BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Tidy bowling led by skipper Stafanie Taylor and Afy Fletcher sealed a 17-run victory for WINDIES Women over South Africa Women in a tense finish to the first Twenty20 International today here.
Taylor grabbed 3-16 from her allotted four overs with her off-spin and leg-spinner Fletcher collected 2-17 from four overs, as the South Africans, chasing 125 for victory, fell narrowly short in their pursuit at Kensington Oval.
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Fast bowler Shamilia Connell struck in the first over to remove opener Lizelle Lee and Taylor had Laura Wolvaardt stumped to leave the visitors 14 for two in the fourth over.
The Caribbean side continued to tighten the screws and the South Africans failed to get into high gear until Marizanne Kapp hit 30 from 22 balls, but steady bowling in the closing stages from Fletcher, Taylor and Connell ushered the hosts over the finish line.
The result gave WINDIES WOMEN a 1-0 lead in the five-match series which concludes with four matches on September 28 and 30, October 4 and 6 at the Brian Lara Cricket Ground in Trinidad.
Earlier, Natasha McLean hit the top score of 38 from 41 balls to earn the Player-of-the-Match award and Deandra Dottin supported with 22 from 19 balls to carry WINDIES Women to 124 for six from their allocation of 20 overs, after they chose to bat.
The series is a dress rehearsal for both teams ahead of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Tournament to be staged from November 9 to 24 in the Caribbean.
WINDIES WOMEN: Stafanie Taylor (captain), Merissa Aguilleira, Shemaine Campbelle, Shamilia Connell, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Sheneta Grimmond, Qiana Joseph, Kycia Knight, Hayley Matthews, Natasha McLean, Anisa Mohammed, Chedean Nation, Karishma Ramharack, Shakera Selman
SOUTH AFRICA WOMEN: Dané van Niekerk (captain), Chloe Tryon (vice-captain), Mignon du Preez, Marizanne Kapp, Masabata Klaas, Lizelle Lee, Suné Luus, Zintle Mali, Raisibe Ntozakhe, Robyn Searle, Tumi Sekhukhune, Saarah Smith, Faye Tunnicliffe, Laura Wolvaardt
Sun 16 1st IWC One-day International – South Africa Women won by 40 runs – Kensington Oval, Barbados
Wed 19 2nd IWC ODI – No result – Kensington Oval
Sat 22 3rd IWC ODI – WINDIES Women won by 115 runs – Kensington Oval
Mon 24 1st Twenty20 International – WINDIES Women won by 17 runs – Kensington Oval
Fri 28 2nd T20I – Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad
Sun 30 3rd T20I – Brian Lara Cricket Academy
Thu 4 4th T20I – Brian Lara Cricket Academy
Sat 6 5th T20I – Brian Lara Cricket Academy
- Visit the CWI website, www.windiescricket.com, for series information, “live” webcasting and scoring of the matches
- Tickets for the matches in the Sandals Series in Barbados are really affordable at just BB $10 and can also be purchased online at www.windiescricket.com or at the Kensington Oval ticket booth
- ICC Women’s World Twenty20 tickets are also now on sale from just US $3 a ticket, as the WINDIES Women defend their ICC Women’s World T20 title, and can be purchased online at https://tickets.worldtwenty20.com/