West Indies 123-7 (Taylor 50, Ismail 2-20) beat
South Africa 120 (du Preez 38, Mohammed 2-16) by three runs
ICC Women's World Twenty20 Group A, Taunton
A half-century from Stafanie Taylor set the West Indies on their way towards a three-run win over South Africa as the ICC Women's World Twenty20 got underway at Taunton.
Taylor's 50 in 52 balls propped up the West Indies' 123 for seven before South Africa were bowled out for 120 in reply.
Opening the innings, Taylor scored seven fours during her innings and was supported by Pamela Lavine, who made 24 and Juliana Nero (15).
Pace bowler Shabnin Ismail and leg-spinner Dane van Niekerk both picked up two wickets.
South Africa were quickly in trouble during their run chase, reduced to 34 for three in the seventh over before Mignon du Preez made 38 to keep her side in the game.
Wickets continued to tumble, but South Africa rallied again with Sunette Loubser contributing a useful 19 before the West Indies took the match, Debbie-Ann Lewis and Anisa Mohammed grabbing a couple of wickets apiece.
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