Taylor stars with 147 as Windies girls humble the Netherlands

Potchefstroom, South Africa – Teenaged opener Stafanie Taylor slammed a brilliant century to propel West Indies women to a 148-run victory over the Netherlands in their opening game of the ICC Women's Challenge at the Witrand CC on Wednesday. The right-hander from Jamaica hammered a career-best 147 as the Windies rattled up 283-6 off their 50 overs.

She hit 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. Deandra Dottin, also batted well to make 59 off 58 balls – her third ODI half-century. Her knock included six boundaries and two sixes. She added 113 of just 16 overs with Taylor as they went on an all-out attack.

“Taylor batted really well for us today. She played with great maturity. She assessed the conditions very well and batted the way she had to as the leading batter in the team. She started slowly and that was due to the fact the pitch was offering assistance to the bowlers. It was a superb match-winning knock. Dottin also played well in the bottom half of the innings and that really gave us a big push at the end,” Campbell said.

“Overall we played a good team game and I was also happy the bowlers played their part in the end as well. The Netherlands are not one of the strongest teams in the tournament, but we wanted to stamp our authority from early. We did the basic things correctly. What I would like to see is some of the other batters getting good scores as well when they get a chance to play. Today, some of the girls got good starts and looked good at the crease but they need to take a page from Taylor’s book and carry-on to get big scores.”

The Netherlands were then restricted to 135-8 with Dottin (2-15), off-spinner Anisa Mohammed (2-21) and leg-spinner Shemaine Campbelle (2-28) claiming two wickets each. The West Indies next match will be against Ireland on Thursday at NorthWest University Ground 2 in Potchefstroom.