Thursday, December 14, 2017

WI Women sweep SA

West Indies Women completed a 2-0 series sweep over the South African women following a comprehensive six-wicket win in the second Women's Twenty20 International at Beausejour Cricket Ground, Gros Islet, St Lucia yesterday.

Shanel Daley's early wickets followed by some tight bowling from spinners Anisa Mohammed and Shaquana Quintyne stifled the South African batting as the visitors were restricted to a modest 94 for six off their 20 overs after they were sent in to bat.

West Indies replied with 97 for four in 17.2 overs.

South Africa got off to a poor start with Daley taking a wicket in each of her first two overs to set the visitors back.

The left-arm medium pacer removed Shandre Fritz--lbw for five--with her second ball of the match.

She followed up with wicket of the other opener, Sarannats Cordes for zero off the last ball of her second over and South Africa were in some trouble at two for 13.

The South African skipper Mignon du Preez repaired some of the damage, top-scoring with 26 off 41 balls but wickets kept tumbling at the other end.

Despite a slow start after losing opener Juliana Nero off the second ball of the chase, bowled by right-arm medium pacer Marizanne Kapp (three for three), West Indies were still able to pull off the win.

Kapp started with a wicket maiden continued to put pressure on the West Indies batsmen but the other bowlers were leaking too many runs.

She had two maidens and even got the key wickets of top-scorers Natasha McLean (23) and Shermaine Campbelle (33), but by that time it was already too late.

Campbelle and McClean had put on 56 runs for the third wicket and had taken their team to the brink of victory.

Deandra Dottin then smacked Marcia Letsoalo for consecutive fours in the 18th over to seal the win.