Cape Town - A dominant batting performance by New Zealand saw them set
up a 126-run victory over the Proteas in the seventh and final One-Day
International (ODI) at Boland Park on Monday.
The visitors return home with a
5-2 series win.
Half-centuries by Katie Martin (81) and Amy Satterthwaite
(53) as well as 46 runs from Maddy Green saw the visitors post a hefty 273/7 at
the end of their innings.
Ayabonga Khaka and Moseline Daniels made the most
impact with the ball, taking a respective 2/37 and 2/45.
South Africa’s batting reply was fraught with tumbling
Openers, Lizelle Lee and Andrie Steyn managed 35 before the latter’s
run out for 8 in the 6th over. Lee (22) lost her wicket off the next
delivery, leaving their side on 35/2.
They lost a further five wickets for just
17 runs, seeing the home side reeling on 84/7 in the 26th over.
There was not much that the tail could do, but a 26-run,
eighth wicket stand between Ayabonga Khaka (15) and Odine Kirsten (22*) saw
them move their side past the 100-run mark.
Kirsten also led a 29-run
partnership for the ninth wicket with Masabatha Klaas (15), but South Africa
were ultimately dismissed for 147 runs, giving the White Ferns a satisfying win
in the end.
The team’s next assignment is a five-match series in
Australia against the World Champions.
The first three matches will form part
of the ICC Women’s Cricket Challenge, Australia have already won and are the
first side to qualify for the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup.