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Grange heaps praise on victorious West Indies women's T20 team

Published:Sunday | April 3, 2016 | 4:54 PM
The victorious West Indies women's T20 team celebrates.

The Sports and Gender Affairs Minister Olivia 'Babsy' Grange has congratulated the West Indies Women's team on its historic first-time win of the Cricket World Cup Twenty20 title.

"Today is another giant step forward and great moment for women in sport especially for those of us from the Caribbean," said Grange in a statement this afternoon.

The West Indies women defeated their Australian counterparts by eight wickets at Eden Gardens, India.

Powerful half-centuries from Hayley Matthews and skipper Stafanie Taylor setup a thrilling victory for the Caribbean side, with three balls to spare.

"Our ladies have been outstanding throughout the entire T20 World Cup in India and deserve all the praise," said Grange.

"I must reserve special praise, though, for women’s team captain Stafanie Taylor who I know personally as a little girl growing up in Gordon Pen in my constituency. As the first woman to lead the West Indies ladies to their first ever world title she's now a part of history that can never be eclipsed," the Sports Minister said.

Grange said she was also pleased to announce that she will be resuscitating and fast tracking plans for the Stafanie Taylor Oval at the Eltham High School.