Despite a brave fight-back, West Indies Women suffered their second defeat today going down to South Africa by four-wickets in the second One-Day International at Warner Park, Basseterre, St. Kitts.
Batting first, West Indies Women found the disciplined bowling of the visitors difficult to contend with, and were bowled out for a paltry 128 in 48.2 overs. In response the Proteas women struggled initially but eventually reached their victory target of 129 for 6 in 47.5 overs.
For the Caribbean women, only opener Stafanie Taylor looked capable of contending with the South African bowling making a top-score of 29. Captain Merissa Aguilleira provided the other main resistance, making a sedate 17. Barbados’ Kycia Knight chipped in with 12.
For South Africa, Sunette Loubser was a thorn in the side of the West Indies Women. The 30-year-old off-break bowler had the excellent figures of 8-3-11-4. In addition to being accurate, Loubser extracted significant turn and bounce and troubled all the West Indies’ batters. She got able assistance from Chloe Tyron who snared 2 for 18 and Dane Van Niekerk who captured 2 for 20.
Facing the daunting task of trying to restrict scoring and simultaneously getting wickets, the West Indies Women started brilliantly as they captured the first two South African wickets without a run on the board. Shandre Fritz was leg before wicket to Shanel Daley and Trisha Chetty went in similar fashion when she was trapped in front by Taylor.
An energetic Windies team were then stalled by a 47-run partnership between captain Mignon du Preez and Marizanne Kapp, the feature of which was their running between the wicket and du Preez’ placement of shots into the gaps.
West Indies then got an important breakthrough when Kapp was well caught at mid-wicket by Daley as she essayed a big shot over the top at off-spinner Anisa Mohammed. She made 22. Susan Benade came to the crease but did not last very long. With the score on 54 Benade went for a heave, mistimed it and was caught on the mid-wicket boundary by Daley off Barbadian teenage leg-spinner Shaquana Quintyne for 3.
West Indies then got the key wicket of du Preez who had looked solid from the time she came to the wicket. On 25, she lost her wicket when she was run out while backing up to far to leave South Africa struggling on 66 for 5 in the 27th over.
A partnership between all-rounder Van Niekerk and Cri-zelda Brits again held up the West Indies as they took the score to 90. Then a moment of brilliance from Aguilleira garnered the West Indies their sixth wicket. Brits, on 18, attempted to glance a delivery from Shemaine Campbelle but only succeeded in edging through to the Trinidadian gloves-woman who took it expertly down the leg side.
However, any sniff of a come-from-behind victory was snuffed out by Van Niekerk and the incoming Yolandi Potgieter. The two held their nerve and withstood the combined spin and pace attack which the West Indies Women threw at them in a 39-run seventh wicket partnership. Van Niekerk finished on 33 while Potgieter made an unbeaten 16.
Player of the match was Loubser.†††