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
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.