Taylor half-century keep Storm on course
LONDON, CMC – West Indies Women’s captain Stafanie Taylor stroked her second successive half-century to guide Western Storm to their third win and four matches, in the inaugural England Women’s Super League here Friday.
The right-hander carved out a typically attractive, unbeaten 76 as Storm, chasing 138 for victory at Taunton, reached their target with 13 balls remaining to pull off a comfortable eight-wicket win over Southern Vipers.
Opener Taylor faced 51 deliveries and struck ten fours and a six while captain Heather Knight gathered 31 from 32 balls and Fran Wilson, a cameo unbeaten 24 from a mere 15 balls.
New Zealander Rachel Priest perished without scoring in the third over with ten runs on the board but Taylor then anchored two fine partnerships to ensure there was no collapse.
She put on 65 with Knight who counted four fours in her knock before adding a further 65 in an unbroken third wicket stand with Wilson who excited with three fours and a six.
Only last Sunday, Taylor struck 74 not out to guide Storm to a solid five-wicket win over Surrey Stars at Bristol.
Earlier, Suzie Bates stroked a top score of 57 from 50 deliveries as Vipers, opting to bat, tallied 137 for three off their 20 overs.
She counted six fours and a six and added 73 for the first wicket with captain Charlotte Edwards who made 30 from 37 balls.
At Old Trafford in Manchester, West Indies middle order batsman Deandra Dottin top-scored with 25 but her Lancashire Thunder collapsed to a heavy 95-run defeat to Yorkshire Diamonds.
Set a challenging 167 for victory, Thunder were bundled out for 71 off 15 overs, with Dottin striking 25 from 24 balls with four boundaries.
She was just one of three batsmen in double figures but the only one to pass 20. Her West Indies teammate Hayley Matthews failed at the top of the order with three.
Off-spinner Danielle Hazelle destroyed the innings with four for 10 from her four overs while seamer Katherine Brunt picked up three for six from her three overs.
Australian Alex Blackwell had earlier top-scored with 59 from 42 balls with five fours and two sixes as Diamonds, choosing to bat first, rallied to 166 for six off their 20 overs.