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Taylor pilots Western Storm into play-offs

Published:Tuesday | August 16, 2016 | 12:00 AM


West Indies Women's captain Stafanie Taylor sustained her great form with a strong all-round performance to help pilot Western Storm to a six-wicket win over Yorkshire Diamonds and into

Playing at Headingley, Diamonds were dismissed for 118 off their 20 overs, with off-spinner Taylor picking up two for 20 from her four overs.

The real bowling hero, however, was seamer Anya Shrubsole, who sent down a sensational four-wicket maiden in the last over of the innings to finish with five for 23.

Wicketkeeper Beth Mooney top-scored with 56 from 44 balls, while captain Lauren Winfield scored 32 from 27 balls and Alex Blackwell, 20 from 14 deliveries.

Mooney struck seven fours in her knock as she put on 40 for the second wicket with opener Winfield, who stroked six fours in her innings.

In reply, Taylor and opening partner Rachel Priest put the game to bed with a dominant stand of 101 off 76 balls.

The right-handed Taylor, with unbeaten half-centuries in her last two innings, carved out 45 off 43 deliveries with five fours and a six, while New Zealander Priest top-scored with exactly 50 off 35 balls with six fours and two sixes.

Jamaican Taylor's dismissal in the 13th over triggered a slide, which saw four wickets tumble for 16 runs in the space of 21 balls, but by then the damage had already been done.

Storm will now clash with Loughborough Lightning in next Sunday's play-offs, with the winners taking on Southern Vipers in the final.