Stafanie Taylor: I feel good!
Potchefstroom, South Africa – Stafanie Taylor, the West Indies opening batter, said she enjoyed her knock against the Netherlands on Wednesday and will be looking for more big scores in the upcoming matches of the International Cricket Council's Women's Challenge. The 19-year-old right-hander cracked a career-best 147 as the Windies girls won their opening match by 148 runs at the Witrand CC.
“I feel really good knowing that I have been working so hard and the hard work has been paying off. I went to the crease today with a clear mind and with clear intentions. My aim was to get a good score and put the team in a winning position. The pitch this morning was slow so I had to be patient in the early stages of my innings. The pitch also offered assistance to the bowlers, and I had to make the adjustment.”
Taylor hit the ball to all parts of the ground and counted 15 boundaries and a six off 141 balls. It was Taylor’s second century in a One-Day International surpassing her previous best score of 109. It was also the highest score by a West Indian woman in ODIs and she became the first West Indian Woman to make two centuries in ODIs. It was her 27th match and in the process she moved to 950 career runs. She now needs 50 more to become the first West Indian woman to reach 1 000 runs in ODIs.
“Overall I would say I’m very happy with my knock. It feels good to set a new landmark in West Indies cricket (most ODI centuries). Hopefully I can continue to do better and better things for West Indie cricket in this series and in years to come.”
During the innings she added 113 of just 16 overs with Deandra Dottin, who made 59 from 58 balls. Taylor also spoke about her partnership with the powerful Dottin.
“When Deandra came in I told her to have a look and see what was happening. I was fully aware she had the power to hit the ball but I wanted her to be a bit patient early on, as she could be destructive at the bottom end of the innings. It worked out very well,” Taylor noted.
The West Indies next match will be against Ireland on Thursday at NorthWest University Ground 2 in Potchefstroom.