Taylor praises teamwork for Super50 win

Jamaica Observer article.

Kingston, Jamaica - Captain of Jamaica’s Women’s cricket team Stafanie Taylor has attributed teamwork and persistence to their successful Regional Women’s Super50 title defence in Dominica recently.

The Jamaicans registered a record sixth consecutive championships triumph when they crushed Guyana by 218 runs in the final, after losing out to them earlier in the tournament.

Taylor explained that the inclement weather slightly dampened their performance in the first round of matches, but the team’s progression toward the back-end of the tournament propelled them to the title.

“It looked easy, but it wasn’t; it took a lot of hard work,” she said. “First of all there was a lot of rain, so we thought that we would be in a lot of trouble.

It came up to the semi-finals [and] we pulled it off, and went into the finals and gave it our all and came out victorious,” she told reporters after the team’s arrival at the Norman Manley International Airport yesterday.

She added: “I think more of our strength is in our bowling; we are a team that plays together and I think that is one of the things that actually helped us.”

The 23-year-old all-rounder expressed delight at the fact that the senior players came to the fore, as they were expected to play a vital role throughout the tournament, and their contribution left her feeling satisfied with her individual performance.

She is now looking forward to doing duties for the regional squad.

“I am very happy that most of our senior players came through this year. I started off slowly, but in the end I kind of picked up, and it’s actually where I want to be going into West Indies camp and getting ready for the New Zealand tour,” she noted.

When asked to give her feedback on the reduced format of the tournament, Taylor said she was “disappointed”.

Coach Cleon Smith also expressed disappointment at the reduction of the tournament. “It can’t be good for West Indies cricket when we come down from 21 or 22 days last year to having five matches in about eight days.

But that is up to the regional body to look into,” he told the Jamaica Observer.

In elaborating on the tournament, Smith pointed out that the weather posed a challenge for the teams throughout the tournament, which resulted in most of the games being lowscoring.

“None of the teams could have trained...no team scored any high total within the first and second rounds. We knew what we had to do, we know we are a champion team and we had experience all round, so we did some planning and we bounced back,” he explained.

Debutante Natasha McLean was Jamaica’s standout performer in the final, as she scored a smashing innings of 96 off 94 balls, which may have placed her under the radar of the regional selectors.

First Published In The Jamaica Observer.

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 04:37