Double delight for Taylor
England women ensured a happy double for Sarah Taylor by moving into a 4-0 lead in the NatWest International T20 series against West Indies by virtue of a resounding 84-run victory at the PROBIZ County Ground.
During the hosts’ innings, news came through from Sri Lanka that Taylor had scooped the ICC Women’s Twenty20 Player of the Year award.
She celebrated impressively, striking 43 to sit alongside 61 not out from Lydia Greenway - who, along with Taylor, missed out on the one-day international award to opponent Stafanie Taylor - as England racked up 154 for three after winning the toss.
The award-winning West Indian offered the only real resistance in reply; her 40 not out was offset by Danielle Hazell’s four wickets as the Windies fell comfortably short.
Greenway said: “It’s been another great team performance today. Charlotte and Laura got us off to a good start and everyone coming in knew what they had to do.
“I was really pleased to contribute and to play positively today; it was good to get out there and get some runs under my belt. I always enjoy batting with Sarah Taylor and today we rotated the strike well.
“We were comfortable with the target we set and our bowlers once again put in an excellent performance, all executing their plans to restrict West Indies.
“We’re really pleased with our performance and we’ll be making sure we continue to the same standard as we head into the final match of the series at Arundel tomorrow.”
England were initially undermined as Stafanie Taylor delivered an early breakthrough, trapping Laura Marsh in front after the opening had played second fiddle to skipper Charlotte Edwards.
Edwards fell almost immediately after, run out by Deandra Dottin, but Sarah Taylor and Greenway duly responded in fine style.
Greenway, in particular, impressed as she found the boundary seven times during an enterprising 45-ball innings, while her partner also managed to score at better than a run a ball.
Taylor would eventually depart to her namesake, caught behind, but that did not stop England posting a commanding total on the back of Greenway’s half-century.
Despite Stafanie Taylor carrying her bat in reply, none of the other touring batters managed to get into double figures as Hazell shone.
The off-spinner got rid of Juliana Nero and Shemaine Campbelle either side of Holly Colvin getting rid of number three Dottin before returning to complete career-best figures of 4-12 with the wickets, both lbw, of Shaquana Quintyne and Anisa Mohammed.
In between, left-arm tweaker Colvin added the scalp of Britney Cooper, while Danielle Wyatt and Arran Brindle got rid of Shanel Daley and Merissa Aguilleira respectively.
Taylor was left unbeaten on 40 as West Indies stuttered miserably to 70 for eight off 20 overs, meaning their last chance for redemption will come at Arundel tomorrow.