T&T skipper: Merissa Aguilleira

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T&T women win again in SA

Trinidad and Tobago continued their strong showing on the tour of South Africa on Sunday, whipping host club Northerns Women in two T20s by 49 and 43 runs respectively at Sinoville.

In the first match, T&T racked up 161 for seven on the back of Stacy-Ann King’s blazing 92, then dismissed the home side for 112 with seven balls to spare. And in the late encounter, T&T’s bats were less assertive, but still managed to cruise home by 43 runs.

In the morning match, King did most of the T&T batting although Moosai Ladies captain Lee-Ann Kirby and T&T and West Indies skipper Merissa Aguilleira chipped in with 18 and 16 respectively.

Northerns’ best bowler was Marcial Letsoalo with two wickets.

When Northerns replied, only their skipper, South Africa’s top young middle order wicket-keeper/bat Mignon du Preez showed resistance with an unbeaten 76, as off-spinner Gaitri Seetahal ripped through their batting to take four for nine in her four overs.

In the second encounter, T&T again batted first, this time posting 135 for six. Britney Cooper topscored with 62 not out, while Seetahal added 21.

The South Africans in reply were never really in it, crawling to 92 for seven in their 20 overs. Sune Luus was their best with the bat, scoring 30, with Michelle Burt (21 not out) and du Preez (19) also getting into double figures.

Samantha Bissoon (two) and Selene O’Neil (one) were the T&T wicket-takers.

T&T also beat Northerns on Friday in a 50-over affair, despite du Preez’s unbeaten ton, which was more than half the South Africans’ score of 203 for six.

Du Preez’s 115 not out gave her side a competitive total, with Jene Viljoen (37) and Burt (20) lending her support. Bissoon’s three wickets helped the visitors put the slide on Northerns’ innings.

In their turn at the crease, T&T’s chase turned out to be comfortable, as they reached a winning total of 207 with four wickets and 34 balls to spare. Burt also took three wickets.

T&T, who have lost just a single 50-over match so far out of seven matches, including four T20s and three 50-over contests.

Tomorrow, T&T will face probably their stiffest test in their final match of the tour, when they take on a combined Highveld Province regional team in two T20s at Sinoville. T&T leave South Africa on Friday to return home.

Summarised scores

Sunday’s T20 results:
T&T 161/7 in 20 overs (Stacy-Ann King 92, Lee-Ann Kirby 18, Merissa Aguilleira 16; Marcia Letsoalo 2/26, Nicole Barnard 1/21, Michelle Burt 1/39) vs Northerns 112 all out in 18.5 overs (Mignon du Preez 76, Charlotte Serwadi 9; Gaitri Seetahal 4/9, Stacy-Ann King 1/18, Shenelle Lord 1/18, Britney Cooper 1/24, Alisa Mohammed 1/24)
T&T won by 49 runs

T&T 135/6 in 20 overs (Britney Cooper 62 n.o., Gaitri Seetahal 21, Amanda Samaroo 13; Maggie Mphahlele 1/16, Lebogang Nkadimeng 1/20, Michelle Burt 1/24, Michaela Kirk 1/29) vs South Africa 92/5 in 20 overs (Sune Luus 30, Michelle Burt 21 n.o., Mignon du Preez 19; Samantha Bissoon 2/12, Selene O’Neil 1/14)
T&T won by 43 runs

Friday’s 50 over results:
Northerns 203/6 in 50 overs (Mignon du Preez 115 n.o., Jene Viljoen 37, Michelle Burt 20; Samantha Bissoon 3/24, Britney Cooper 1/29, Alisa Mohammed 1/44, Kamara Ragoobar 1/20) vs T&T 207/6 in 44.2 overs (Michelle Burt 3/47, Jene Viljoen 1/22, Maggie Mphahlele 1/32, Mpho Simango 1/21)
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