Brave Ireland Downed By South Africa
August 9th 2016 | International
Ireland Women put in a brave display before falling to a 67 run loss against South Africa in Malahide.
The new opening pairing of Clare Shillington and debutant Una Raymond-Hoey scored 25 apiece as Ireland replied to South Africa’s 260 for 6.
Cath Dalton and Gaby Lewis fell early, but an 85-run fifth wicket stand between Isobel Joyce and Kim Garth gave the Girls in Green hope of pulling off a famous win.
Former skipper Joyce struck 8 boundaries as he she top scored with a superb 57, while current vice-captain Garth scored her second half century of the series with an undefeated 51.
At 160 for 4 with 15 overs left, Ireland were genuine contenders - however, star spinner Sune Luus claimed a five wicket-haul to extinguish Irish ambitions, as they lost six wickets for 33 runs to finish on 193 all out.
Earlier, openers Laura Wolvaardt and Trisha Chetty shared an opening stand of 192 - the second highest partnership in South Africa’s history.
The impressive Wolvaardt struck 14 boundaries in her 105, while Chetty anchored the innings with 95 - before being run out from the penultimate ball of the innings.
Ciara Metcalfe (2-37), was again the pick of the Irish attack which fought back well after the initial onslaught. Lucy O’Reilly (1-43) and Isobel Joyce (0-46 in 10) keeping the runs in check.
The teams meet again on Thursday at The Hills in the final match of the series.
IRELAND WOMEN v SOUTH AFRICA WOMEN
At Malahide, 3rd ODI
SOUTH AFRICA WOMEN 260/6 (50 overs; L Wolvaardt 105, T Chetty 95, C Metcalfe 37)
IRELAND WOMEN 193 all out (45 overs; I Joyce 57, K Garth 51*, C Shillington 25, U Raymond-Hoey 25, S Luus 5-32)
South Africa beat Ireland by 67 runs