Laura Wolvaardt became the second-youngest ODI centurion, as the Proteas took an unassailable 3-0 lead against Ireland.
At 17 years and 105 days, Wolvaardt achieved a worthy Women’s Day feat, as she scored 105 in her side’s 67-run win. Only the legendary Indian player Mithali Raj, at 16 years and 205 days, scored a century at a younger age back in 1999.
She put on a 192-run stand with Trisha Chetty (95), before cameos from Mignon du Preez (22 off 13) and debutant Lara Goodall (19 off 20) got them to a solid 260-6.
Ireland were always on track in pursuit of the total in terms of their required run rate, but the wickets column were their problem as Sune Luus bagged yet another five-wicket haul to go with her 6-36 from the first match. She now was 13 wickets from three games.
The Irish were bowled out for 193, which handed the South Africans a 3-0 lead in the series, putting to bed any concerns about their drawn T20 series against the same opposition. The fourth and final ODI takes place on Thursday.
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