The Proteas claimed a 36-run victory by D/L method against Ireland in their last Super Sixes match on Sunday.
With the Proteas having already secured qualification to the World Cup and with second spot in the Super Six standings guaranteed, it was simply a morale-boosting win before they take on India in the World Cup qualifier final on Tuesday.
The Proteas bowled as a unit to bundle out bottom-of-the-log Ireland for 166 (49.5 overs). Dane van Niekerk (2-45), Sune Luus (2-34) and Lizelle Lee (2-12) picked up two scalps, while the rest of the SA bowlers took one apiece.
Mary Waldron (33 not out) top scored for her side, while Cecelia Joyce (29), Isobel Joyce (30) and Gaby Lewis (21) lost their wickets at crucial times as Ireland struggled to string together partnerships.
SA’s reply was dominant. Despite losing Lizelle Lee (14) to Kim Garth at the end of the third over, Laura Wolvaardt (32 off 61) and Mignon Du Preez (29 off 52) put on 59 for the second wicket to take SA to 82-1 before rain interrupted play after 21 overs.
Continued rain brought the Duckworth-Lewis method into play and with SA’s run rate at 3.90, requiring 2.93 for victory, the Proteas won by 36 runs.
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