Taylor sparkles as England win again
Sarah Taylor stole the show with an eye-catching fifty as England women extended their unbeaten run in Twenty20 cricket to 19 with a convincing 28-run victory over West Indies at Old Trafford.
Already 1-0 up in the five-match NatWest International T20 series following an eight-wicket win in Durham, the hosts were dominant again today.
Taylor led the way with 53 from 37 balls, while Arran Brindle contributed an unbeaten 42 as England, who lost the toss, posted an imposing total of 150 for three.
The Windies, restricted to 71 for eight last time out, made a reasonable start in reply but were unable to keep up with the required rate and finished on 122 for six, with Danni Wyatt, Brindle and Laura Marsh claiming two wickets apiece.
"We got off to a great start today," said Taylor. "I was really pleased to find the boundary early and then ran hard with Arran later on."
Charlotte Edwards and Marsh capitalised on some erratic bowling from West Indies’ seamers to get England off to a flier.
Twenty-nine came from the opening three overs, with the skipper striking fours from three of Subrina Munroe’s first four deliveries.
However, the introduction of spin slowed the run-rate and provided the tourists with a double breakthrough.
Edwards was caught at short third man off Shanel Daley for 21 and Marsh fell in the same bowler’s next over when she attempted to cut a delivery that skidded on to hit middle and leg.
Taylor and Brindle initially operated with caution as England looked to rebuild, but the former soon upped the tempo with some wonderful strokeplay.
Two lofted drives to the cover rope represented the highlight of her innings, and the wicketkeeper-batter also prospered behind square on the leg side with a series of sweep and paddle shots.
After bringing up her half-century with a fourth four in five balls, Taylor was stumped when she ran past one from Shemaine Campbelle.
Brindle batted through to the end, however, and scored at quicker than a run a ball despite only managing one boundary.
West Indies’ openers took the score on to 35 in the sixth over before losing two wickets in as many overs to Wyatt.
Juliana Nero was superbly stumped by Taylor after failing to connect with a swipe across the line, while Tremayne Smartt progressed positively to 25 before holing out to long-on.
The required run-rate soon spiralled beyond control and Daley was caught at backward point off Marsh as she looked to break the shackles.
Deandra Dottin then fell to Brindle when Anya Shrubsole leapt to her right at mid-off to take a sensational one-handed catch.
At that point, the Windies required 95 from 51 deliveries and, although captain Merissa Aguilleira impressed with 37, they fell some way short.
A fifth-wicket stand of 40 ended when Britney Cooper fell victim to another superb catch off Brindle, this time from Susie Rowe, who made up plenty of ground before completing a sliding take at deep midwicket.
Aguilleira was then stumped off Marsh in the penultimate over and it mattered little that 15 came from Shrubsole's final set of six.
Taylor added: "It was another good team performance with everyone contributing and two outstanding catches from Anya and Susie; we pride ourselves on our fielding."