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Knight fifty trumped by Wolvaardt hundred as SA level series

Seam­er Shab­n­im Is­mail tore through the mid­dle and low­er or­der to fin­ish with four for 37 while new-ball part­ner Ayabon­ga Kha­ka (2-27) sup­port­ed with her pace

JO­HAN­NES­BURG – Left-han­der Ky­cia Knight struck her first One-Day In­ter­na­tion­al half-cen­tu­ry in five-and-a-half years but Lau­ra Wolvaardt’s third hun­dred in the for­mat helped sink West In­dies Women by 96 runs and set up a tan­ta­lis­ing se­ries fi­nale on Sun­day.

Asked to chase an im­pos­ing 300 in the third ODI un­der lights at the Wan­der­ers af­ter Wolvaardt had lashed a pol­ished 117 in South Africa on Thurs­day, the luck­less Caribbean side fold­ed for 203 in the 45th over, de­spite Knight’s 69 off 94 de­liv­er­ies.

West In­dies Women were set back con­sid­er­ably by the loss of cap­tain Stafanie Tay­lor who suf­fered a con­cus­sion af­ter be­ing struck on the hel­met and be­ing forced to re­tire hurt on 13, while Chedean Na­tion picked up an in­jury while field­ing and nev­er re­turned.

Seam­er Shab­n­im Is­mail tore through the mid­dle and low­er or­der to fin­ish with four for 37 while new-ball part­ner Ayabon­ga Kha­ka (2-27) sup­port­ed with her pace.

The vic­to­ry for South Africa Women – their biggest ever against West In­dies in terms of runs – lev­elled the four-match se­ries at 1-1 af­ter the first match was rained off and West In­dies Women won the sec­ond cour­tesy of a dra­mat­ic su­per-over.

“It was [a tough chal­lenge” es­pe­cial­ly los­ing Tay­lor and al­so Na­tion,” said vice-cap­tain Anisa Mo­hammed.

“We lacked a lit­tle in the bat­ting af­ter los­ing both of them but once both of them were there it was def­i­nite­ly game on.”

She added: “The spir­its are still very high in the camp. We can still win the tour­na­ment come Sun­day.”

Opt­ing to bat first, South Africa Women were pro­pelled to 299 for eight off their 50 overs by Wolvaardt, who stroked 11 fours and a six in a 123-ball knock.

Af­ter fast bowler Shamil­ia Con­nell (4-57) struck twice to re­duce the home side to 40 for two in the sev­enth over, Wolvaardt an­chored a 141-run, third wick­et stand with cap­tain Sune Lu­us (56) to re­build the in­nings.

Lu­us count­ed five fours off 93 de­liv­er­ies but was one of three wick­ets to fall for 38 runs along with Wolvaardt, as West In­dies Women clawed their way back to leave the hosts on 219 for five in the 43rd over.

How­ev­er, Chloe Try­on belt­ed a cameo 24-ball 43 with two fours and three six­es in a 75-run sixth wick­et part­ner­ship with Na­dine de Klerk (22), to re­gain the ini­tia­tive at the back end.

In re­ply, Ra­ha­da Williams (1) notched her third suc­ces­sive sin­gle dig­it score of the se­ries when she edged a dri­ve low to Lu­us at slip off Kha­ka in the sec­ond over with four runs on the board.

And when the in-form De­an­dra Dot­tin drove the same bowler firm­ly to short mid-wick­et to fall for 12, two overs lat­er, West In­dies Women were in trou­ble at 14 for two.

Knight, with one pre­vi­ous fifty to her name in ODIs, then set about re­pair­ing the dam­age in a cru­cial 72-run, third wick­et stand – first with Tay­lor – and then with Hay­ley Matthews (15), be­fore adding a fur­ther 55 for the fifth wick­et with She­maine Camp­belle (16).

Dropped on 15 at cov­er in the ninth over, Knight com­posed her­self to reach her land­mark off 73 balls with a four in the 25th over off de Klerk.

Tay­lor, mean­while, was forced off in the 14th over with the score on 52 for two af­ter be­ing struck by a loop­ing short ball from Na­dine de Klerk in the pre­vi­ous over. She was re­placed by con­cus­sion sub­sti­tute Aaliyah Al­leyne.

Matthews fol­lowed in the 21st, bowled play­ing back to one from Is­mail that nipped back sharply, and Camp­belle was caught and bowled by leg-spin­ner Chloe Try­on in the 33rd.

Knight’s dis­missal – hol­ing out in the deep in the 32nd over – trig­gered the fi­nal slide as West In­dies Women lost their next six wick­ets for 62 runs.

CMC

Left-han­der Ky­cia Knight … struck a half-cen­tu­ry.

Scores:

SOUTH AFRICA WOMEN 299 for eight off 50 overs (Lau­ra Wolvaardt 117, Sune Lu­us 56, Chloe Try­on 43, Na­dine de Klerk 22; Shamil­ia Con­nell 4-54)

WEST IN­DIES WOMEN 203 off 44.4 overs (Ky­cia Knight 69; Shab­n­im Is­mail 4-37, Ayabon­ga Kha­ka 2-27).

Re­sult: South Africa Women won by 96 runs.