• SA women whitewash Ireland

    The Proteas women won the final T20I against Ireland in Solihull on Wednesday to secure a three-nil series victory.

    Mignon du Preez won the toss for the first time in the series and inserted Ireland. It looked to be an inspired decision as the hosts were rocked early, losing three wickets within the first four overs.

    A recovery from the middle order took the Irish ladies to a reasonable position. They were 87-4 in the 15th over and ready to take advantage of the death overs. However, a collapse transpired, in the face of some disciplined bowling, and the innings petered out to finish on 109-8.

    In reply, the South African captain top-scored with 37 and was well supported by Andrie Steyn, who contributed 35. Together they put on 53-runs and took the visitors to the brink of victory. Once they were dismissed, Marizanne Kapp hammered an undefeated 19 off just 13 deliveries to take the team home.

    Earlier, Shabnin Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka and Chloe Tryon took two wickets each to restrict Ireland to a below par total. The series clean-sweep will do a lot for the players confidence after they suffered a three-nil series reverse against England during the same tour of the UK.

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