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Taylor heaps praise on Jamaica teammates

Published:Saturday | August 16, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Captain Stafanie Taylor at the Norman Manley International Airport yesterday shortly after she arrived home with the championship trophy from the regional Super50 cricket championship. - Gladstone Taylor/Photographer

Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer

Captain Stafanie Taylor heaped praise on her teammates yesterday shortly after the Jamaica's female cricketers arrived home, two days after being crowned Regional Women's Super50 cricket champions for a fourth time.

Jamaica crushed Guyana by 218 runs in Wednesday's final in Dominica.

"I am very happy that most of our senior players came through this year because it wasn't like that last year," Taylor said. " (Last year) It was just one or two persons but for this year, it was like five or six players coming through and I thought that was actually very good for us."

Taylor said the team had to overcome several challenges during the tournament.

"It looks like it was quite easy, but it wasn't because it took a lot of hard work from us," Taylor said at the Norman Manley International Airport yesterday.

"First of all, there was a lot of rain and so we thought we would have been in some trouble but in the end ... we pulled it off," she said.

The Jamaicans got off to a slow start as they lost their opening game of the tournament to Guyana. However, they recovered well to record victories over Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and St Lucia.

Taylor, who is rated one of top female all rounders in the world, added that even after losing their opening game to Guyana, they remained confident they would emerge regional champions.

BOWLING OUR STRENGTH

"Our strength is in our bowling and we are a team that plays together and this helped us throughout the competition," Taylor said. "We won our semi-final game and in the final, we gave it our best and we came out victorious."

The stylish right-handed player who was the leading scorer in the tournament for the Jamaicans, will now turn her attention to the West Indies tour of New Zealand later this year.

"I started off slowly but gradually my form picked up and now I am where I want to be going into the West Indies camp for the New Zealand tour," she pointed out.

The female cricketers were met on arrival by officials from the Jamaica Cricket Association.