South Africa waltzed into the final of the Qatar International Women’s Cricket Championship by thrashing Ireland in the first of the day’s games in Doha. They then secured top spot in the table by beating Pakistan, who they will meet in Friday’s final, in the evening match.
South Africa 102-1 (Lee 53) beat
Ireland 101-7 (I Joyce 47) by 9 wickets
Women’s 20-Over Tri-Series, Match 5, Doha
Ireland would have been relatively content with their total of 101 for seven from their 20 overs after being asked to bat. Clare Shillington made 25 off 23 balls at the top of the order, while skipper Isobel Joyce anchored the innings with 47 off 48 balls.
However, South Africa romped to victory in little more than 14 overs. The opening pair of Lizelle Lee and Trisha Chetty knocked off 83 of the runs before being parted, with captain Mignon du Preez then joining Chetty to complete the win.
Lee hit five fours and a six en route to her second successive half-century and was finally dismissed by Amy Kenealy for 53 off 50 balls, having dominated her opening stand with Chetty. Chetty finished up on 27 off 28 balls, with du Preez on eight off as many deliveries.
Ireland had earlier recovered from the early loss of Emma Flanagan (4) in Shabnim Ismail’s opening over to post their useful total. Shillington and Joyce added 53 in seven overs for the second-wicket before Shillington was run-out having hit two fours and a six.
Unfortunately the remainder of the Irish batting contingent were unable to support their captain, with only Kate McKenna subsequently reaching double figures as she finished not out on 11. The South African attack were all disciplined, with Moseline Daniels returning the stand-out figures of one for seven from her four overs. The other wicket-takers were Ismail, Sunette Loubser, Marcia Letsoalo and Marizanne Kapp.
South Africa 97-3 (du Preez 38, Lee 30) beat
Pakistan 96 (Daniels 3-17) by 7 wickets
Women’s 20-Over Tri-Series, Match 6, Doha
A comfortable win over Pakistan followed for the Proteas as they eased past Friday’s final opponents by seven wickets with five balls to spare.
Pakistan actually managed less than Ireland had earlier in the day by being bowled out for 96, but their bowlers made South Africa work slightly harder for the win.
Trisha Chetty was trapped in front by Sadia Yousuf with her first delivery in the second over of the run chase. However, Lizelle Lee and Mignon du Preez again impressed and put on 60 in fewer than 11 overs for the second-wicket. Lee, on this occasion, was more subdued than in game one and was content to allow du Preez to do the bulk of the scoring. The skipper was finally stumped off Sana Mir for 38 off 34 balls, with Marizanne Kapp (21 not out off 19 balls) then joining Lee to take them close to the winning line.
Lee gave a wicket to Sania Khan shortly before the end when her innings came to an end at 30 off 59 balls, with Shandre Fritz then partnering Kapp to complete victory.
Pakistan had earlier endured a torrid start after being invited to bat as openers Nain Abidi and Marina Iqbal were sent packing in the first two overs; the latter bowled by Moseline Daniels for a duck and the former run-out for three.
Nida Dar and Nahida Khan then partially resurrected the innings by combing to add 25 for the third-wicket. Dar was caught off Marcia Letsoalo (4-0-19-1) for 17 off 14 balls, with Qanita Jalil (7) and Sana Mir (3) then removed in relatively quick succession by Suné Luus (4-0-10-2).
Sidra Ameen (16 off 22 balls) and Nahida did take the score to 88, but the latter’s innings was ended at 33 off 41 balls by the impressive Daniels (4-0-17-3) and the rest soon followed. Sania Khan (0), Asmavia Iqbal (4) and Sadia Yousuf (0) all fell in the final seven deliveries of the innings as Pakistan were dismissed from the final ball of the 20th over.
© Cricket World 2014