Taylor’s counsel helped Dottin
Aggressive middle order batsman, Deandra Dottin, says advice from the world’s leading female cricketer, Stafanie Taylor, helped her achieve her goal of securing the top player award at the just ended Women’s Twenty20 International Tri-nations series on Saturday night.
Dottin, the powerful right-hander, was in fine form during the tournament, powering the Windies to a superb series triumph.
The 22-year-old made a blistering 46 not out in Saturday’s night final to pilot the home side to an eight-wicket win over England.
“Stafanie is ‘safe’...she’s our best player and she was just looking to bat through to the end of the innings. She gave me some good advice when I came in and told me to go for my shots,” Dottin said.
“I knew if I managed to get after the bowling we would win easily. When I hit the final four to win the match I felt great. It was a nice feeling to help us to win in front of our supporters.”
During the West Indies run chase Dottin came to the crease with the score at 41 for two in the seventh over.
She dominated an unbroken third wicket stand of 78 with Taylor, who took the Player of the Match award.
Taylor, who again played well for 51 not out, is ranked the top player across the Reliance ICC Women’s Player Rankings for ODIs.
“For me, from the start, I always said I wanted to win the Player of the Series award and I was glad I managed to pull it off,” said Dottin.
“This award means a lot to me. In this tournament I was able to settle down and play my natural game.”
Dottin ended the tournament with 156 runs in five innings at a strike rate of 133.33 to win the Virgin Atlantic Player of the Series award.
“The crowds have been fantastic throughout...really good to see the way the people come out and support the teams in this tournament,” the Barbadian cricketer said.
“We really tried hard to make them happy and give them something to ‘jump up’ for”.