The Proteas women held their nerve and clinched a three-wicket victory over West Indies in a nail-biting fifth and final T20I at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad and Tobago on Saturday.
Listen to Player of the Series Lizelle Lee talk to CSA’s Sipokazi Sokanyile about the win.
The series ends drawn two-all (Match Three was abandoned due to a soggy outfield).
Lizelle Lee top scored for the visitors with a quick-fire 42 from just 24 deliveries as they successfully chased down the Windies’ 155/5 with one ball to spare.
Lee, along with her opening partner Laura Wolvaardt got South Africa’s reply off to a solid start with a 37-run stand before the latter edged the ball to the keeper, departing for 23 at the end of the fourth over.
Lee pressed on with Robyn Searle (14), smashing 10 boundaries as she went before her progress was halted by Afy Fletcher (1/24) in the seventh over.
Watch the match courtesy Windies Cricket on Youtube:
Chloe Tryon and Mignon du Preez were the other notable contributors with the bat, scoring 31 (22 balls) and 25 (21) as South Africa soldiers on towards their target.
Earlier, Hayley Matthews scored an exciting 70 from just 52 deliveries to help set up her side’s competitive total. The opening batter hit three sixes and eight boundaries as she raced to score while South Africa managed to strike at a regular rate.
Shemaine Campbelle and Natasha McLean brought up the remaining notable contributions with respective scores of 28 and 23.
Saarah Smith returned 2/24 with Tumi Sekhukhune (1/19), Zintle Mali (1/21) and Masabata Klaas (1/33) returning a scalp each.
Today’s victory brings a positive end to the tour for the visitors and will give them good momentum going into the ICC Women’s World T20 to be held in the Windies this November.
ODI Tour Results – Series Drawn 1-1:
Sun 16 Sept: 1st ODI – Proteas won by 40 runs
Wed 19 Sept: 2nd ODI – No result (Match rained out)
Sat 22 Sept: 3rd ODI – West Indies won by 115 runs
T20I Tour Results – Series Drawn 2-2:
Mon 24 Sept: 1st T20I – West Indies won by 17 runs
Fri 28 Sept: 2nd T20I – West Indies won by 9 wickets (27 balls remaining)
Sun 30 Sept: 3rd T20I – No result (Match abandoned without a ball bowled)
Wed 3 Oct: 4th T20I – Proteas won by 8 wickets (8 balls remaining)
Sat 6 Oct: 5th T20I – Proteas won by 3 wickets (1 ball remaining)
ICC Women’s World T20 Fixtures for Proteas – Group A:
13 Nov: Sri Lanka
15 Nov: West Indies
16 Nov: England
19 Nov: Bangladesh
- All matches at Gros Islet
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: A battle-hardened but smiling Proteas women T20 International team after beating West Indies by 3 wickets in the final of five T20I fixtures, to draw the series 2-all after a remarkable come-from-behind effort that saw them trailing 0-2 after the first two matches. The are (top row, from left) Suné Luus, Chloe Tryon, Tumi Sekhukhune, Lizelle Lee, Marizanne Kapp, Masabata Klaas, (bottom row) Laura Wolvaardt, Saarah Smith, Zintle Mali, Mignon du Preez and Robyn Searle. Photo: @OfficialCSA on Twitter
With editing by gsport