South African batter Lizelle Lee
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The Proteas secured their first series win in the Caribbean when they chased down 157 with 13.2 overs to spare to complete an 8-wickets win over the West Indies Women on Tuesday.
Dane van Niekerk’s team have an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series with two matches still to play.
Winning the toss and electing to field, the opening bowling duo of Mazrinne Kapp and Shabnim Ismail applied the necessary pressure from the outset and were rewarded with a wicket each when they had openers, Hayley Matthews (2) and Chedean Nation (1) back in the dugout inside five overs.
Speedster, Ismail was the pick of the bowlers for the Proteas as she picked up (3/31).
Ismail struck early in her spell starting with Matthews (11) who was brilliantly caught and bowled in the third over.
Kapp joined in on the action as she continued her impressive streak on this tour with the wicket of Chedean Nation (6) who was caught at slip by Dane Van Niekerk.
Notwithstanding the 77-run partnership between Rashada Williams (37 off 79) and Deandra Dottin (71 off 123) the hosts did not offer much in the innings as wickets continued to tumble with a combination of some fine bowling and fielding as the West Indies were bowled out for 157.
Ayabonga Khaka (2/22) and Sune Luus (2/25) helped set up the Proteas for a relatively easy chase which was beautifully orchestrated by the opening pair of Lizelle Lee 78* (120) and Laura Wolvaardt 52 (68).
The duo were in no mood to waste any time as Wolvaardt brought up her 21st half-century and Lee shortly followed shortly after with her 22nd fifty.
They made the home side pay by putting on 122-run for the first wicket, the seventh century stand between the pair. Despite a couple of wickets falling towards the latter stages, the Lee and Van Niekerk saw the Proteas home.
The two sides will be back in action on Thursday for the fourth match in the series.