Taylor on top of the world as she reaches 1000 landmark

Potchefstroom, South Africa – West Indies batting star Stafanie Taylor is happy to reach 1000 runs in One-Day Internationals. The 19-year-old Jamaica reached the milestone during Thursday's match against Ireland, the second match of the ICC Challenge Tournament. It was her 28th match and in the process she became the youngest woman ever and the first woman from the Caribbean to reach 1000 runs in international cricket.

“I feel really great to reach such a milestone at such a young age. I am happy that I made it in just so few matches as well. What is particularly pleasing is the fact I was thinking about reaching the record during this series and I managed to do it. I set my mind to do something and I didn’t linger. I did what I said I would do and I got it. Right now I feel really great,” she said on Thursday night.

“We [West Indies] don’t play as much as other teams so to reach this milestone after just two years at the international level, is a major plus. I want to thank my team-mates, our coach and the support staff for all their help. We have a great bunch of players here and we receive excellent support from everyone.”

Taylor added: “I am also very happy that my performances are helping the team to win. We really want to win this tournament and maintain our Number 5 ranking. As a team, we are proving that we are as good as the other teams around.  The hard work still continues. We won the first two matches and we have more matches to go so we need keep up the good work.”

Taylor eventually ended with 72 off 94 balls – her fifth ODI half-century, which is also a West Indies record. This followed up her career-best 147 against the Netherlands on Thursday which was her second ODI century – another West Indies record – surpassing the 109 she made against South Africa last year.

The West Indies won the match by 165 runs – their second win – following their 148-run victory over the Netherlands on Wednesday. They made 275-6 in their 50 overs against the Irish girls, who were then bowled out for 110, with left-arm spinner Shanel Daley taking career-best 4-29. Taylor also took two wickets with her off-spin to win the Player-of-the-Match award.

The next match will be on Saturday against Sri Lanka at the North West University Ground 1. First ball is 10 am (4 am Eastern Caribbean Time/ am Jamaica Time).