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South Africa Women vs West Indies Women: Birthday Treat For Taylor

By on June 11, 2009

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West Indies Women won by 4 runs…

Stafanie Taylor celebrated her 18th birthday in style by scoring a half-century and taking a wicket as West Indies edged past South Africa in a thrilling opening match of the women’s competition.

Taylor scored a patient 52 at the top of the order as West Indies posted 123 for seven – a total which South Africa got within one boundary of overhauling during a tense last over.

With four runs needed to win, Stacy-Ann King threw down the stumps to run out Shabnin Ismail and spark a mass celebration.

It was two other run-outs, however, which changed the shape of the South Africa chase.

Nineteen-year-old Mignon du Preez, who smashed a double hundred when she was just 12, had cruised to an attractive 38 from just 22 balls when she was involved in a mix-up with Alicia Smith and was run out by Shakera Selman.

South African hopes rested on the broad shoulders of Sunette Loubser, whose late riposte looked like being enough but, having reached 19, including one six, she became another run-out victim, King again hitting the stumps.

The West Indies innings was based around birthday girl Taylor.

Strong when punching the ball straight down the ground, Taylor cracked six boundaries in her 52-ball stay at the crease which ended when she aimed an ugly swipe off Shabnin Ismail.

Support for Taylor was scant, however, and West Indies will wonder if they should have scored more having been 44 without loss.

Pamela Lavine, Taylor’s opening partner, cracked a quickfire 24 before she lost her off stump to Smith.

West Indies struggled against Dane van Niekerk, a 16-year-old leg-spinner whose run-up and action is reminiscent of the great Shane Warne.

She took two wickets, that of Debbie-Ann Lewis and Juliana Nero, and, with a dearth of leg-spinners in women’s cricket, could be a real star of the future.

Ismail was the other South Africa bowler to take two wickets, the second of which was Deandra Dottin, who was threatening to cut loose towards the end of the innings after striking the game’s first six.

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