Career best for SA woman

2008-02-25 00:00

STELLENBOSCH — A career best five for seven for Alicia Smith led South Africa to an eight-wicket victory over Pakistan in the final of the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament at Stellenbosch yesterday.

Seamer Smith wreaked havoc among the Pakistan top order as she captured three wickets in her first five overs, which left Pakistan tottering on 8/3. It was also her first ODI “five-for”, and the first by a SA bowler in women’s one-day internationals.

Once Smith was withdrawn from the attack, the change bowlers Susanna Benade (2/11) and Sunette Loubser (2/14) destroyed whatever resistance the sub-continent opposition still had to offer.

Loubser also had a hand in the run out of Sadia Yousuf (0), the last wicket to fall in the Pakistani innings, which closed at a moderate 61 runs after they were sent in to bat by South Africa.

There were a few hiccups at the start of the SA reply when Pakistan pace bowler Asmavia Iqbal (2/20) grabbed two early wickets — those of opener Olivia Anderson (3) and skipper Cri-zelda Brits (0).

But the setback proved temporary, as opening bat Claire Terblance (22 not out) and Benade (26 not out) set about repairing the damage, before steering SA to a comfortable eight-wicket win, with a scoring rate of 4.53 runs per over.

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