Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Du Preez 65 helps SA clinch fourth win in a row. Mignon du Preez stroked her 17th ODI fifty
Mignon du Preez stroked her 17th ODI fifty
A clinical bowling display from South Africa sealed their fourth consecutive ODI victory over hosts West Indies, by 35 runs, taking their series lead to 4-0 on Wednesday (September 17).
With the series in the bag at 3-0 after the last game, South Africa rang in changes aplenty to rest some of the regulars while West Indies invited them to bat first. Led by Mignon du Preez's unbeaten 65, the visitors posted a relatively under-par 185 but it was enough to challenge West Indies' misfiring batting order that could muster only 150 in reply.
West Indies' bowlers, though, did not err. They got among the wickets early and even had South Africa on the mat at 88 for 4 at the end of the 27th over when Dane van Niekerk departed for just 20. South Africa were in a spot of bother again when they lost two more in quick succession to be reduced to 122 for 6 inside 36 overs but du Preez stitched a match-saving 63-run stand with Sinalo Jafta (28 not out) to propel her side to 185 for 6 from allotted 50 overs. The former captain hit a patient 65 off 91 deliveries, including five boundaries.
The bowlers then kicked off their defence in style, picking up two early wickets in the powerplay before van Niekerk caught Deandra Dottin off her own bowling, on 22, to create panic. Barring Rashada Williams' sedate 42, that came off 90 deliveries, none of the home team's batters put up any notable fight as South Africa kept striking at regular intervals to derail the chase. Van Niekerk was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3 for 23 as West Indies fell 35 short.
The fifth and final ODI will be played on Friday at the same venue.
Brief scores: South Africa 185/6 in 50 overs (Mignon du Preez 65*; Anisa Mohammed 2-26) beat West Indies 150/9 in 50 overs (Rashada Williams 42; Dane van Niekerk 3-23, Masabata Klaas 2-25) by 35 runs