Cape Town - A
career-best 90 from Trisha Chetty was not enough as the Proteas
slipped to a seven-wicket Duckwoth-Lewis loss against England in the first
match of their three-game One-Day International (ODI) series at Sahara Park
Willowmoore on Sunday.
their first competitive game for their country in close to 11 months, the South
Africans made 196 all out after winning the toss and batting first.
then chased down a revised victory target of 150, twice adjusted after rain
delays, with 39 balls to spare.
Chetty was the cornerstone of the hosts' innings as she comfortably past her
previous best score of 76* against Bangladesh at Centurion back in 2013. Fellow opener Laura
Wolfvaardt, making her debut at the tender age of 16, put on 26 for the first
wicket before she fell for 5. The teenager was
one of four wickets for Player of the Match Anya Shrubsole, who claimed 4/29.
Mignon du Preez (38) and Chetty then provided the hosts with a splendid
platform thanks to their 93-run, second wicket stand. The skipper eventually fell with the total on
119 - Shrubsole claiming wickets off successive deliveries to jolt South
Africa's progress. Her other wicket was
Marizanne Kapp (0) and the loss of those two key wickets knocked the home
a tiring Chetty, who suffered cramp along the way, kept going, her 122-ball
innings (9 fours), eventually ended when she edged Heather Knight behind to
Sarah Taylor leaving the Proteas women all out with four balls to spare.
(1/26) claimed the wicket of Lauren Winfield (10) with the total on 29, but a
quick-fire 34 off 27 balls (6 fours) by Amy Jones provided the tourists with
impetus. They were 63/2 in 13.1
overs at the first rain delay and kept scoring well after it when the target
was revised to 194 from 48 overs.
captain Charlotte Edwards (33) was bowled by Marcia Letsoalo (1/20) after the
delay, but Taylor's unbeaten 41 and Knight (26) took the visitors home
following a second delay that lasted just under anhour.
second match of the series takes place at SuperSport Park in Centurion on