Tay­lor stars as WI Women tie se­ries

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Jer­maine Lan­na­man Gleaner Writer

West Indies Women’s cap­tain Stafanie Tay­lor (right) cuts for runs dur­ing her in­nings of 83 against Eng­land Women in the fourth one-day in­ter­na­tional cricket match at Sabina Park yes­ter­day.

IT IS all square head­ing into the fi­nal game of the one-day in­ter­na­tional (ODI) se­ries be­tween West Indies Women and Eng­land Women.

The five-match se­ries is cur­rently tied at 2-2 after the West Indies recorded a 42-run win over their op­po­nents in game four at Sabina Park yes­ter­day.

The vic­tory, which also pro­vided two World Cup qual­i­fy­ing points for the hosts, was en­gi­neered by Player of the Match and cap­tain Stafanie Tay­lor.

The mul­ti­ple-time West Indies Women’s Crick­eter of the Year first put in a bril­liant bat­ting dis­play of 85 to pi­lot the home team to 223 for six be­fore re­turn­ing to claim three for 22 to help bowl out Eng­land Women for 181.

“After los­ing the third game there was a lot of in­tro­spec­tion, and we asked the girls to show a bit more fight go­ing for­ward,’’ ex­plained Tay­lor.

“It was, there­fore, pleas­ing to see that hap­pened to­day and we hope it will con­tinue on Wed­nes­day in the fi­nal game.’’

CAGEY START

Win­ning the toss and elect­ing to take first strike, the West Indies made a cagey start when they lost the wicket of out-of­form opener Hay­ley Matthews for eight with score on 12 in the fourth over. West Indies Women’s Shaquana Quin­tyne plays a pull shot dur­ing her in­nings of 41 against Eng­land Women dur­ing the fourth one-day in­ter­na­tional cricket match at Sabina Park yes­ter­day. Be­hind the stumps is Eng­land Women’s wick­et­keeper Amy Jones.

How­ever, un­like the pre­vi­ous match, which was also played at the same venue, there was not to be a steady fall of wick­ets.

This was due largely to Tay­lor, who shep­herded three key part­ner­ships, the first of which was be­tween her­self and opener Shaquana Quin­tyne.

The two put on stroke-filled stand of 69 for the sec­ond wicket be­fore Quin­tyne was caught for 41 in the 24th over.

This brought to­gether Tay­lor and hard-hit­ting De­an­dra Dot­tin, who put on 36 for the third wicket be­fore the lat­ter was run out for 18.

The third al­liance, be­tween Tay­lor and for­mer cap­tain, wick­et­keeper Merissa Aguilleira, put on 45 for the fourth wicket, with Aguilleira go­ing on to hit a se­ries-high 32 off 33 de­liv­er­ies.

Set the high­est to­tal of the se­ries to win, Eng­land got a bril­liant start be­fore fall­ing away mid­way their in­nings.

CAUGHT AND BOWLED

Their open­ing pair of Lau­ren Win­field and Tammy Beau­mont put on 95 for the first wicket be­fore the lat­ter was caught and bowled by Tay­lor in the 20th over for 51.

This then brought to crease cap­tain Heather Knight and, to­gether with Wind­field, they put on 38 for the sec­ond wicket, tak­ing the score to a threat­en­ing 133 for one.

How­ever, after Win­field was run out for 51, the vis­i­tors col­lapsed and only Knight, 36, and last Laura Marsh, 13, who was the last player dis­missed, passed dou­ble fig­ures.

Part-time off-spin­ner Matthews took two for 25.

“We did not take our chances when we were in the field and the West Indies cap­i­talised,’’ de­clared Eng­land’s Knight.

“How­ever, hav­ing said that, credit must go to the West Indies, how they kept us out of the game and we now look for­ward to the fi­nal fix­ture,” she added.

– Bishoo

PHOTOS BY IAN ALLEN/PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

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