Windies lose to Proteas

†BASSETERRE – West Indies Women opened their five-match One-Day International series against the South African Women in disappointing fashion going down by 80 runs at Warner Park in St. Kitts today.

Batting first South Africa made a challenging 206 for 8 in their 50 overs with Trisha Chetty making a classy 58. It was a controlled innings by the young South African with one of the features of her partnership with Mignon du Preez being their running between the wickets.

Preez fell just short of her own half-century when she was dismissed for 48 as the South Africans tried to up the tempo. Shandre Fritz chipped in with 24.† Teenage leg-spinner Shaquana Quintyne was the pick of the West Indies’ bowlers with figures of 2 for 30. Shanel Daley also captured two wickets (2-33).

When they batted the West Indies were guilty of poor shot selection as batter after batter lost their wickets playing across the line to be all out for 126 in 35 overs.

Captain Merissa Aguilleira scored a patient 40 and showed the rest of the order what playing with a straight bat could have achieved.

The big-hitting Deandra Dottin promised much but once again after getting a start surrendered her wicket for 26.

Dane Van Niekerk bowled excellently and posed problems consistently for the West Indies line-up, finishing with figures of 5-28.

The next match is on Wednesday at the same location.†††

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