Cape Town - The West Indies women beat the Momentum Proteas by an emphatic 57 runs to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match women’s One-Day International (ODI) series at Buffalo Park Stadium on Saturday.
The Proteas batters again failed to put together a partnership big enough to successfully chase down the Windies’ 232. Only Trisha Chetty (51 off 78) managed a half century, with the next highest runs coming from Mignon du Preez (24) and Andrie Steyn (20).
The middle and bottom orders struggled to retain their wickets with Marizanne Kapp, Dané van Niekerk and Lizelle Lee losing their wickets for three, 16 and 0 respectively. Suné Luus (19) was defeated by a good delivery by Afy Fletcher and Dinesha Devnarain was clean bowled by Anisa Mohammed for seven to round up the modest batting effort.
In comparison, the visitors managed to dig themselves out of trouble well after they lost the wickets of Hayley Matthews (6) and Shaquana Quintyne (6) within the first eight overs of their innings, after winning the toss and electing to bat first. Stafanie Taylor played a captain’s innings of 79 from 83 balls to steer her side to a strong finish, receiving good support from Deandra Dottin (61) who added a half century of her own to cement their strong finish.
South Africa’s skipper, Mignon du Preez is disappointed with the way her side has performed within all three disciplines, which included the dropped catches of both Taylor and Dottin.
“We’re very disappointed with our performance today,” she said. “I think we know that we are a better team by far than the performances we have put together in the last few days. We really let ourselves down in the field, there were a few dismissals that we missed and unfortunately in these types of games you can’t drop players like Stafanie Taylor and (Deandra) Dottin and expect to get away with it.
“We’ve spoken about bowling in the right areas but our line and length is still not what it should be, but I think we did really well to pull their innings back in the end. The score on this wicket is definitely something that we can chase, we just didn’t build a partnership and that’s the biggest problem. One of the top four batters has to bat through the innings and we haven’t done that yet.
“I know there’s another game to go, unfortunately the series is gone, but there is still a lot to play for. We still have some points we can get for the ICC Women’s Championship and that has to take priority in the next game,” she concluded.
The third ODI will take place at the same venue on Monday, 29 February at 10am.