STAFANIE Taylor's awesome all-round display propelled West Indies Women to a 95-run walloping of New Zealand in yesterday's decisive third match at Sabina Park as the hosts came from behind to record a historic 2-1 victory in the One-Day International (ODI) series.
The Jamaican struck a commanding 135 not out — her fifth ODI hundred — that was almost 60 per cent of the 238-6 team total, and the 22-year-old returned to capture four wickets as New Zealand slumped to 143 all out with seven overs remaining.
It was a first ever series win for the Caribbean women over their New Zealand counterparts.
Scores: West Indies 238-6 (50 overs); New Zealand 143 (43 overs).
Taylor predictably won the player of the match and the former Eltham High student also copped series honours after a total of 180 runs to go with a haul of 11 wickets.
She said it was a "great feeling scoring a hundred on home soil" and added it was a fitting end to the series after wanting to "please the home fans" from the opening match on Sunday.
The New Zealand skipper Suzie Bates conceded her team was "outplayed" yesterday, but she felt disappointed that her teammates were not able to rise to the challenge after Taylor's hundred.
Opting to bat first like they did in Tuesday's 89-run win, the West Indies were 8-1 after losing opener Natasha McLean for only five.
However, a 75-run second-wicket stand between Taylor, who batted at number three, and left-hander Kycia Knight, set the tone for a challenging total.
The 21-year-old Knight was bowled by left-arm slow bowler Morna Nielsen for 29, and Shemaine Campbelle (11) followed soon after.
But Taylor's 44-run fourth-wicket partnership with an unusually subdued Deandra Dottin (10), and an enterprising stand worth 45 with West Indies captain Merissa Aguilleira (20), prevented New Zealand from wresting the ascendancy.
Throughout her knock, Taylor, who hit 15 fours and two sixes off 148 balls, was dominant off the backfoot through the offside, while being equally unafraid to unleash lofted shots down the ground.
She reached 50 off 73 deliveries when she charged down the pitch and hoisted a loopy full toss from wrist-spinner Erin Bermingham to the midwicket boundary for four.
Her shot to arrive at the three-figure mark was contrastingly delicate, as she rocked back to caress Suzie Bates' short-pitched medium pace delivery to the deep backward point fence.
While Taylor's 100 came up in 128 balls, the next 35 runs were carved from only 20 deliveries as the world number seven-ranked ODI batter launched a brutal, but measured attack on the beleaguered Kiwis bowling unit.
Bermingham took 2-30 off five overs and off-spinner Frances Mackay finished with 2-47 off nine.
In search of 239 for an unlikely win, New Zealand lost the top-ranked ODI batter Bates (0) -- Sunday's century-maker -- through the run out route.
The wickets of Mackay (five) and Amy Satterthwaite (20) also fell before a 55-minute rain delay with the team struggling on 36-3.
Upon the resumption, the Kiwis lost wickets regularly and were dismissed well short of the target, as the batters failed to effectively combat the turn, bounce and accuracy of the West Indies spinners.
Katie Perkins, 25, top-scored with a battling 34.
Taylor, the world top-rated ODI all-rounder, took 4-36 off eight overs, while her compatriot left-arm finger spinner Shanel Daley took 2-28 off 10.
The teams are scheduled to move on to Barbados where they will be joined by Ashes-winners England for a Twenty20 tri-nation series from October 14-26.