The West Indies stubbornly stuck to their guns in the fifth and final Women's One Day International (ODI), beating South Africa by a comfortable 22 runs in Dominica on Tuesday. Stefanie Taylor and Shemaine Campbelle shared a 117-run partnership for the second wicket to lead the hosts to a two-all series draw.
Taylor was once again the in-form player, scoring 76 off 107 balls to help her side to a competitive 177/8 in their 50 overs after they were asked to bat first by the visitors. Campbelle also provided a damaging 47-run contribution before her innings was halted by Chloe Tryon (2/28).
Apart from Tryon, the only other bowler to take a significant number of scalps was leading wicket taker, Dané van Niekerk, who took a crucial 3/31 as the rest of the attack found it difficult to penetrate the obstinate Taylor/Campbelle partnership and West Indian line up in general. The batters were good at forming consistent and useful partnerships throughout the innings to get their end result.
In reply, South Africa once again lost two wickets in moderately quick succession. Trisha Chetty (9) failed to score runs as Taylor (1/26) struck with the ball, ending her 22-run opening partnership with Savannah Cordes in the first ball of the sixth over. Cordes followed 12 balls later, run out for 11 off the bowling of Shaquana Quintyne (2/34).
Captain, Mignon du Preez (25) and Marizanne Kapp (40) put up a good fight, sharing a 43-run partnership before Quintyne had du Preez trapped lbw in the 18th over. Cri-Zelda Brits added 35 essential runs before she was run out by Windies captain, Merissa Aguillera.
The rest of the middle order and tail were not given the opportunity to contribute much towards their team's bottom-line as the hosts kept the pressure up. The only exception was number eight batter Tryone, who managed 14 runs before Campbelle and Taylor formed another bowling/fielding partnership to remove her, leaving South Africa on 142/8 after 42.3 overs. Two ducks from Sunette Loubser and Dinesha Devnarain did not help matters as the visitors were skittled out for 155 runs off 46.3 overs.
The teams will meet in a two-match T20 series on Saturday, 19 and Sunday 20 January to cap off the tour.