Stafanie Taylor leads from front as West Indies level series
West Indies Women 223-6 (Taylor 85) beat
England Women 181 (Beaumont 57) by 42 runs
Fourth One-Day International in Jamaica
Stafanie Taylor top-scored with 85 runs and picked three wickets as well as West Indies Women managed to successfully defend 223 runs against England Women and secured a crucial 42-run victory in the fourth One-Day International in Jamaica thereby levelling the series 2-2.
West Indies won the toss and elected to bat first. Natalie Sciver (1-13) removed Hayley Matthews (8) early but Shaquana Quintyne (41) and Taylor (85) negated the new ball bowlers of England.
The pair added 69 runs for the second wicket. After her 61-ball knock which included two boundaries and a six, Quintyne was dismissed by Heather Knight (1-34).
However, Taylor went on to complete her half-century and West Indies went past the 100-run mark following which Deandra Dottin (18) was run out by Sciver.
Just when the innings looked in deep trouble, Taylor and Merissa Aguilleira (32) added a vital 45-run stand. Aguilleira was aggressive in her 33-ball knock that included four boundaries.
The West Indian captain eventually fell 15 runs short of a deserving century as the home team ended at 223 for six in their 50 overs.
Lauren Winfield (51) and Tammy Beaumont (57) were among the runs once again and gave England the perfect start, adding 95 runs in 114 deliveries.
However, it was Taylor (3-22) once again, who created the impact after having Beaumont caught and bowled in the 20th over. Winfield looked solid and added another partnership of 38 runs with Knight (36) but the former's run out triggered the collapse for England.
Within a span of five runs, England lost Winfield, Sciver (3) and Danielle Wyatt (0) and were reduced to 137 for four. Knight waged a lone fight but Taylor returned back to dismiss her in the 40th over. England were 165 for eight at that position.
It took West Indies just 16 more runs to dismiss the remaining two wickets as England were bowled out for 181. The 42-run victory allowed West Indies to level the series 2-2 and also added another vital two points to their tally in ICC Women's Championship.
Taylor, without a doubt was the player of the match for her all-round effort. The fifth and final ODI will be played at the same venue on Wednesday.
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