Marizanne Kapp, Lizelle Lee and Laura Wolvaardt were all in top form as the Proteas Women hit their straps to defeat the world champ West Indies Women by eight wickets in the fourth T20I of the series in the West Indies.
Half-centuries by openers Laura Wolvaardt (54 not out) and Lizelle Lee (54) returned the Proteas to winning ways when they beat the West Indies Women by a convincing eight wickets in the fourth women’s T20I at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad on Thursday.
The home side leads the five-match series 2-1 following the abandonment of the third T20I.
Wolvaardt and Lee shared an 89-run stand as South Africa chased 136 for victory after restricting the hosts to 135-3 thanks to a highly motivated Proteas bowling unit. The Proteas delivered a fitting performance which fell neatly into the team’s series-saving crusade.
Wolvaardt’s knock was her maiden T20I half-century and came off 57 deliveries (six fours), while Lee gave a confidence-boosting performance as she smashed five fours and three sixes to reach her score in just 38 balls. Sune 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 (five fours, two sixes), while Deandra Dottin (28) and captain Stefanie Taylor (26) rounded off the most notable contributions of the innings.
Tumi Sekhukhune was the pick of the attack, returning figures of 2-27 at the end of her spell, star of the day was Marizanne Kapp, whose four overs offered the West Indies just 13 runs.
With one match of the series remaining, South Africa will look to add another positive result to their tally in the hope of drawing the series. The clash will take place this Saturday, 06 October at the same venue and will be streamed live at www.windiescricket.com.
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