Historic landmark for centurion Taylor as WI Women sweep Pakistan
Stafanie Taylor became just the third woman in history to score 5,000 ODI career runs, as she made a magnificent seventh century to lead West Indies Women to a superb victory.
The star captain finished on 102 not out as the visitors reached 226-4 to secure the win in Sunday’s third and final match and sweep the series 3-0 over Pakistan Women.
Taylor played the ultimate captain’s knock as she added a West Indies all-time record for the fifth wicket with Chadean Nation. The pair came together with the score at 98-4 and stayed together until Nation struck the winning run.
They added an unbroken 128 in 23 overs. Nation found great confidence batting with his inspirational leader and made the highest score of her career – 51 not out off 67 balls with seven boundaries.
It was a day of records for Taylor. When she reached 42, she joined Mithali Raj of India and Charlotte Edwards of England as the only players in history with 5000 runs.
She moved on to notch her seventh ton – and second of the year – another record for West Indies. It was the second century in the series for West Indies – following the career-best 132 by Deandra Dottin on the first match last Monday.
Earlier, Hayley Matthews played some stunning shots as she made 49 off 58 balls with eight fours, as she added 83 for the fourth wicket with Taylor. This pulled the West Indies out of deep trouble after they slipped to 15-3 in the fifth over – as the top three batters all fell in single figures.
Matthews was named Player-of-the-Series for her outstanding allround performances. She was the second highest run-maker with 132 runs (average 44 per innings) and the leading wicket-taker with seven wickets (average 14 runs per wicket).
The West Indies will now travel to Zimbabwe for the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifiers. The tournament will be played in Harare. Please see details below
ICC WOMEN’S CRICKET WORLD CUP QUALIFER 2021 GROUPS
Group A: West Indies, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Netherlands
Group B: Pakistan, Bangladesh, Thailand, Zimbabwe, USA
ICC WOMEN’S CRICKET WORLD CUP QUALIFER 2021 – WEST INDIES WOMEN GROUP A FIXTURES.
November 23 – West Indies vs Ireland, Old Hararians
November 27 – West Indies vs Sri Lanka, Old Hararians
November 29 – West Indies vs Netherlands, Sunrise Cricket Club
ICC WOMEN’S CRICKET WORLD CUP QUALIFIER 2021 – SUPER6 FIXTURES
Super 6 Match 21 – Old Hararians
Super 6 Match 22 – Harare Sports Club
Super 6 Match 23 – Sunrise Cricket Club
Super 6 Match 24 – Old Hararians
Super 6 Match 25 -Harare Sports Club
Super 6 Match 26 – Sunrise Cricket Club
Super 6 Match 27 – Old Hararians
Super 6 Match 28 – Harare Sports Club
Super 6 Match 29 – Sunrise Cricket Club
All matches start at 9:30am local time, 3:30am Eastern Caribbean time, 2:30am Jamaica time. (windiescricket.com)