3rd Annual Atlanta Women’s T20 Tournament
Atlanta, GA – Georgia Women Cricket Association (GWCA) today announced that Ms. Stafanie Taylor, the West Indies’ hard-hitting batswoman will be the West Indies Cricket Board’s (WICB) Women’s Cricket Ambassador at the 3rd Annual Atlanta Women’s T20 Tournament. Ms. Taylor’s presence at the tournament is being made possible through the kind courtesy of Atlantis Cricket Club – New York.

Stafanie Taylor of West Indies plays a shot during the ICC Women World Cup Super Six match between New Zealand and West Indies played at the Brabourne stadium in Mumbai, India on February 10, 2013. (ICC/SOLARIS IMAGES)

The American Cricket Federation is the title sponsor of the tournament being staged this Memorial Day Weekend (May 25-26) in Atlanta, GA. The four participating teams are defending champions Atlantis, Atlantic Region Lady Eagles, a Cayman Islands Women’s club XI, and host team Atlanta Pearls.

Ms. Taylor is the International Cricket Council (ICC) 2012 ODI Women’s Cricketer of the Year. The 22 year-old made her ODI debut for the West Indies against Ireland in 2008 at age 17.  In 64 ODI appearances, she has scored 2,444 runs at an average of 43.64, including four centuries and sixteen 50s, while in 44 T20s she has amassed 1,161 runs at an average of 33.17 per appearance. The all-rounder has also captured 80 ODI and 48 T20 wickets, in 64 and 44 matches respectively.

According to tournament organizer, Petal Samuels, “GWCA is delighted to have Ms. Taylor at the tournament. I have no doubt that her participation will be a plus for all the competing teams and the tournament, and it will serve to help develop women’s cricket in the USA. I am inviting women and men to come out to see Ms. Taylor in action on Saturday, May 25 at Creel Park, 2775 Creel Road, College Park, Georgia.”

The WICB, as a kind gesture, has graciously agreed to Ms. Taylor’s participation in the tournament and as its Women’s Cricket Ambassador. Earlier this year the Jamaica-born batswoman unleashed a remarkable 171 off 137 balls against Sri Lanka women in Mumbai, India, as the West Indies women crushed their Sri Lankan counterparts by a whopping 209 run margin.

In an invited comment, Ms. Taylor who is currently vacationing in the USA said that she was looking forward to the tournament and doing whatever is possible to help women’s cricket grow in this part of the world.