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Andrie Steyn scored 117  © Getty Images (File Photo)

Andrie Steyn’s maiden century helped South Africa Women to join India Women in the final of Quadrangular Series defeating Ireland by 120 runs at North-West University No.1 Ground in Potchefstroom. Meanwhile, Ireland will proceed to the 3rd place playoff game against Zimbabwe Women on May 21, the same day as that of the final. South Africa received the momentum with their openers Andrie and Sune Luus who stitched 209 runs for the opening wicket, the highest opening stand for South Africa in ODIs. As for the bowlers, Ayabonga Khaka was the highest wicket-taker ending with figures 3 for 15. For Ireland skipper, Mary Waldron was the top-scorer with 52-ball 41.

Chasing mammoth target of 323, Ireland were off to a steady start and got boundaries at regular intervals. Mary and Leah Paul added 54 runs for the opening wicket, the highest of the Ireland innings. Ayabonga was right on money providing the first breakthrough for South Africa dismissing Waldron for 41. The slump continued when Ayabonga bagged her second wicket in succession of Leah for 17. Gaby Lewis and Rebecca Stokell also kept the Ireland hopes alive with the second highest partnership of 40. But a mix-up between the two ended Stokell’s innings.

Ayabonga continued to hammer Ireland, scalping her third wicket for the day removing Gaby for 26. Shauna Kavanagh and Jennifer Gary tried to spark the innings with their 39-run partnership, but nothing worked as South African bowlers continued to be economical. The collapse continued when Jennifer was gone for 18 followed by the wicket of Shauna. Ireland’s late bloom in the death overs could not help them reach the mammoth target set by the South African Women.

Opting to bat first, their openers Andrie and Sune provided the perfect start. Their 200-plus partnership consisted of 20 boundaries. Andrie and Sune’s wickets led to wickets falling in succession as Mignon du Preez and Nadine de Klerk walked back. But Trisha Chetty changed the momentum of the game in the over of Rachael Delaney, who conceded 23 runs with 3 sixes and a four. Trisha and Chloe Tryon built a strong partnership of 36 runs for the fifth wicket.

South Africa rapidly built the runs on the board and Ireland halted them with successive wickets. Rachel ended with 3 for 70 while Aoife Beggs and Laura Boylan shared 4 wickets between them.

Brief scores:

South Africa Women 323 for 8 in 50 overs (Andrie Steyn 117, Sune Luus 83, Trisha Chetty 33; Rachel 3 for 70, Aoife Beggs 2 for 56) beat Ireland Women 203 for 6 in 50 overs (Mary Waldron 31, Gaby Lewis 26; Ayabonga Khaka 3 for 15) by 120 runs