Proteas Women continue winning streak in Caribbean

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Mignon du Preez. (Photo by Darren Stewart/Gallo Images)
Mignon du Preez. (Photo by Darren Stewart/Gallo Images)

A half-century by Mignon du Preez was enough as a much-changed Proteas Women beat West Indies Women by 35-runs in the fourth Women's One-Day International (WODI) at Sir Viv Richards Stadium in Antigua on Thursday.

There was an impressive three-wicket haul from captain Dane Van Niekerk (3/23) - her efforts were well supported by Masabata Klaas (2/25) - as Hilton Moreeng's charges clinched a result that extended the five-math series lead to 4-0.

In a relatively low scoring affair, West Indies Women won the toss and opted to bowl first, and the decision proved worthy as most of their bowlers got the early wickets as the visitors managed 185 for six, which was led by Du Preez 16th half-century after she made 65 (91 balls, 5 fours). The other notable batters for the Proteas Women came in the form of Tazmin Bits and Sinalo Jafta, who contributed 30 (56) and 28* (46) respectively.

The hosts did not offer much resistance in their chase as they lost wickets at key stages. Following the wickets of the home side's top order, the fourth-wicket stand of Rashada Williams and Kycia Knight did their best to keep the Windies in the hunt with a 41-run stand, but once they fell the visitors closed out victory as they restricted the hosts to 150/9, and subsequently won the fourth WODI with one game to go.

The last match of the Proteas tour to the Caribbean will be played on Friday at the same venue.

Proteas Women:
Tazmin Brits, Laura Wolvaardt, Chloe Tryon, Dane Van Niekerk, Mignon du Preez, Lara Goodall, Nadine de Klerk, Sinalo Jafta, Masabata Klaas, Shabnim Ismail, Nonkululeko Mlaba

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