Captain Cri-Zelda Brits top-scored and took SA on to a victorious total of 239 for the loss of six wickets, after choosing to bat against the Netherlands in the first of three ODI’s, at the VRA Ground in Amstelveen, the Netherlands on Thursday.
Brits was able to build on a solid 50-run opening partnership between Claire Terblanche and Susan Benade, before being bowled by L Egging four runs away from a deserved half-century.
Johmari Logtenberg weighed in with 40, and Northerns newcomer Mignon du Preez struck a quick-fire-35 runs.
Claire Terblanche carried her bat to finish the innings with keeper Trisha Chetty with the side’s third-best strike-rate, and Chetty duly made Terblanche run for a super finish of 19 runs in thirteen balls, and only one boundary in there!
L Egging also produced the best bowling figures for the Dutch, her ten overs bringing her the wickets of Brits and Annelie Minny at a price of 51 runs, with only DM Braat producing more economical figures with 26 runs and two maidens in her 10.
In reply the Dutch suffered immediate loss, with opener CFF Oudolf falling to Shibnam Ismail before a brief innings-best partnership between captain HM Rambaldo and VCE Wattenberg.
Then South African destroyer-in-chief Sunette Loubser got into the action, and made up for missing out on a batting innings by taking two more quick wickets after removing the top-scoring Dutch skipper for 34, before bowling ME Nijman and trapping J Pashley leg-before for a combined eight runs.
The Dutch side managed to bat out the fifty overs, but their total of 140/9 meant a tournament-boosting 99-run win for the South African tourists, who after an against-the-odds test victory secured on Tuesday, will look to finish the series in style.