A half-century by Suné Luus and forties from Dané van Niekerk and Laura Wolvaardt set up victory by 40 runs for the Proteas in their opening match of the ICC Women’s Championship ODI series against the West Indies, at the Kensington Oval in Barbados, on Sunday.
The visitors posted 201/9 at the end of their 50 overs after they were put in to bat first. South Africa got off to a shaky start when they lost opener Lizelle Lee without scoring in the opening over of the match to Shamilia Connell (1/27).
Luus and number three batter, Laura Wolvaardt (45 off 83 balls) brought stability to the innings with their 103-run partnership before Windies captain Stefanie Taylor struck, denying the latter her half-century in the 28th.
Luus (58) departed soon after, adding 14 runs to the board with her captain before being trapped in front off Taylor. Chloe Tryon made a cameo, hitting 23 from 14 balls as three run outs saw the visitors’ restricted to 201 – a score they were happy with in the end.
Taylor was the home side’s leading wicket taker with 3/37 in her 10-over spell, with Deandra Dottin providing support with her 2/36 in eight.
The West Indian innings got off to a similar start as South Africa’s. Hayley Matthews became Marizanne Kapp’s 100th ODI wicket after edging the ball to the keeper without scoring off the second delivery of the innings.
Kycia Knight was the top order’s shining light as wickets tumbled around her. Number five batter Shemaine Campbelle was the leading run scorer with 46 from 71 deliveries. Anisa Mohamed (23 off 36) at nine, frustrated the South African attack but in the end her obstinate innings was brought to a grinding halt at the hands of Zintle Mali.
Kapp was the chief destroyer, returning remarkable figures of 3/14 in nine overs, including two maidens. Her wicket tally moves to 102 in 94 matches.
Mali and debutant Tumi Sekhukhune rallied around her, adding 2/11 and 2/28 respectively, as the hosts were bowled out for 161 with four overs to spare.
The second match will take place at the same venue on Wednesday, 19 September.
Tour Fixtures and Results:
Sun 16 Sept: Proteas beat the West Indies by 40 runs
Wed 19 Sept: 2nd IWC ODI (Kensington Oval)
Sat 22 Sept: 3rd IWC ODI (Kensington Oval)
Mon 24 Sept: 1st T20I (Kensington Oval)
Fri 28 Sept: 2nd T20I (Brian Lara Cricket Academy)
Sun 30 Sept: 3rd T20I (Brian Lara Cricket Academy)
Wed 3 Oct: 4th T20I (Brian Lara Cricket Academy)
Sat 6 Oct: 5th T20I (Brian Lara Cricket Academy)
Momentum Proteas squad to West Indies:
Dané van Niekerk (captain, Eastern Province)
Chloe Tryon (vice-captain, KwaZulu-Natal Coastal)
Laura Wolvaardt (Western Province)
Lizelle Lee (North West)
Suné Luus (Northerns)
Mignon du Preez (Northerns)
Marizanne Kapp (Eastern Province)
Shabnim Ismail (Gauteng)
Raisibe Ntozakhe (Gauteng)
Masabata Klaas (North West)
Zintle Mali (Border)
Trisha Chetty (Gauteng)
Robyn Searle (Gauteng)
Tumi Sekhukhune (Easterns)
Saarah Smith (Western Province)
Hilton Moreeng (Head Coach)
Salieg Nackerdien (Assistant Coach)
Sedibu Mohlaba (Manager)
Abram Ramoadi (Performance Analyst)
Russell Clarke (Strength & Conditioning Coach)
Molebatsi Theletsane (Physiotherapist)
Sipokazi Sokanyile (Media Liaison)
Photo 1 caption: Suné Luus was the Momentum Proteas’ top-scorer and instrumental in the series’ first ODI win against the West Indies, at the Kensington Oval in Barbados on Sunday. Photo: West Indies livestream broadcast on Youtube
Photo 2 caption: ICC leading bowler Marizanne Kapp was meticulous as always, and rung up a memorable milestone when she took the Windies opener Hayley Matthews’ scalp for her 100th ODI wicket. Photo: West Indies livestream broadcast on Youtube
Photo 3 caption: Proteas newcomer Zintle Mali backed up her seniors when she took two wickets for 11 runs in three overs on Sunday. Photo: West Indies livestream broadcast on Youtube
Photo 4 caption: Luus got the nod for the opening ODI’s Player of the Match award for her innings-leading 58 (86 balls), added to the key wicket of Deandra Dottin for figures of 1 wicket for 19 runs in 4 overs. Photo: West Indies livestream broadcast on Youtube
With editing by gsport