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WI women square ODI series

ROSEAU – West Indies Women showed great determination today to defeat South Africa Women by 22 runs at Windsor Park, Roseau, Dominica, and level their five-match One-Day International series at 2-2.

Batting first, West Indies found the South African bowling quite challenging but batted purposefully if somewhat slowly to score 177 for eight in their 50 overs.

Once again world-rated all-rounder Stafanie Taylor was the star of the show. The Jamaican opener played responsibly to score 76 with excellent strokeplay on both sides of the wicket being the feature of her innings.

Taylor got valuable assistance from Shemaine Campbelle who contributed 47 in circumstances where the South African bowlers threatened to run through the Windies’ batting line-up, with none of the other batters featuring significantly.

Leg-spinner Dane Van Niekirk was the best of the Proteas’ bowlers with figures of 3 for 31, while Chloe Tryon took 2 for 28.

In response, West Indies Women bowled brilliantly to dismiss the South Africans for 155 in 46.3 overs.†

Marizanne Kapp led the batting effort but was then dismissed for 40 when she was really getting into her stride. Cri-zelda Brits chipped in with 35 and Mignon de Preez made an attractive 25.

However, West Indies Women were able to take wickets at key moments whenever the South Africans threatened to put together meaningful partnerships.†Shakera Selman bowled an excellent spell to return figures of 2 for 14, while Shemaine Campbelle completed a good all-round showing by capturing 2 for 28. Barbadian leg-spinner Shaquana Quintyne chipped in with figures of 2 for 34.

South Africa won the first two matches of the series, West Indies won the third, while the fourth was rained out at the same venue on Sunday.

Taylor was adjudged Player-of-the-Match, as well as Player-of-the-Series.

Summarised scores: West Indies 177 for eight off 50 overs (Stafanie Taylor 76, Shemaine Campbelle 47; Dane van Niekerk 3-31, Chloe Tryon 2-28)† South Africa 155 all out off 46.3 overs (Marizanne Kapp 40, Cri-zelda Brits 35, Mignon de Preez 25; Shakera Selman 2-14, Shemaine Campbelle 2-28, Shaquana Quintyne 2-34)††

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