• ‘We are better than this’

    West Indies women clinched the three-match series against the South African women by winning the second ODI by 57 runs on Saturday.

    South Africa again failed to chase a competitive target, this time falling well short in chasing 233, because they struggled to build significant partnerships throughout their innings. 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 rest of the batting order struggled to retain their wickets with Marizanne Kapp, Dané van Niekerk and Lizelle Lee losing their wickets for three, 16 and zero 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.

    West Indies women recovered well from 25-2 thanks to Stafanie Taylor, who 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 as they reached 232.

    South Africa were bowled out for 175 in 45.3 overs.

    South Africa’s skipper, Mignon du Preez, was disappointed with the way her side performed in all three disciplines, which included the dropped catches of both Taylor and Dottin.

    ‘We’re very disappointed with our performance’ 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.’

    The third ODI will be played on Monday.


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