POTCHEFSTROOM, South Africa (CMC):
Teenaged West Indies batsman Stafanie Taylor says she is thrilled to become the youngest ever woman to 1,000 runs in one-day internationals.
The 19-year-old passed the landmark after stroking 72 against Ireland on Thursday as West Indies won by 165 runs in the second match of the ICC Women's Challenge here.
"I feel really great to reach such a feat at such a young age. I am happy that I made it in just so few matches. What is particularly pleasing is the fact I was thinking about reaching the record during this series and I managed to do it," Taylor said.
"I set my mind to do something and I didn't linger. I did what I said I would do and I got it. Right now I feel really great. I never thought it would some so quick.
"We don't play as much as other teams, so to reach this milestone after two years at the international level is a major plus. I want to thank my teammates, our coach and the support staff for all their help."
Taylor started the current series on a high note with a magnificent 147 as West Indies crushed The Netherlands by 148 runs on Wednesday.
As the highest-ranked side in the six-team tournament, the Caribbean side entered the tournament as favourites and Taylor said they were focused on maintaining their high billing.
"We have a great bunch of players here and we receive excellent support from everyone. I am also very happy that my performances are helping the team to win. We really want to win this tournament and maintain our number-five ranking," said the Jamaican right-hander.
"As a team, we are proving that we are as good as the other teams around. The hard work still continues. We won the first two matches and we have more matches to go so we need keep up the good work."