Lane lauds Taylor
England women’s coach Mark Lane saluted Claire Taylor after she marked her 100th one-day appearance by leading the hosts to a comfortable eight-wicket victory over India.
The prolific batter came to the crease with 53 needed to win – England were set a victory target of 99 from 21 overs after rain wreaked havoc in the third match of the NatWest Series at Taunton – and promptly dominated the bowling with a series of trademark shots and hard running between the wickets.
Once captain Charlotte Edwards departed, Lydia Greenway added valuable support but nobody could deny Taylor her moment, a dab to third man bringing up England’s 13th consecutive victory and another series win.
“I was chuffed to bits that Tayls scored the winning run on her 100th game,” Lane told ecb.co.uk.
“She deserves everything she gets as she’s a real professional. She is a dogged batter, a real grafter, sells her wicket really dearly and knows her game inside out.
“She’s not the most fluent but she knows where she can score – that’s where she is ahead of other players. It’s like Lottie [Edwards]. But the others are catching up.”
The victory means England have an unassailable 3-0 lead in a five-match series with games at Arundel and Hove still to play.
But Lane is in search of perfection and, despite leaving Taunton with a smile on his face after another victory, he would like to see improvements before the season ends.
“We can bowl and field better but it’s the sign of a good side if you are winning games and not performing at your best,” he added.
“At times we went through the motions and better sides will punish us for it. I am satisfied but there are still areas to work on. They never took the game away from us though.
“The interruptions didn’t help but we kept our focus and batted really well. I was really pleased for Lydia. We practise that reverse sweep day in, day out and to play it twice in a pressure situation is what we are all about.
“But I’m chuffed that we’ve won another series. I’m pleased for everyone who is involved, from [physio] Sue Hughes, who has worked tirelessly this week, to Jack [Birkenshaw], Paul [Shaw] and everyone else on the support staff.”
England return to Taunton tomorrow for a Twenty20 international, when victory will equal their best sequence of results in history.
“That shows how well we are playing but I think we can continue that,” added Lane. “It’s unfortunate we are finishing cricket next week as we’d like to kick on. Everyone is fit and raring to go.”