Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Windies Women undone by spin


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BASSETERRE – West Indies Women suffered another batting meltdown against spin, losing by four wickets to South Africa Women in the second One-Day International at Warner Park here yesterday.
The West Indians struggled against a bowling attack led by Sunette Loubser, a high school teacher from Cape Town, before crumbling for 128 off 48.2 overs as the visitors romped home with four wickets intact and 13 balls to spare.
Sent in to bat, the home side had their most productive stand of 33 runs for the first wicket between Juliana Nero and Stafanie Taylor.
The partnership ended when Nero was bowled by Susan Benade for 16 after smashing two boundaries.
Taylor, who made a duck in the opening game on Monday, tried to make amends, managing 29, with two fours, before she was caught.
Deandra Dottin contributed 16 but she was stumped as the top order collapsed and the West Indies plunged to 87 for four.
Captain Merissa Aguilliera again weathered the South African attack for a while as she attempted to repair the innings following her spirited knock of 40 on Monday.
She succeeded in squeezing out 17 runs before becoming the first victim of Loubser, an off break bowler.
Thirty-one-year-old Loubser, also the 2011 South Africa Women’s Cricketer Of The Year, spun her way through the middle and lower order to finish with leading figures of four for 11.
The Caribbean side appeared to have lost the fight and at one stage four wickets tumbled in quick succession for the addition of only seven runs.
Dané van Niekerk was unbeaten on 33 and Mignon du Preez scored 27 as the South Africans side cruised to 129 for six off 47.5 overs.
South Africa lead 2-0 in the five-match series. (CMC)


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