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Taylor eyes maiden century after signing new Thunder deal

Thursday, December 07, 2017

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MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC) – West Indies Women captain Stafanie Taylor has signed a new two-year deal with Sydney Thunder and says her objective is to notch her maiden Twenty20 hundred in the new Women's Big Bash League campaign which bowls off this weekend.

The stellar right-hander, who also bowls penetrative off-spin, has been a key member of the Thunder squad for the last two seasons and was central to their title-winning success in the inaugural 2015/16 season.

“I'm really excited to be back at the Thunder. It is a really great group to be a part of and I'm looking forward to seeing everyone again,” Taylor said.

“I'm hoping this year I can score my first Twenty20 century; that's my goal for this season.”

Taylor is one of the leading players in the women's game, with over 4028 runs and 127 wickets in 108 one-dayers, and 2474 runs and 68 scalps from 80 T20 Internationals.

The Jamaican has managed 661 runs and 12 wickets in her first two seasons with Thunder, and general manager Lee Germon said she remained a definite asset to the franchise.

“Stafanie is hugely respected on the international cricket scene for her ability and leadership,” he noted.

“As captain of the West Indies side, she will complement our strong leadership group. She will bring experience and power as a batter, and guile as a bowler in our line-up.”

Taylor joins the likes of Indian stroke-maker Harmanpreet Kaur and New Zealand star Rachel Priest in a Thunder line-up led by Australia vice-captain Alex Blackwell.

Thunder raise the curtain on the new season with a clash against Melbourne Renegades at Sydney North Oval on Saturday.

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