Van Niekerk leads South Africa Women past Windies Women in 1st ODI

By Sports Desk September 16, 2018
South Africa's Sune Lewis. South Africa's Sune Lewis.

Shemaine Campbelle fell just short of a half-century as the Windies Women crashed to 40 run defeat to South Africa in the first One Day International (ODI) at Bridgetown on Sunday.

After winning the toss and choosing to field, the Windies saw the South Africans post a competitive 201 for 9 before themselves being dismissed for 161. 

The hosts got off to a fast start after Shamilia Connell dismissed in-form batsman Lizelle Lee for a duck in the first over.  Sune Luus and 19-year-old opener Laura Wolvaardt, however, staged a recovery as the pair added 99 runs for the second wicket. 

Wolvaardt was eventually the victim of Windies captain Stefanie Taylor, who had the batsman caught on 45 by Deandre Dottin.  Taylor ended with figures of 3 for 37.  Luus was then trapped lbw by Taylor after a well-played 58 off 86 balls, leaving the Proteas Women on 118-3.

South Africa captain Van Niekerk and Mignon du Preez struggled to push the run rate, with the latter eventually being run out for five off 18 balls.  Van Niekerk and Chloe Tryon did eventually manage to attack the West Indies bowling as the pair added 32 in a little more than six overs.  Van Niekerk, who ended undefeated, pressed on to eventually score 46 off 77 balls.

In response, the Windies runs chase began disastrously after Hayley Matthews was dismissed by Marizanne Kapp after facing just two balls.  Next up, Taylor could not repeat her heroics with the ball after falling for 6 to leave the Windies at 22 for 2.  The team continued to lose wickets and despite the best efforts of Campbell could not put a steady partnership together.

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