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COLOMBO---Dependable middle order
batter Stafanie Taylor says West Indies
women batted sensibly to recover from a
tentative start to beat Sri Lanka Women
by 18 runs under Duckworth/Lewis, in
the third One-Day International of the
four-match series on Monday.
Taylor hit the top score of 86 not out
and Deandra Dottin supported with 69 not
out to set up the win in the rain-affected
match in the Sri Lankan capital of Colom-
bo.Taylor said she was happy to play a lead-
ing role in the victory.
"I am very pleased. Dottin did extremely
well also. Both of us stayed at the wicket
and, stick it out and the Sri Lankans they
have been playing some good cricket and
we know that we have to put a big target
on the board in order to defend that," said
"We thought we batted sensibly and that
is what we needed. We needed a big part-
nership and we knew that the partnership
we needed was between both of us."
Taylor and Dottin shared 151 unbroken
for the fourth wicket, as the visitors reached
215 for three from their allocation of 50
overs on a slow Premadasa Stadium pitch.
Spin bowlers Afy Fletcher and Anisa
Mohammed then grabbed two wickets
apiece, as the Sri Lankan Women were
restricted to 170 for eight in 40.2 overs fol-
lowing a rain delay in the middle of their
Taylor said she was highly satisfied with
her innings due to the challenging condition
of the pitch.
"The conditions ...I don t feel we have
adjusted as yet. Sometimes we don t know
how it will be," said the West Indies women
"It s totally different from the Caribbean,
the pitches are slow and the Sri Lankans
are even slower so we have a lot to adopt
to and we pretty much like the ball coming
on and they have, spinners so we really
have to work through that".
The victory handed West Indies a 2-1
lead in the four-match series, and also gave
them their first ICC Championship points
of the campaign.
"We knew it was very important. We
knew that we had to play catch up and no
team like to play catch up".
The result also meant that the Windies
Women drew level 1-1 in the second match
of three between the two sides in the ICC
Women s Championship, after the Sri
Lankans drew first blood last Friday with
a six-wicket victory.
Both teams have played eight matches
in the Championship---the Windies Women
currently have eight points---three more
than the Sri Lankans.
LONDON---Curtly Ambrose says the West
Indies were desperate to beat England in
their recent series because of the words
of ECB chairman Colin Graves before the
Graves, who had not yet taken the role
when he gave the interview in March, said:
"I d certainly be disappointed if we don t
win the series, because I am pretty sure the
West Indies are going to have a mediocre
Captain Alastair Cook has since admitted
his words were unhelpful after England left
the Caribbean with a 1-1 draw from the
three-Test series having lost the third match
And Ambrose, who retired in 2000 after
taking 405 Test wickets and now works as
a bowling consultant for his country, said
Graves accusation gave them great moti-
He told Sky Sports: "England still have
a wonderful team, some good talent, but
we wanted to win the series because there
was a comment made by the ECB chairman
that we are a "mediocre team" and it it
whould be a an easy walkover for England,
that if England don t win the series, they
had to look into English cricket.
"We used that as motivation to show we
are better than mediocre. We wanted to win
the series, to shut him up a little bit."
After failing to press home their advantage
in the first Test in Antigua, England won
the second Test in Grenada only to then
collapse in Barbados.
"It was a good series, a tough one," added
Ambrose, appearing on Sky Sports to pro-
mote his autobiography Time to Talk. "We
played extremely well in Antigua to save
that game and I think in Grenada we were
doing quite well until one Jimmy Anderson
had different ideas.
"He had a good spell for an hour-and-
a-half that really took the game away from
us. In Barbados, it was a poorly-prepared
pitch, but we were quite happy to win the
game and draw the series."
KINGSTON---Jamaica s six-time Olympic gold
medallist, Usain Bolt, says his main focus for
the remainder of his sprinting career is to secure
a legacy as the greatest athlete of all times.
Bolt s disclosure comes ahead of his eagerly
anticipated showdown with world-leading Amer-
ican Justin Gatlin and Jamaica s perennial sub-10
sprinter Asafa Powell.
The sprint super star says his primary focus
now is his place in history as he prepares to hang-
up his spike in 2017.
"In the past, we (coach, Glen Mills) have some-
times focused on the clock and getting records.
Other times, it has been on medals. Now it s all
about securing my legacy," said Bolt in a Jamaica
Olympics interview posted Sunday on the website
"Someone may come along one day and break
one of my records, but to beat my legacy, they
have to beat my whole body of work. So the more
I can win, the greater that gets, and the harder
it will be to overshadow. That s what s getting me
out of bed now".
In August, Bolt is returning to the Bird s Nest
Stadium in Beijing, China, where he sped to a
sprint double world record 9.69 and 19.30 seconds,
respectively, at the 2008 Olympics.
There is mounting anticipation over his potential
clash with his main rival Gatlin, who ran the fastest
100 metres of his life and the quickest in the world
this year at 9.74 seconds in Doha on Friday.
The global sprint icon says he has no intention
of slowing down.
"I m already the greatest sprinter of all time,
but if I continue to win golds, I could be the
greatest athlete of all time," said Bolt.
"Legacy is the main word in my life now, and
that means if I m five metres ahead with 10 to
go, I won t be slowing down and beating my chest.
I ll be pushing to get the best time I can, every
Apart from the World Championships in Beijing
in August, Bolt s schedule also includes the Rio
Olympics 2016 and the London World Champi-
onships in 2017 before calling it a day.
"The plan in that time is three golds in Beijing;
three in Rio to make a triple-triple; and then one
in London, as I ll only be doing the 100 metres,"
said Bolt. "In short, I m aiming for continued
Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea
has been crowned the club s player s player of
the year for the second season in a row.
The Spain international, who also made it into
the PFA team of the year and the six-man shortlist
for the PFA player of the year award, has kept 10
clean sheets behind a shaky United backline this
His stellar performances have not gone unnoticed
and he has been heavily linked with a move to
Real Madrid this summer but he gave no hints
about his future and praised his team-mates after
collecting the gong.
"I want to say thank you to my team-mates,
they have been fantastic this season and I love
them. We have a great dressing room and I would
like to say thank you very much," he said on Unit-
ed s official website.
That feeling was reciprocated by a number of
the United players who took to Twitter to con-
gratulate De Gea.
Juan Mata tweeted a picture of the former Atleti-
co Madrid man posing with his trophy.
to secure legacy
David de Gea is
United top player
Ambrose: Mediocre jibe motivated us
Taylor praises sensible
Stafanie Taylor satisfied with personal batting.
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