Trisha Chetty and Dane van Niekerk both stroked half-centuries, paving the way for South Africa Women’s 35-run consolation win against West Indies Women in East London today. Victory was not of much significance, though, as West Indies had already sealed the three-match series having won the first two One-Day Internationals.
South Africa, opting to bat on winning the toss, compiled a score of 235 for 6, built on the back of two big partnerships. First, Chetty (55) and Mignon du Preez (43) added 72 for the second wicket, before Marizanne Kapp (39) and Dane van Niekerk provided the innings late impetus by stringing together a 64-run fifth-wicket stand. Van Niekerk slammed 55 off 48 balls before being run out.
Shaquana Quintyne was the best of the Windies’ bowlers with 1 for 28 in her 10 overs.
West Indies, in reply, lost their opener Hayley Matthews early in the chase, but Quintyne (40) and Kyshona Knight (18) led a recovery with a 57-run partnership for the second wicket. Quintyne’s steady improved batting has seen her moved up the batting line-up over the last few months after initially starting her career in the lower order.
However, just when they seemed to be steadying the innings, the West Indies women lost wickets in a cluster to soon fall to 118 for 5. One of the key wickets claimed by the Proteas women during this spell was that of the hard-hitting Deandra Dottin. She blasted 25 in 23 balls with five boundaries but just as it looked as though she could take the game away from the hosts, she was bowled by Kapp to make the West Indies 96 for 4. She was soon followed back to the pavilion by Britney Cooper who was caught by Sune Luus off the bowling of right-arm medium pacer Masabata Klaas.
Former skipper Merissa Aguilleira (40) who has been in a rich vein of form since losing the captaincy, and Shemaine Campbelle (27) batting at number seven offered the team some hope by adding 52 for the sixth wicket, but Aguilleira’s wicket in the 43rd over left the lower order with too much to do, as West Indies could only muster 200 for 8 from their 50 overs. Aguilleira hit three boundaries in her 65-ball knock before she was also caught by Luus off Klaas.
The West Indies Women were playing without regular captain Stafanie Taylor and the side was captained by Barbadian fast bowler Shakera Selman.
Klaas (2 for 33) and Luus (2 for 30) snared two wickets apiece, while Kapp, Ayabonga Khaka and van Niekerk chipped in with one each.
South Africa Women
A Steyn b Connell 21
T Chetty+ b Selman 55
M du Preez* b Quintyne 43
M Kapp b Matthews 39
L Lee c Campbelle b Dottin 6
D van Niekerk run out (Quintyne/Campbelle) 55
S Luus not out 1
Total: 235/6 (50 Overs)
Extras: (lb 1, w 13, nb 1) 15
Did not Bat: S Ismail, M Klaas, D Devnarain, A Khaka.
Fall of Wickets: 1-39 (Steyn, 8.5 ov), 2-111 (du Preez, 24.5 ov), 3-152 (Chetty, 36.1 ov), 4-163 (Lee, 39.1 ov), 5-227 (Kapp, 49.1 ov), 6-235 (van Niekerk, 49.6 ov).
West Indies Women Bowling: S Connell 7-0-30-1, S King 5-1-18-0, A Mohammed 6-0-41-0, S Quintyne 10-0-28-1, D Dottin 7-0-40-1, H Matthews 9-0-46-1, S Selman 6-0-31-1.
West Indies Women
H Matthews run out
S Quintyne b van Niekerk 40
Kyshona A Knight c Chetty b Khaka 18
D Dottin b Kapp 25
M Aguilleira+ c Luus b Klaas 40
B Cooper c Luus b Klaas 10
S Campbelle st Chetty b Luus 27
S King not out 13
A Mohammed c van Niekerk b Luus 1
S Selman not out 10
Total: 200/8 (50 Overs)
Did not Bat: S Connell.
Fall of Wickets: 1-9 (Matthews, 2.2 ov), 2-66 (Quintyne, 18.6 ov), 3-66 (Kyshona A Knight, 19.1 ov), 4-96 (Dottin, 24.6 ov), 5-118 (Cooper, 32.4 ov), 6-170 (Aguilleira, 42.4 ov), 7-173 (Campbelle, 43.5 ov), 8-177 (Mohammed, 45.2 ov).
South Africa Women Bowling: S Ismail 8-0-42-0, M Kapp 10-1-34-1, M Klaas 10-0-33-2, A Khaka 10-2-28-1, D van Niekerk 4-0-27-1, S Luus 8-0-30-2.
Result: South African Women won by 35 runs
Series: South Africa Women 1-2 West Indies Women
Toss: South Africa Women won the toss and elected to bat
Umpires: Allahudien Paleker & Phillip Vosloo
Match Referee: Shaid Wadvalla
Reserve Umpire: Dennis Smith