England triumph Taylor-made
Sarah Taylor’s fifth one-day international century helped England become the first touring women’s team to win a series in the West Indies.
The wicketkeeper-batter made 100 from 108 balls in an 89-run victory at Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad, doubling the tourists’ advantage from the second of three games after the opener was washed out.
Her innings on a lively pitch was all the more impressive given the next-best score was Shaquana Quintyne’s 36 not out.
Left-arm spinner Holly Colvin returned 4-17 from 8.4 overs as West Indies were dismissed for 96 with more than 13 overs unused. England therefore ended the tour on a high by becoming the first touring side to win a series in the Caribbean since West Indies Women's cricket was brought under the auspices of the West Indies Cricket Board in 2005.
Taylor, who fell short of her usual high batting standards in the Twenty20 Tri-Series won by the Windies, built on her unbeaten 55 in Friday’s seven-wicket success at the same venue.
Having hit seven fours, she was out from the last ball of the innings as England were dismissed for 185, with off-spinner Anisa Mohammed taking 4-26 from 10 overs.
The Windies, who won the toss, made regular breakthroughs with Charlotte Edwards bowled by Tremayne Smartt before Mohammad struck twice: Lauren Winfield holed out to long-on for 18 and Lydia Greenway was stumped.
Tammy Beaumont had played with purpose and aggression before Stafanie Taylor had her caught behind for 15.
When Subrina Munroe bowled Natalie Sciver and Jenny Gunn was unfortunate to be lbw to Mohammad, England were in trouble at 108 for six. But Taylor held the innings together with support from Colvin, who was Mohammad’s fourth victim, and Danni Hazell, who was the first of two scalps for Deandra Dottin.
ODI debutante Tash Farrant, whose seven overs cost just 14 runs, cleaned up June Ogle in her first over and ran out Stafanie Taylor to leave the Windies two for two.
Kyshona Knight and Natasha McLean scored slowly before being caught and bowled, and bowled respectively by Colvin.
Jenny Gunn had Dottin’s wicket as Edwards ran back to take an outstanding catch and when Shanel Daley ran herself out the Windies were 24 for six from 17 overs.
Captain Merissa Aguilleira offered some resistance before holing out off Danni Hazell. Quintyne and Mohammed, who was run out by Hazell, offered late resistance ahead of Colvin striking twice more to wrap up the innings.
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