West Indies Women 114/2 (Dottin 48no) beat
South Africa Women 113-7 by 8 wickets
First Twenty20 International, St Lucia
There has been little to separate South Africa and West Indies Women so far on the former’s tour of the Caribbean, and that was a trend that continued for much of today’s opening Twenty20 International until Deandra Dottin launched a late onslaught.
The 21 year-old from Barbados, in her 50th T20 International, hit three sixes during her knock of 48, which spanned 30 balls, and eventually helped her side home with 10 balls and eight wickets to spare.
The West Indies run chase had meandered along throughout, with the required rate remaining steadfast at just above six an over. When Shemaine Campbelle departed in the 10th over with the score on 46, it had threatened to get out of control, but Dottin was a class above the rest of the batters on show, striking at 160 when the next best was Cri-zelda Brits’ 116.
Brits had allowed South Africa to recover from a shaky start to post a competitive 113 for seven. They had suffered a disastrous start when opener Savanna Cordes was run-out without facing a ball on her Twenty20 debut and slipped further when Shaquana Quintyne and Stafanie Taylor claimed a wicket apiece.
However, Brits and skipper Mignon du Preez each passed 30 and added 57 for the fourth-wicket. A clatter of wickets towards the end meant that a total in excess of 120 was not possible as Taylor, Quintyne and Shanel Daley ended with two each.
It looked as though it might be just about enough, until, that is, Dottin started hitting boundaries and South Africa’s hopes evaporated. She ended on 48, with opener Kycia Knight keeping her company on 33.
The second and final match in the series is tomorrow, also in St Lucia, and precedes the men’s domestic T20 final.
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