Staf feels grand

West Indies batting star Stafanie
Taylor has reached 1,000 runs in One-Day Internationals remarkably quickly. The
19-year-old Jamaican reached the milestone during Thursday’s match against
Ireland, the second match of the ICC Challenge Tournament. It was her 28th
match and in the process she became the youngest woman ever and the first woman
from the Caribbean to reach 1,000 runs in international cricket.

“I feel really great to reach such
a milestone at such a young age,” she said. “I am happy that I made it in just
so few matches as well. What is particularly pleasing is the fact I was
thinking about reaching the record during this series and I managed to do it. I
set my mind to do something and I didn’t linger. I did what I said I would do
and I got it. Right now I feel really great.

“West Indies don’t play as much as
other teams so to reach this milestone after just two years at the
international level, is a major plus. I want to thank my team-mates, our coach
and the support staff for all their help. We have a great bunch of players here
and we receive excellent support from everyone. I am also very happy that my
performances are helping the team to win. We really want to win this tournament
and maintain our No.5 ranking.”

Taylor eventually ended with 72 off
94 balls – her fifth ODI half-century, which is also a West Indies record. This
followed up her career-best 147 against the Netherlands on Thursday which was
her second ODI century – another West Indies record – surpassing the 109 she
made against South Africa last year. The West Indies won the match by 165 runs
– their second win – following their 148-run victory over the Netherlands on
Wednesday.