Cape Town - Half-centuries by openers Laura Wolvaardt (54*) and Lizelle
Lee (54) returned the Proteas to winning ways when they beat West Indies by a
convincing eight wickets in the fourth women’s T20 international at the Brian
Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad on Thursday.
The home side still lead the
five-match series 2-1 following the previous fixture’s abandonment.
The pair shared an 89-run stand as South Africa chased 136
for victory after the hosts were restricted to 135/3 by a highly motivated
Proteas bowling unit. They gave a fitting performance which fell neatly into
the team’s series-saving crusade.
Wolvaardt’s knock was her maiden T20 international
half-century and came off 57 deliveries (6x4s), while Lee gave a
confidence-boosting performance as she smashed five fours and three sixes to
reach her score in just 38 balls. Suné Luus (19 off 16) joined Wolvaardt after
Lee succumbed to one too many attempts at beating the boundary rope saw her
caught by Shemaine Campbelle off Afy Fletcher from the last delivery of the 12th over.
Earlier, Natasha McLean (57) continued her good batting
form, notching up her own maiden T20 international half-century (5x4s, 2x6s).
Deandra Dottin and captain Stefanie Taylor added respective scores of 28 and 26
runs to round off the innings’ most notable contributions.
Tumi Sekhukhune was the pick of the attack, returning
figures of 2/27 at the end of her spell but mention must be made of Marizanne
Kapp’s economical 0/13 in her four overs.
With one match remaining of the series, South Africa will
look to add another positive result to their tally and draw the series. The
clash will take place this Saturday, 06 October at the same venue and will be
streamed live at www.windiescricket.com.