South Africa won the first ODI with ease against West Indies. ©ICC

Sune Luus’ stable 58 and Marizanne Kapp’s 3-for helped South Africa to beat West Indies by 40 runs in the first match of their three-match series at the  Kensington Oval on Sunday (September 16) and grab 2 valuable points in the ICC Women’s Championship table. Chasing 201 wasn’t difficult for West Indies but the brilliant spells from South Africa bowlers restricted them within 161 on board to claim an easy win.

West Indies chose to field first after winning the toss.  Put into bat, South Africa lost their in-form opener Lizelle Lee very cheaply in the very first over of the match. Sune Luus along with opener Laura Wolvaardt did a fine job, added 99 runs for the second wicket. After Wolvaardt fell at 45 in the 28th over, captain Dane van Niekerk joined Luus at the crease.

Just when a new partnership was needed to steady the ship, Luus fell at 58 off 86. After her dismissal, Mignon du Preez too joined her in the dugout. Chloe Tryon joined her captain, scored a quickfire 23 off 14 before getting dismissed by Dottin. 4 wickets fell in a quick succession while experienced captain Dane van Niekerk anchored the innings till the end and remain unbeaten with 46. South Africa put up 201 at the end of 50 overs.

Taylor scalped 3 wickets while Dottin and Connell picked up 2 and 1 wicket each for West Indies.

While chasing, Windies women lost their opener Hayley Matthews in the very first over with an easy catch to the keeper. Captain Stafanie Taylor too didn’t stay for a long time and got out by giving an easy catch to Mali at mid-on. South Africa bowlers started picking up wickets at regular intervals and soon Windies were struggling at 54/4 at the 18th over.

Dottin tried her best to score big but fell at 19. Aguilleira and Afy Fletcher both got trapped LBW in Kapp’s 6th over. After that, Campbelle and Mohammed added 38 runs before the latter got out at 23. Shemaine Campbelle was the top scorer for the hosts with 46.

Kapp picked up 3 wickets, Sekhukhune and Mali bagged 2 while Klass, Niekerk and Luus scalped 1 wicket each for South Africa.

The teams will play their second ODI on September 19 at Kensington Oval.