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Come out & support us, we`ll make up for men: WI women`s team

St Lucia: After the disappointing exit of their male counterparts from the Twenty20 World Cup, West Indian women`s cricketers said they are determined to make up for the men team`s poor show but what they need is overwhelming support from the cricket-crazy Caribbean people.

Even though Chris Gayle`s men crashed out in the Super Eight stage of the men`s tournament, West Indian eves will take on the in-form New Zealand in the second semi-final of the Women`s World Twenty20.

Keeping in mind the huge task at hand, all-rounder Stephanie Taylor has urged the countrymen to come out in numbers to support them.

"We would love the people of the West Indies and, in particular, St Lucia, to come out and support us on Friday," said Taylor.

"We need the support and I can promise that we will give everything we have in an effort to get to the final. We want persons to come along in big, big numbers and bring their cheers just as they would for the guys."

The cricket-crazy Caribbean people who saw their men`s team being bulldozed by Australia before being knocked out of the tournament on Tuesday have been reminded by Taylor that the region still has a team left in the event.

"We will be spurred on by persons shouting and cheering us along the way. It will make a big difference and would mean a lot to all of us," the Jamaican added.

The 18-year-old also feels that the cricket being played during the women`s tournament is of very high standard and the people coming in to watch them play would be impressed by the quality of efforts.

"I think people will be surprised by how good women`s cricket is these days. We train hard, we play hard and there is a lot of talent in the West Indies. It won`t be easy playing against New Zealand because they have some good players. They will come hard at us and we must respond in the same way. It will be hard cricket against hard cricket and it should be good to watch," said Taylor.

Though, Taylor hopes of making it to the grand Finale on Sunday, she is wary of the powerful opponents in the semis and hopes the crowd would be their `twelfth-man` on the play field.

In an initiative designed to promote women`s cricket, the semi-finals and final of the women`s section run as double-headers with the men`s equivalent with the matches being televised live around the globe.

The first semi-final takes place at Beausejour Cricket Stadium here today between Australia and India. The following day Taylor and her team-mates would take on the White Ferns at the same venue and possibly give the home crowd something to cheer about.

PTI

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