Windies Women see off South Africa
CUTTACK, India – West Indies Women survived a batting slump before steadying themselves to beat South Africa Women by two wickets in their opening Super Six game of the ICC Women’s World Cup here Friday.
Enjoying a comfortable run chase at 173 for three in pursuit of 231 for victory, the Caribbean side suddenly lost a raft of wickets to stumble to their target in the 46th over at the Barabati Stadium.
Stafanie Taylor, batting at three, top-scored with 75 from 78 balls, opener Kycia Knight made 46 and Shemaine Campbelle got 33.
Teenaged leg-spinner Dane van Niekerk continued her success against the Windies with three for 47 while seamer Marizanne Kapp supported with two for 42.
Earlier, Trisha Chetty hit 45 and Cri-zelda Brits added 44, as the South Africans were restricted to 230 for seven off 50 overs after deciding to bat.
van Niekerk finished on a brisk 33 not out off just 30 balls while captain Mignon du Preez chipped in with 31.
Treymane Smartt led the attack with 2-43 and Taylor’s 10 overs of off-spin proved effective, yielding just 32, even though she went wicket-less.
Yolandi Potgieter fell in the 10th over for seven, as South Africa got off to a slow start at 22 for one, but Chetty and du Preez repaired the damage in a 62-run, second-wicket partnership.
When both perished within four overs of each other, Brits and Kapp added 40 for the fourth wicket to steady the innings.
The right-handed Brits was aggressive in striking four boundaries and two sixes off just 41 balls, but was part of a slide that saw three wickets tumble for 28 runs.
It was left to van Niekerk to keep the South Africans going at the end with an innings that included two fours and a six.
West Indies then suffered an early setback when they lost Natasha McLean for five to the eighth ball of the innings at 15 for one, but Taylor and Kycia Knight posted an impressive 126 for the second wicket to put their side back on top.
The right-handed Taylor struck nine fours and a six, while Kycia faced 68 balls and counted six boundaries.
van Niekerk accounted for both in the space of 11 balls however – Kycia caught and bowled, and Taylor holing out in the deep – to leave the Windies on 146 for three in the 26th over.
Deandra Dottin played the only way she knows how, slamming four fours in a cavalier 24 from 21 balls and putting on 27 for the fourth wicket with Kyshona Knight.
She paid the price for her adventure, when she was brilliantly taken on the ropes at long-on by Marcia Letsoalo at 173 for four, leading to another slump as Kyshona followed next over with no runs added.
Campbelle, who struck six overs in her 42-ball stay at the crease, ignored the clatter of wickets around her to carry West Indies to the brink of victory before also succumbing.
West Indies will now turn their attention to Australia in their second game on Wednesday in Mumbai.
SOUTH AFRICA (50 overs maximum)
Y. Potgieter c Taylor b Daley 7
+T. Chetty b Dottin 45
*M. du Preez c Dottin b Quintyne 31
M. Kapp c Kycia Knight b Taylor 12
C. Brits run out 44
S. Benade c wkpr Aguilleira b Smartt 3
D. van Niekerk not out 33
S. Fritz c Taylor b Smartt 19
S. Ismail not out 9
Extras (lb8, w16, nb3) 27
TOTAL (7 wkts, 50 overs) 230
S. Loubser, M. Letsoalo did not bat
Fall of wickets: 1-22 (Potgieter, 9.5 overs); 2-84 (du Preez, 25.5); 3-100 (Chetty, 28.6); 4-140 (Kapp, 37.3); 5-162 (Benade, 41.1); 6-168 (Brits, 42.3); 7-199 (Fritz, 45.4)
Bowling: Smartt 10-0-43-2 (nb2, w2); Daley 10-1-39-1 (w1); Munroe 6-0-25-0; Taylor 10-2-32-1 (w1); Campbelle 1-0-7-0 (w1); Quintyne 6-0-33-1 (w1); Dottin 5-0-24-1 (w2); Kyshona Knight 2-0-19-0 (nb1, w1)
WEST INDIES (target: 231 off 50 overs)
Kycia Knight c and b van Niekerk 46
N. McLean c wkpr Chetty b Benade 5
S. Taylor c Ismail b van Niekerk 75
Kyshona Knight c wkpr Chetty b Kapp 4
D. Dottin c Letsoalo b Loubser 24
S. Campbelle c Fritz b Kapp 33
*+M. Aguilleira c Letsoalo b van Niekerk 9
S. Quintyne c Letsoalo b Ismail 9
T. Smartt not out 0
S. Daley not out 4
Extras (lb7, w18) 25
TOTAL (8 wkts, 45.3 overs) 234
S. Munroe did not bat
Fall of wickets: 1-15 (McLean, 1.2 overs); 2-141 (Kycia Knight, 23.6); 3-146 (Taylor, 25.5); 4-173 (Dottin, 32.5); 5-173 (Kyshona Knight, 33.2); 6-196 (Aguilleira, 40.3); 7-225 (Quintyne, 44.2); 8-230 (Campbelle, 45.2)
Bowling: Kapp 8.3-2-42-2 (w5); Benade 7-1-53-1 (w5); Ismail 9-2-35-1; Letsoalo 2-0-14-0 (w1); van Niekerk 9-0-47-3 (w1); Loubser 10-036-1 (w1)
Result: West Indies Women won by two wickets
Points: West Indies Women 2, South Africa Women 0
Toss: South Africa Women
Player-of-the-Match: S. Taylor (West Indies Women)
Umpires: Ahsan Raza, C. Shamsuddin (India)
Match referee: D. Jukes (England)
Reserve umpire: I. Ramage (Scotland)