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Matthews smashes 117 to help WI women level ODI series

23 Sep 2018, 13:42 GMT+10

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West Indies women 292 for 5 (Matthews 117, Dottin 59, Kapp 4-55) beat South Africa women 177 (van Niekerk 77, Wovaardt 54, Dottin 4-36) by 115 runs

After a duck in the first ODI and a washed-out second ODI, Hayley Matthews returned to form in the third, smashing her maiden hundred to help West Indies level the three-match series 1-1 against South Africa. Matthews struck 17 fours in her 146-ball 117 as West Indies piled up 292 runs after opting to bat, following which right-arm pacer Deandra Dottin took four South Africa wickets to skittle the visitors out for 177 and complete a resounding 115-run win in Bridgetown.

After losing her opening partner Kycia Knight in the third over, Matthews played the starring role in a 176-run second-wicket partnership with the captain Stafanie Taylor (46) to set up a base for a high-scoring finish to their innings, after which Dottin came in at No. 4 to smash a rapid 44-ball 59 - including three sixes - to take West Indies close to the three-hundred run mark. South Africa's Marizanne Kapp finished the innings with a four-wicket haul.

South Africa had a poor start to their chase, losing Lizelle Lee and Sune Luus inside the first five overs, but fighting half-centuries from Laura Wolvaardt (54) and the captain Dane van Niekerk (77) added 108 for the third wicket. After Wolvaardt was stumped off legspinner Afy Fletcher in the 30th over following her 82-ball stay, Dottin ran through the South Africa middle- and lower order. South Africa lost their last six wickets for 25 runs, with the team being bowled out for 177 in the 43rd over. No batsman, apart from Wolvaardt and van Nierkerk, managed to reach double digits. Dottin's 4 for 36 was her second-best ODI figures. After the win, West Indies moved to fourth on the ICC Women's Championship points table while South Africa remained second-last in the eight-team competition.

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