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One month until the ICC Women's World Cup comes to Taunton

There is now just one month to go until the County Ground, Taunton stages its first match in the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup.

Taunton will play host to seven matches in the Group Stage of the tournament with the first match being the massive encounter between the current holders Australia and many people’s favourites to take that crown, the West Indies.

Not only will the game bring together two cricketing super-powers, it will see two of the finest players currently plying their trade going head to head.

Stafanie Taylor and Ellyse Perry are both vital to their countries and they will both be looking to come out on top at Taunton on June 26th.

Taylor will be no stranger to Somerset supporters after her exploits in the 2016 Kia Super League for Western Storm.  The 25 year old had a stunning season for the Storm and played a major role in the side reaching the final of the competition.  She scored more runs and took more wickets in the tournament than any other player.

Taylor made her International debut in an ODI against Ireland at the age of just 17 and three days later smashed her way to a 49 ball 90 in an IT20 against the same opposition.   In 2013 she became the first player in history, male or female, to ever achieve the number one ODI ranking in both batting and bowling simultaneously.  At just 19 she became the youngest woman to reach 1000 ODI runs and in 2015 she took over as West Indies Women captain from Merissa Aguilleira.   In 2016 she led West Indies to the Women’s World T20 title where they beat Australia in the final.  She finished the competition as the leading run-scorer, picked up eight wickets and was also named Player of the Tournament.

Perry has also impressed at Taunton having scored an excellent 78 against England at the County Ground in the 2015 Ashes opener before being named player of the series as Australia came out on top against their old enemy.

Like Taylor, Perry made a big impression at a young age and became the youngest Australian ever to play international cricket when she made her debut against New Zealand at the age of 16, despite never having played a domestic match at the senior level.  Also like Taylor she could well have had a career in football.  Indeed she has represented Australia in World Cup football, becoming the first woman to appear for her country in World Cups in two different sports.

It is cricket where the 26 year old has really excelled though and she has been the cornerstone of Australia’s success over the last few years.  In 2010 she was Australia’s leading wicket-taker in their successful Women’s World Twenty20 campaign in the Caribbean and was a vital element of their 2013 ICC Women’s World Cup triumph.

The Stats

There is no separating the two players in terms of what they have achieved with the bat in ODI cricket.  Taylor has played in 98 ODI’s and averages 44.42 whilst Perry averages 47.47 from her 83 matches.  There is also nothing to choose between the pair with the ball in the 50-over game with Taylor taking 114 wickets at an average of 18.77 whilst Perry has claimed 113 victims at an average of just 24.35.

Which player will come out on top at Taunton on June 26th?  Make sure that you are here to witness what promises to be a classic encounter.

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The full list of matches at Taunton during the ICC Women’s World Cup is as follows:

Ellyse Perry Image courtesy of Getty

 

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