersey
Hayley Matthews playing a match for Loughborough Lightning
She played for the Velocity team in the Women’s T20 Challenge Tournament in 2019. She played for the Trailblazers team in the Women’s T20 Challenge Tournament in 2022. In the 2023 auction for the Women’s T20 Premier League, she was acquired by Mumbai Indians for the base price of Rs40 lakhs.
West Indian League
She played for the Barbados Royals team in the Women’s T20 Caribbean Premier League and Women’s T10 The 6ixty tournament in 2022.
Her jersey number is 50 for the West Indies national team.
In the 2017 Women’s World Cup, she suffered a knee injury in a match against England in Bristol. In December 2018, she suffered a knee injury in the right leg during a match for Hobart Hurricanes against Melbourne Stars in WBBL. In February 2023, during a match against India in the Women’s World Cup 2023, she suffered a shoulder injury.
Hayley Matthews was injured during the match against England in World Cup 2017
She competes in Javelin Throw and has participated in various tournaments for Barbados. She won a silver medal in the under-17 category in the 2013 CARIFTA Games (Caribbean Free Trade Association). She won a silver medal in the under-18 category in the 2014 CARIFTA Games. She won a bronze medal in the under-18 category in the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships in Athletics held in Mexico. She won a gold medal in the under-18 category in the 2015 CARIFTA Games.
Banned for 8 matches
In October 2019, she was banned for eight matches by Cricket West Indies (CWI) Disciplinary Committee following an incident which happened after a training session in August 2019 and involved a fellow Barbadian player. CWI’s chief executive officer Johnny Greave announced the news of the ban.
- Top allrounder award for both the T20 Blaze and CG United Women’s Super50 Cup in June 2022
- ICC’s Women’s Player-of-the-Month award for November 2021
- She is a right-handed batsman and right-arm off-spinner.
- She likes to play games on PlayStation. Her favourite games are Fortnite and Fifa.
- She said in an interview that young female players should play in the boy’s tournaments. She credited her playing with boy’s teams for improvement in fielding and facing fast bowling.
- She became the youngest West Indian player (male or female) to score a century at home when she scored 117 runs against South Africa in an ODI match in Bridgetown on 22 September 2018.