Sydney - Australia women claimed an unassailable 3-0 lead in the women’s one-day international (ODI) series after beating the Proteas
by a convincing nine wickets in a rain affected, third of the five-match series
The win comes in spite of an outstanding, maiden ODI century by
The Southern Stars finish the ICC Women’s Championship
(which they won in October) with 36 points, seven points clear of runners up,
South Africa are in sixth place and will take part in the ICC Women’s World
Cup Qualifier tournament in Sri Lanka in February 2017.
Meg Lanning (80*) and Nicole Bolton (77*) shared an unbeaten
161-run partnership for the second wicket to bat their side to victory after
South Africa set them a 174-run target.
Lee hit 102 runs from 89 deliveries
(six 4s, seven 6s) after South Africa won the toss and elected to bat first.
Rain delayed the start of play, reducing the match to 32
overs a side.
Lee and Mignon du Preez (36) shared a 110-runs for the third
wicket after the losses of Suné Luus and Dinesha Devnarain for seven and two
Another collapse followed the loss of Du Preez’ wicket in the 26th
over, seeing the visitors slide from 143/3 to 173/8 with no one reaching double
Three run-outs (Chloe Tryon 2, Anne Bosch 6, Moseline
Daniels 6) and three wickets by Grace Harris (3/31) ensured that South Africa
were reduced to the obtainable score after the promising partnership by Du
Preez and Lee.
The only wicket to fall during the Australian reply, came courtesy
of Ayabonga Khaka (1/41) when she bowled Elyse Villani out for 10 at the end of
the opening over.The
last two matches will take place at Coffs Harbour with the fourth on Sunday, 27