Monday, January 22, 2018

Taylor, Quintyne stand out in ODIs


HOW’ZAT: West Indies skipper Merissa Aguilleira, right, takes off the bails as England’s Sarah Taylor makes it back to the crease during their Women’s ODI at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain on Sunday. Player-of-the-Series Taylor hit an even 100 to set up her team’s 89-run win. The visitors won the three-match series 2-0. —Photo: STEPHEN DOOBAY

Mark Fraser

West Indies women’s cricket team all-rounder Shaquana Quintyne was the best batter for the home team in their recent One-day International series against England.

But the 17-year-old was still not satisfied with her performance, especially after the Windies crashed to a 2-0 series defeat having lost to England by seven wickets on Friday night and then by 89 runs on Sunday night at Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain.

The first ODI was washed out on Monday.

The Barbadian teenager top-scored for the hosts in both matches, hitting 42 and 36 not out batting at number eight on both occasions.

Speaking to the media after the loss, Quintyne said: “I am not satisfied. I think I could have done better. I thank the Almighty. Hard luck girls but well done to England.

The West Indies batting failed miserably in the series as they tallied 126 on Friday and 96 on Sunday.

“The batting is not coming to the party so I think they have to go back to the drawing board and just stick to the basics,” she said.

With wickets tumbling in the West Indies innings, Quintyne said she had one thing on her mind and that was “just bat out all the overs.”

She is happy that her batting is coming on but insisted that she has more to learn and wants to keep on improving.

“I am a bowler in the team and my batting is coming to the party, so I feel a bit confident with my batting. I am disappointed in my bowling a bit but I am going back home and worker harder and come back ready,” Quintyne concluded.

For England, Player-of-the-Series Sarah Taylor was their best batter throughout. She scored 55 not out on Friday and 100 on Sunday to guarantee her team the rubber.

About her century, which was her fifth in ODI cricket, Taylor said: “We spoke the night before about making history and I don’t think anyone has beaten the West Indies at home in a series, so we spoke about that last night and that was the drive that pushed me through.”

“We also spoke about responsibility and me batting through and unfortunately wickets were falling at crucial times and the runs weren’t coming so it was important that I stayed there until the end and give myself and the team as many runs as possible,” she added.