Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 9th 2016 Contents Stafanie Taylor, with trophy, leads the West Indies
celebrations after guiding her team to the ICC T20 title.
Captain Stafanie Taylor cannot
quite believe that the West Indies
are the new World T20 winners,
after they beat three-time
champions Australia Women by
eight wickets in the final in Kolkata
on April 3.
West Indies chased down a stiff
target of 149 in the last over, but the
pursuit was made easier by a record
opening stand of 120 between Taylor
and Hayley Matthews.
"I don't think it has sunk in yet,"
Taylor said minutes after guiding her
team to victory. "When we wake up in
the morning it's going to be like 'is it a
real trophy?' I will ask myself, 'is this
real?' When we touch down at the
Caribbean that's when it's going to hit
you. [There will be] a lot of people
with cameras you will realise that you
have won the World Cup."
Taylor did not just revel in the
celebrations of West Indies' maiden
World T20 title, but also expressed
that the victory could act as a
stepping stone for women's cricket in
the Caribbean islands. She called for
the authorities to develop
infrastructure so that the women's
game would develop there.
"We have to move on from here,
not just enjoy, look at it [as a]
stepping stone," Taylor said. "We don't
want to [be] stuck here. We definitely
need some infrastructure like in
Australia and England. We need
young guys coming up.
"When these core players go, it will
deteriorate. We need to start building.
We need consistency to compete
[against] teams like England and
Taylor scored 59 off 57, her 18th
T20I fifty, in West Indies' chase and
ended the tournament as the highest
run-scorer with a tally of 246 and an
average of 41. She is also the second-
highest run-scorer in women's T20Is
with 2208 runs, behind Charlotte
Edwards' total of 2605 runs. Taylor
said her team did not think much
about the total they were after, and
instead focused on batting through
"It's funny, we never discussed the
total," she said. "We just wanted to
bat through, it was good to keep
wickets in hand. We could do that,
stay there and bat through."
The chase was set up aggressively
by 18-year-old Matthews, who had
gone past the score of 20 only once in
the tournament, but shone in the final
by hammering 66 off 45 balls with six
fours and three sixes, to be named
the Player of the Match. It was her
maiden T20I fifty in her 19th match.
She had recently played for the
Hobart Hurricanes in the inaugural
Women's Big Bash League to score
195 runs, and her captain, Taylor, had
featured for the Sydney Thunder, who
won the tournament. Taylor credited
Matthews' stint in the Women's BBL
for their side's dominating show.
"It actually helped us," Taylor said.
"It was good for her exposure and
build on her. She's matured the way
The West Indies players were joined
in their celebrations by the men's
team who were going to play against
England soon at the same ground.
Taylor said the men's team were
backing them and were giving them
"We have the full support," she said.
"When we won the semis, Darren
Sammy said we need to celebrate and
have a drink. We are quite far far
away [from home]. We can't interact
face to face and rely on text
messages with people back home. We
just need to go there and do your
With one dream fulfilled, Taylor said
another one on the list was to play
Test cricket. "That's one of my dreams
- to play Test cricket. It will suit my
style and build my game. [I'd]
definitely like to play Test. Some of
the girls playing here will like the
longer format and build their game. It
will help us in ODI games."
Taylor had taken over the captaincy
only last September from Merissa
Aguilleira, and led West Indies to ODI
and T20I series wins against Pakistan
at home. She was the highest run-
scorer in the ODIs with an average of
"When we wake up in the
morning it's going to be like 'is it
a real trophy?'"
'Is this real?'
...a dream come true for Taylor
rinidad and T
urday, April 9, 2016
T20 Souvenir Magazine
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