Jamaica and Windies star batter Stafanie Taylor scored an unbeaten half-century to lead the West Indies Women to a four-wicket victory over New Zealand in the final ODI match at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Sunday.
Taylor played a scorcher of an inning, scoring 51 off 89 balls to put Windies in the driving seat.
The West Indies were asked to chase and overtake New Zealand’s score of 168, which they did in fine style, scoring 169-6 with 38 balls remaining for a consolation victory in the three-match series.
Lauren Down scored 53 and Amelia Carr, 30, in New Zealand’s total of 168 in 48.1 overs.
The West Indies Women bowled well to restrict New Zealand and were led by their captain, Hayley Matthews, who dismissed Down, finishing with figures of 2-23 from her 10 overs.
Spinner Karishma Ramharack took 2-28 and Afy Fletcher 2-31 as the attack gave the batters an achievable target.
After the West Indies lost the wickets of Natasha McLean and Shakibi Gujnabi early in the chase, Matthews scored 40 and, with Taylor, put on 81 for the third wicket before she was dismissed by Brooke Halliday, who took 1-16 from her four overs.
Taylor retired hurt shortly thereafter, leaving Aaliyah Alleyne to score an s unbeaten 27 as she and Shakera Selman (5) took the West Indies Women across to victory.
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