BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):
Top West Indies women's cricketer Stafanie Taylor says she is anticipating a large turnout of spectators at Kensington Oval to witness the final of the Women's Twenty20 International Tri-nations Series between the regional side and England tonight.
The tournament - which also involved New Zealand - is the first international women's series being played in the region and it has been attracting large crowds comprising regional and international spectators.
Taylor was speaking after the West Indies victory over England in a super over to end the preliminary phase of the tournament on Thursday night.
"To be honest, I like the support. People are actually coming out and supporting us and I must say I want them to continue supporting us," Taylor said in an interview with WICB media.
"Saturday is the final and I know it's going to be a bigger crowd and I hope everybody will come out and enjoy the game."
Stand-in captain Taylor, the Player of the Match who top-scored with 40, was also the leading wicket-taker with three scalps, including two in consecutive balls, to extend the early damage already done by Anisa Mohammed.
Mohammed removed Laura Winfield for 18 in her second ball and had Sarah Taylor caught behind by substitute wicketkeeper Shermaine Campbelle, who performed brilliantly behind the stumps.
Lydia Greenway top-scored for England with 36, a crucial innings which kept the visitors in the game and eventually helped to force the super over.
The super over became necessary after a tied game, with both teams scoring 118 for seven.
Four runs were needed off the final delivery of the game and the England batters scrambled through for three runs to even the scores after Danielle Hazell edged to third man.
"I think it was actually good in the end," said Taylor, the stand-in captain for regular skipper Merissa Aguilleira, who was suffering from a flu.
"I thought that, after the two wickets that we got in the last over, it was a kind of a booster and it was kind of sad that from the one last ball they got three runs to tie the game, but I think, all in all, we did well."
Deandra Dottin thrilled her home-town supporters by leading the victory charge with two fours in consecutive balls, as West Indies scored nine without loss after England posted six for one wicket in the super over.
Taylor says the team favoured 17-year-old spin sensation Shaquana Quintyne as the best choice to bowl the super over for West Indies.
"I think everybody decided that, at the end of the day, she had better stats than I did. So we thought that it would be best for her to bowl," said Taylor.
"I thought she held her nerve and bowled really, really well. I am very proud of her."
Both teams had already qualified for the final and will, therefore, meet in a highly anticipated tournament from 7 p.m. Eastern Caribbean time.