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WI women historic T20 World Cup win a giant step forward - Sports minister

Published:Sunday | April 3, 2016 | 4:21 PM
Sports Minister Olivia Grange

Jamaica’s sports minister says the West Indies women’s team win of the T20 World Cup is a giant step forward and great moment for women in sport.

In congratulating the Windies women on their historic defeat of Australia to lift the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, Sports Minister Olivia Grange said today: “Our ladies have been outstanding throughout the entire T20 World Cup in India and deserve all the praise.”

Grange continued to adulate the women by singling out captain Stefanie Taylor who grew up in her 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,” she said.

“I am also pleased to tell the country that I will be resuscitating and fast-tracking plans for the Stefanie Taylor Oval at Eltham High School during our previous time in government prior to now.” 

The West Indies women’s team defeated their Australian counterparts by eight wickets at Eden Gardens, India to claim their maiden hold on the prestigious trophy. Powerful half-centuries from Hayley Matthews and skipper Stefanie Taylor setup a thrilling victory for the Caribbean side, achieved with three balls to spare.

“It’s a fantastic feeling that represents another important milestone in West Indies cricket that I hope will act as a catalyst to return the region to the top of world cricket,” the sports minister said.

Meanwhile, the West Indies men are chasing 156 runs to claim the T-20 World Cup over England.

Up to news time the team had scored 137 for six with one over remaining.   

Marlon Samuels, on 84 runs, is leading the West Indies chase, after Chris Gayle made an early departure scoring four from two balls.

Johnson Charles, who opened batting for the West Indies, made one run; while Landl Simmons followed Gayle, after her was sent off the field for leg before wicket without scoring a single run.

Dwayne Bravo went for 25; Andre Russell 1 and Darren Sammy made two runs. 

Follow jamaica-gleaner.com for updates on the match.