West Indies Women 214 (Matthews 56) beat
South Africa Women 198 (Kapp 69no) by 16 runs
First One-Day International at Buffalo Park
Deandra Dottin registered her maiden five-wicket haul as West Indies Women overcame stern resistance from Marizanne Kapp to defeat South Africa Women by 16 runs in the first One-Day International at the Buffalo Park and secure a 1-0 lead in the series.
West Indies won the toss and elected to bat first. After losing Shaquana Quintyne (18) and Stafanie Taylor (13) early, Hayley Matthews (56) added a 56-run stand with Dottin (28) to rebuild the innings. Matthews reached her fifty off 56 deliveries.
A double strike from Suné Luus (2-50) removed both the set players and West Indies were reeling at 131 for five by the 31st over.
It was with the help of Britney Cooper's (55 not out) unbeaten knock along with support from Shemaine Campbelle (26), West Indies posted 214 for seven in the 50 overs.
Shabnim Ismail (2-40), Dane van Niekerk (2-25) and Luus were among the wickets for South Africa.
South Africa were pegged back early in the chase with Anisa Mohammed (2-36) dismissing Laura Wolvaardt (10) and Mignon du Preez (7).
Kapp (69 not out) kept the innings going with a brief 33-run stand with Trisha Chetty (47) but the innings got derailed when South Africa lost four wickets in a span of 10 runs and were reduced to 94 for six. Dottin (5-34) picked three wickets out of the four.
Meanwhile, Kapp reached her fifty off 65 deliveries and waged a lone fight along with Ismail (34) but Dottin and Shaquana Quintyne (2-15) ran through the remaining wickets.
South Africa were bowled out for 198 with Kapp left stranded with an unbeaten 69. The 16-run victory allowed West Indies to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Dottin was chosen as the player of the match for her five-wicket haul. The victory has also given West Indies two points in the ICC Women's Championship and now they have reduced their gap to the top-placed Australian team to two points.
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