South Africa women defeated the West Indies by 40 runs in the first game of a three-match One Day International series at Kensington Oval yesterday evening. The match which was scheduled to start at 9.30 a.m. was delayed for half an hour due to a heavy morning shower.
The Proteas women who were sent in to bat after West Indies’ captain Stafanie Taylor won the toss and elected to field, scored 201 for the loss of nine wickets from their fifty overs. Fast bowler Shamilia Connell took a wicket with the fifth ball of the first over of the innings when opener Lizell Lee was caught by Deandra Dottin at silly point for a duck.
Laura Wolvaardt (45) and Sune Luus (58) took control of the innings with a second-wicket partnership of 99 in 27.3 overs. Wolvaardt and Luus did not take any risks during their partnership, and even though they kept the scoreboard moving, at times their batting was reminiscent of vehicles stalled in a traffic jam.
Both of them fell to the off-spin of Taylor, after facing 83 balls and batting for 103 minutes. Volvaardt was caught by Dottin. She struck three boundaries during her knock. South Africa were 104 for 2 at that stage and fourteen runs later Luus, the Player of the Match, was trapped lbw. she batted for 113 minutes and hit five fours.
Taylor was the most successful bowler for the host with 3 wickets for 37 runs from ten overs, Dottin, bowling medium-pace took two wickets for 36 runs from eight overs. The West Indies ground fielding was of a high standard. Their fielders affected three run-outs during South Africa’s innings but their catching was below par, with five catches slipping through their fingers.
Chasing what should have been a manageable target of 202, the West Indies were bowled out for 161 in 46 overs. They were in trouble from the second ball of their innings when opener Hayley Matthews playing in her first international match on home soil edged the second ball of the first over from fast bowler Marizanne Kapp to wicketkeeper Lee without a run on the scoreboard.
They never recovered from that early blow struck by Kapp. By the 25th over the West Indies had lost half of their wickets for 85 runs with Kycia Knight (23) being the significant contributor to the innings at that juncture of the match.
Taylor 6, Chedean Nation 10, Dottin 14, and Merissa Aguilleira 1, were all back in the pavilion, and they were soon joined by Afy Fletcher who departed for a duck with the score at 85 for 7. Shamaine Campbelle, who batted at number five, stoutly resisted the South African bowlers and compiled 46 runs that included four boundaries from 71 balls. Her wicket was the last to fall.
She shared 39 runs for the eighth wicket with Anisa Mohammed (23) and added an entertaining 19 runs for the last wicket with Shamilia Connell (12) which was loudly cheered on by the modest crowd.
Kapp was the most outstanding bowler for the South Africans. She bowled an impressive spell of 3 for 14 in nine overs. She reached the landmark of 100 wickets in ODI cricket with her dismissal of Matthews.
She was supported by debutant off-spinner Tumi Sekhukhune with 2 for 28 runs from 6 overs, medium pacer Zintle Mali chipped in 2 for 11 from three overs.
The second ODI will be played on Wednesday at 9.30 a.m.
Scores:South Africa 201/9 in 50 overs,Sune Luus 58, Dane van Niekerk 46*; Stafanie Taylor 3-37, Deandra Dottin 2-36. West Indies 161 in 46 overs, Shemaine Campbelle 46, Anisa Mohammed 23, Kycia Knight 23; Marizanne Kapp 3-11, Tumi Sekhukhune 2-28, Zintle Mali 2-11.