WomenT20 : Women Protea clinch the T20 serie against West Indies

WomenT20 : Women Protea clinch the T20 serie against West Indies
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 09: South Africa celebrates during the 3rd Womens T20 International match between South Africa Women and West Indies Women at PPC Newlands on March 09, 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Carl Fourie/Gallo Images)

CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA (CSA) congratulated the Momentum National Women’s Team on their T20 International Series win over West Indies after they won the decider in the three-match series by four runs at PPC Newlands this afternoon.

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 09: South Africa celebrates during the 3rd Womens T20 International match between South Africa Women and West Indies Women at PPC Newlands on March 09, 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Carl Fourie/Gallo Images)

The Momentum Proteas women have won the toss and elected to bat first in the women’s T20 series decider against the West Indies at PPC Newlands on Wednesday.

The Proteas have made three changes to their starting eleven. Trisha Chetty, Yolani Fourie and Masabata Klaas come in for Lara Goodall, Marcia Matshipi Letsoalo and Odine Kirsten.

The South Africans were restricted in their innings to 119/3 in their 20 overs but then fought a superb rearguard action to limit their visitors to 115/8.

The Momentum Proteas held their nerve to secure a four-run victory over the West Indies women at PPC Newlands on Wednesday. This is the first time that the team have beaten the Windies in a T20 series and are happy to take that momentum into the ICC Women’s World T20, which they depart for India tomorrow.

Another shaky batting performance saw the home side restricted to a modest 119/3 at the end of their innings, after winning the toss and electing to bat first. Lizelle Lee (33*), captain Mignon du Preez (32), Marizanne Kapp (24*) and Dané van Niekerk (23) were the main contributors.

The Windies’ response was stifled by moments of brilliant fielding by the Proteas. The only notable partnerships were the second-wicket stand between Haley Matthews (24) and Stafanie Taylor (21) who put together 32 runs, followed by Deandra Dottin (24) and Kyshona Knight’s (9) 24-run, fourth-wicket stand, but the two were dismissed by Yolani Fourie (2/20) and Masabata Klaas (1/22).

The bowlers and fielders put on a superb show in the latter part of the West Indian innings. Shermaine Campbelle and Shaquana Quintyne were both run out for one and five respectively, which put a lot of the pressure on the visitors, who needed just 19 from the last three overs at the time of Quintine’s dismissal. Shabnim Ismail once again did the business with the ball. She held her nerve, conceding seven runs from the over when the Windies needed 12 to win.

Du Preez is delighted with the win and believes that it will go a long way in giving confidence to her side going into the World T20.

“Going into the T20 World Cup, we really wanted to end this series on a high,” she said. “Having this group of girls to lead into the tournament is something very special. We are definitely taking a lot of confidence from these two wins into the competition and hopefully we can produce more special performances like this when we get to India.”

Looking back at the innings, she believed that they were perhaps 20 runs short, but was impressed with the fielding effort of the team and the manner in which the bowlers were able to defend their score.

“I think the difference between the match we lost and today’s match was our fielding. The fielders took some really brilliant catches that turned the match around for us at crucial times. The bowlers were also phenomenal, the spin bowlers did a brilliant job in the middle of the innings to increase the required run rate and then the seamers were able to come in at the end and just bowl beautifully,” she concluded.

The team depart for the World T20 tomorrow from Cape Town International Airport.

“This series win is very special and captain Mignon du Preez and all the players as well as coach Hilton Moreeng and his management team deserves many congratulations,” commented CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat. “This success is the perfect confidence boost the Momentum women’s team can enjoy the day before they depart to India for the ICC World Twenty20.

“They have shown superb growth over the past two years and their performances in this and the preceding series against England are just reward for their hard work.

“Their fielding today was inspirational with several outstanding catches being taken, most notably the left-handed one by Moseline Daniels which was every bit as good as the right-handed catch Kagiso Rabada took at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium three days ago.

“Once again I must give credit to Momentum for their support which allowed our women’s team to become a truly professional one.”

Momentum Proteas Team: Mignon du Preez (capt), Trisha Chetty (wk), Lizelle Lee, Dané van Niekerk, Marizanne Kapp, Dinesha Devnarain, Suné Luus, Yolani Fourie, Shabnim Ismail, Masabata Klaas, Moseline Daniels.

West Indies Team: Kycia Knight, Hyaley Matthews, Stafanie Taylor (capt), Deandra Dottin, Kyshona Knight, Stacy-Ann King, Shemaine Campbelle, Shaquana Quintyne, Anisa Mohammed, Tremayne Smartt, Shamilia Connell.