South Africa trounce Ireland to reach ODI final

January 15, 2014 - 2:29:41 pm

Action from the tri-nation women’s cricket tournament One -Day International match between Ireland and South Africa at West End Park International Cricket Stadium in Doha yesterday. South Africa defeated Ireland by eight wickets to reach the final. In the final on Friday, south Africa will take on Pakistan.Pictures by: Abdul Basit

Doha: South Africa reached the final of the triangular One-day women series by routing Ireland here yesterday.

Irealnd batting first were bowled out for a paltry 53 runs and South Africa reached the target  by losing just two wickets.

Ireland thus have lost three of their four matches, with the fourth being abandoned.

South Africa’s decision to field paid off as they dismissed Ireland’s top six for 15 runs. 

After Ireland lost the first two wickets for 13, Chloe Tryon and Dane van Niekerk shared the next four wickets to reduce Ireland to 17 for 6. 

Melissa Scott-Hayward and Mary Waldron halted the collapse for a bit, surviving for the next nine overs. But Marizanne Kapp took two quick wickets to leave them at 38 for 8. 

The last two batsmen also resisted for a bit before Scott-Hayward became the last wicket to fall, for 71-ball 20.

Van Niekerk finished with 3 for 8 from 5.3 overs and Tryon, Kapp and Shabnim Ismail took two each.

South Africa openers Lizelle Lee and Trisha Chetty started slow in their chase before both fell in quick succession in consecutive overs for 15 and 24 respectively. Mignon du Preez and Kapp took them home in the 14th over for their first win of the series.

Table-toppers Pakistan and South Africa will play the last league game today before the series final on Friday.

Brief Scores: South Africa: 54 for 2 (Chetty 24) bt Ireland 53 all out (Van Niekerk 3-8, Ismail 2-5, Tryon 2-10) by eight wickets.The Peninsula

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