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Taylor Supreme As West Indies Seal Series

Stafanie Taylor hits out
Stafanie Taylor hits out during her innings of 135 against New Zealand at Sabina Park
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West Indies Women 238-6 (Taylor 135no) beat
New Zealand Women 143 (Taylor 4-35) by 95 runs
Third One-Day International, Sabina Park, Jamaica
West Indies win the series 2-1

An outstanding all-round performance from Stafanie Taylor inspired the West Indies Women to a 95-run over New Zealand Women in the decisive third One-Day International at Sabina Park.

Taylor struck her fourth ODI century, finishing unbeaten on 135 as the home side scored 238 for six and she then took four wickets to help her team bowl New Zealand out for 143.

Although New Zealand fared much better than they had two days earlier when they were shot out for just 59, the margin of victory was six runs more, leaving them plenty to ponder as they head into the Twenty20 International tri-series also involving England.

Taylor, who reached her 2,500th ODI run early on, was perhaps at her imperious best, hitting 14 fours and overcoming a nervous wait in the 90s to power past the century-mark.

She faced 148 balls in all and her innings enabled the others to bat around her. Kycia Knight added 29 at the top of the order before Taylor dominated partnerships with Shemaine Campbelle (11), Deandra Dottin (10), Merissa Aguilleira (20) and Shanel Daley (15).

Erin Bermingham and Frances Mackay took a brace of wickets apiece while Morna Nielsen and Suzie Bates struck once but the White Ferns would come to rue their inability to remove Taylor.

Their innings was similar to the West Indies' but they needed somebody to go on and make a big score. For a time it looked as if Katey Perkins (34) or Amy Satterthwaite (20) might be about to do so, but each time a New Zealander got in, the West Indies got them out.

Taylor removed both Satterthwaite and Perkins, as well as Nielsen (7) and Rachel Candy (8) late on to wrap up the game.

Rachel Priest made 20 and Bermingham 12, the same score registered by Sophie Devine as New Zealand ceded the series 2-1; the West Indies having come from behind after the lost the opening match by one run.

Taylor finished with four for 35, Daley two for 29, Shaquana Quintyne one for 29 and Anisa Mohammed one for 24.

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