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Stafanie Taylor Has No Regrets About Southern Vipers Move

Stefanie Taylor Has No Regrets About Southern Vipers Move
Stefanie Taylor Has No Regrets About Southern Vipers Move

Her old team Western Storm might be in control of this year’s Kia Super League, but Stefanie Taylor has no regrets about her move to Southern Vipers.

And the West Indies all-rounder believes a more relaxed environment has been the key to some impressive form for her new team.

“I find here a lot more laid back,” she said. “The players are freer. It is nice to be in an environment which isn’t quite as intense.”

After scores of 40, 38, 44 not out and 51, the Jamaican endured a rare failure with the bat in Vipers’ big win over Surrey Stars on Sunday when she was out for four.

But Taylor more than atoned with the ball, picking up three for 11 with her off breaks as Vipers won by 89 runs to move above Stars into second place ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Bristol to face her former club (2.30pm).

She has now scored 177 runs and taken seven wickets in this year’s tournament. Only five players have scored more runs or taken more wickets with four games of the group stage left.

Taylor had a modest series against England earlier this year, averaging 25.75 with the bat and taking four wickets but with the sun out in the second half of the summer she has found her form at the right time.

“The last few weeks with the Vipers have been pretty good,” said Taylor. “I wasn’t in the best of form against England so it is nice to come back here and get some runs.

“I don’t think I got used to conditions during the England series. It was quite cold and I struggled but it’s warmed up a bit and I have settled in with the Vipers.

“I find not having the captaincy has helped me as well. I can just go out there and play my game. In between the series and the KSL I went back home, had a few weeks off and then had a rehab camp so I have come back feeling really good about myself.

“(Vipers director of cricket) Charlotte Edwards has told me to go out there and play my natural game and not worry about anything and it is paying off.”

A feature of Vipers matches this season has been Taylor’s partnerships with 20-year-old Maia Bouchier. Their 94 against Lancashire Thunder last week helped Vipers recover from 23 for four to claim a tie and they also added 48 when Storm won at the Ageas Bowl last week.

Taylor said: “I find batting with Maia pretty good. It was the first time we have played together this season but we seem to understand each other and that has made it easier with our running. It’s good for her to get some runs and form as well.”