Lee half-century sets up SA women victory
Posted by: Cricket South Africa on Monday, 20 January 2014

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Lizelle Lee scored 50 off 63 balls to lead South Africa to 119/2 and their first victory by 46 runs in the T20 segment of the Qatar International Women’s Cricket Championship in Doha on Monday. 

South Africa made a strong return to their winning ways after they suffered a six-wicket loss to Pakistan in their opening match on Sunday.

Lee’s opening stand of 61 runs with Trisha Chetty (23) gave the side a solid base from which to finish their innings strongly, on a pitch that was not batter-friendly. Mignon du Preez and Marizanne Kapp added unbeaten 18 (off 18 balls) and 19 (off 11 balls) runs respectively to get their side to the competitive total.

Ireland’s Laura Delany was the only successful wicket taker, returning figures of 2/33 in her four overs.

The Irish reply was met with strong resistance from South Africa. Leg-spinner, Dané van Niekerk, was the chief destroyer with the ball, taking three wickets for 15 off her four overs. Kapp followed up her good work with the bat with two wickets for just nine off her allotted overs. 

Ireland were restricted to 73/8 to give the Proteas a well-deserved victory.

“It was tough losing our first game yesterday,” SA skipper, Mignon du Preez said. “We faced tough competition from a tough opponent and were found lacking on the day. Today, we were out to prove a point to ourselves and we stepped out of the shadow of the loss. I’m very proud of the way the team picked itself up and went on with business as usual. Wednesday, it’s going to be another big day for us, but we’ll do our best to finish the day unbeaten.”

South Africa will play their double-header on Wednesday. They will take on Ireland at 13:00 local time (12:00 SA time) and Pakistan at 17:00 local time (16:00 SA time).


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