Sunday, February 25, 2018

West Indies women whip South Africa in first T20


ALL FALL DOWN: All-rounders, West Indies women player Shanel Daley, on the ground, and South African counterpart Mignon du Preez collide during du Preez's innings of 39 in the first T20 International encounter between the teams at Beausejour Cricket Ground in St Lucia, yesterday. Daley's side went on to win by eight wickets. See Page 78. —Photo courtesy WICB/Randy Brooks

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West Indies women continued their good recent form against South Africa, taking yesterday's first T20 International by eight wickets yesterday at Beausejour Cricket Ground in St Lucia.

Dangerous Player-of-the-Match Deandra Dottin came to the wicket in the tenth over with neither team in the ascendency, and made it West Indies' day with her typical flourish, slamming 48 off 30 balls to ensure the regional side had no hiccups for the rest of their chase, as they reached their target 114 for two.

When Dottin entered, the equation was 68 needed of 62 balls and opener Kycia Knight kept her senior partner company as Dottin struck three fours and three rocket sixes to take the home team home with ten balls to spare.

Opener Stafanie Taylor (13) gave the innings early momentum with two fours before a forcing stroke through the offside made her a victim of a brilliant catch by Chloe Tryon at backward point.

Shemaine Campbelle tried to counter-attack, but struggled to get the ball off the square and was stumped by Sarannets Cordes.

South Africa were also guilty of poor fielding, as they dropped at least two catches, missed a stumping, and gave away too many runs in the field.

After electing to bat, they never really got away from the Windies. In fact the innings started badly, with Sarannats Cordes being run out by Anisa Mohammed before she had faced a ball.

Apart from Shakera Selman's opening over that went for 12, the West Indies bowling was impressive, particularly the spinners, as Stafanie Taylor, Shanel Daley and Shaquana Campbelle took two wickets each.