South Africa Women 156 for 5 (Chetty 35, Lee 30, Garth 2-26) beat Ireland Women 89 for 9 (Shillington 34, Luus 5-8) by 67 runs
Trisha Chetty set up South Africa’s with a run-a-ball 35 © Getty Images/ICC
Legspinner Suné Luus‘s career-best figures of 5 for 8 sent Ireland Women crashing out of the Women’s World T20 in Chennai. Luus struck thrice in her first three overs to reduce Ireland to 74 for 6 by the 16th over, in a chase of 157.
Then she accounted for Kim Garth and No.10 Lucy O’Reilly in her final over as the writing on the wall became indelible for Ireland. They barely managed to bat out 20 overs, and ultimately tumbled to their third defeat in as many matches. Luus was complemented by Moseline Daniels and Marizanne Kapp who picked up a wicket each.
Apart from captain Isobel Joyce, who is in her 17th year in international cricket, only opener Clare Shillington managed to move to double digits.
South Africa’s first win of the tournament was set up by a fiery start and a late blast. Openers Dane van Niekerk and Trisha Chetty struck six fours and a six in a 41-run opening partnership. The stand ended when van Niekerk was pinned lbw by 19-year old allrounder Garth, for 20. Mignon du Preez made a scratchy 13 before she was bowled by Lewis, and a wobble ensued. From 70 for 1, South Africa stumbled to 84 for 4. However, cameos from Lizelle Lee, Dinesha Devnarain, and Chloe Tryon offset that wobble and lifted their side to 156.
Lee made 30 not out off 24 balls, while Tryon cracked 20 not out off 7 balls, as South Africa took 58 off the last five overs. Their total would prove to be 67 too many for Ireland.
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