Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Stafanie Taylor produced a magnificent allround performance yesterday to lift the West Indies Women to a series clinching 95 runs win over New Zealand at Sabina Park yesterday.
Batting first after winning the toss, the West Indies, led by Taylor's unbeaten 135, reached 238 for six off their 50 overs. It was Taylor's fifth ODI century.
Taylor, who was later named player-of-the-match and player-of-the-series, then returned to take four for 36 with her off-spin to help dismiss the visitors for 147 off 43 overs.
West Indies lost the opening match of the three-game series by one run on Sunday, but won the second on Tuesday by 89 runs before yesterday's triumph.
"To win the series is an amazing feeling as it is the first time that we are doing so against New Zealand, who are one of the top teams in women's cricket," said West Indies captain Merissa Aguilleira.
"It was not easy, as after the first game defeat, we had to look into ourselves deeply and see what we were doing wrong. But the girls responded brilliantly in the second game, and today again remained on the ball, which allowed us to pull through."
New Zealand struck early when West Indies batted as opener Natasha Morgan fell for five with the score on eight. Taylor, however, took control soon after.
She put on 75 for the second wicket with opener Kycia Knight, who made a series-best 29, 20 for the third wicket with Shemaine Campbelle, who scored 11, 44 for the fourth wicket with Deandra Dottin, and 45 for the fifth with Aguilleira, who made 20. Taylor slammed 15 fours and two sixes in her unbeaten innings.
Leg-spinner Erin Bermingham, left-arm spinner Morna Nielsen, and off-spinner Frances McCkay all ended with a wicket each.
New Zealand struggled from the very beginning as without a run on the board, they lost their most influential batter and captain, Suzie Bates, via the run-out route.
The slide continued thereafter with only Katie Perkins, 34, and Amy Satterthwaite and wicketkeeper Rachel Priest, 20 each, offering any resistance against Taylor, and the left-arm spin of Daley, who took two for 28.
"Today they played really well," said Bates. "When we bowled, we were not as penetrative and consistent with our lines enough, while when we batted, our batters did not adapt to the conditions as well as we wanted.
"But that is how it goes. We have the Tri-Nation series involving England coming up next week, and the hope is that we will be able to regroup and put in a much better showing."