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Taylor fired up by history lesson

Sarah Taylor was inspired by the opportunity to be part of the first touring women's side to win a one-day series in the West Indies, and her hundred helped England do just that.

The 24-year-old, already a World Cup-winner in 50-over cricket, added another feather to her cap with a fifth one-day international century in an 89-run triumph that sealed a 2-0 success.

Taylor’s 100 from 108 balls underpinned a total of 185 all out in which the second-highest score was Lauren Winfield’s 18.

Holly Colvin’s 4-17 meant it was more than enough for England to become the only touring team 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.

After the game Taylor said: “We spoke the night before about making history and I don’t think anyone’s beaten the West Indies at home in a series. We spoke about that last night and that was the drive and that’s what pushed me through.”

Taylor holed out from the last delivery of an innings in which Anisa Mohammad returned 4-26 after the Windies put their opponents into bat on a lively pitch.

Asked if she was focussed on making a ton, she replied: “No, I wasn’t really too preoccupied about it. All I was thinking was 180; that was the target 180, 180 and I didn’t particularly care what I was on.

“I cared when I was on 99; I think that was pretty obvious. I’m just happy to contribute.”

Taylor was player of the match and the series, having hit 55 not out in Friday’s victory.

“We spoke about responsibility and me batting through,” she explained.

“Unfortunately wickets were falling at quite crucial times and I guess the runs weren’t quite coming. It was just important that I stayed in there until the end and gave myself and the team as many runs as possible.”

Click here for images of England's win.