Stafanie Taylor hits 71 in West Indies women's intra-squad match
Photo: West Indies women in England.
West Indies women captain Stafanie Taylor scored an unbeaten half century on Monday in the tourists' first practice match since arriving in Derby two weeks ago for the West Indies women tour of England.
The 18 players on tour were divided into two squads captained by Taylor and Deandra Dottin. Taylor X1 won the match by eight runs.
Batting first, Taylor's X1 posted 131 for six with Taylor hitting 71 from 52 balls. Her knock included nine fours. The Jamaican was supported by Brittney Cooper with 24.
Aaliyah Alleyn was the most successful bowler for Dottin's XI with three for 35, while Shakera Selman had two for 15.
Dottin led her team well in the run-chase with 41 off 43 deliveries but it just wasn’t enough.
Sheneta Grimmond was the best bowler for Taylor X1 with two for 16, while Shamilia Connell had two for 23.
Speaking after the match, interim Head Coach Andre Coley said: “We’ve been here for two weeks doing a combination of various skills sessions in the nets, strength and conditioning and game-planning but today was our first time to get as close to a game scenario with this practice match.
“We split the teams as evenly as possible and some very promising performances came out of that. Both teams were able to bat the full 20-over innings. Players spent time at the crease building partnerships. So that was good to see, and we are happy with how things went. Now it’s just about fine-tuning and building momentum leading into the series next week.”
West Indies women will have one more practice match on Wednesday before the start of the series against Engand on Monday, September 21, at the Incora County Ground.
MATCH SCHEDULE VITALITY T20I SERIES
Monday September 21: 1st Vitality IT20, England v West Indies
Wednesday, September 23: 2nd Vitality IT20, England v West Indies
Saturday, September 26: 3rd Vitality IT20, England v West Indies
Monday, September 28: 4th Vitality IT20, England v West Indies
Wednesday, September 30: 5th Vitality IT20, England v West Indies