Dottin four-for, Matthews ton brings Windies level against South Africa

By Sports Desk September 23, 2018
Windies Women's captain Stafanie Taylor and Hayley Matthews. Windies Women's captain Stafanie Taylor and Hayley Matthews.

Opening batsman Hayley Matthews smashed a maiden century as West Indies Women walloped South Africa Women by 115 runs to level the One Day International (ODI) series at 1-1 in Brigdetown Barbados on Saturday.

After losing the first ODI and seeing the rain-hit second called off, the Windies entered the encounter needing a win to avoid a loss on regional soil.  The team got off to a shaky start after losing Matthew’s opening partner Kycia Knight after only three overs.  Matthew’s, however, partnered with Windies captain Stafanie Taylor (46) as the two posted 176 for the second wicket.

Following Taylor’s departure after being caught by Chloe Tyron off the bowling of Marizanne Kapp, Deandra Dottin added more momentum to the Windies innings with a quickfire 44 off 59 balls.   Matthews struck 17 fours in her 146-ball 117 as West Indies piled up 292.

In pursuit, South Africa lost Lizelle Lee and Sune Luus inside the first five overs, but captain Dane van Niekerk (77) and Laura Wolvaardt (54) battled to put on fighting half-centuries to add 108 for the third wicket.  Following the dismissal of Wolvaardt, who was stumped off legspinner Afy Fletcher, Dottin ran through the South Africa middle- and lower order.  Dottin ended with figures of 4 for 36.

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