Record-breaker Taylor becomes youngest to reach 1000 ODI runs

Potchefstroom, South Africa – West Indies opener Stafanie Taylor created international cricket history on Thursday when she became the youngest woman to make 1000 runs in One-Day Internationals. Playing in her 28th match, 19-year-old Jamaican reached the landmark when she scored 50 against Ireland in the second match of the ICC World Challenge in Potchefstroom, South Africa.

She ended with 72 as the Windies made 275-6 in their 50 overs against the Irish girls. In the process she became the first West Indian batter to reach 1000 career runs in any form of the game. Thursday’s knock was her fifth ODI half-century – also a West Indies record. This followed up her career-best 147 against the Netherlands on Thursday. That was her second ODI century – another West Indies record – surpassing the 109 she made against South Africa last year.

After Taylor fell, Deandra Dottin was again in a dominant mood with 72 off just 58 balls as the last 10 overs of the innings yielded 70 runs.  The West Indies beat the Netherlands by 148 runs in their opening match of the tournament on Wednesday. The ICC Challenge Tournament is for teams ranked from Number 5 to Number 10.