SYLHET: Jenay Winster returned impressive figures but it was not enough as the South African emerging women began their tour to Bangladesh with a tough 54-run defeat to the hosts in the opening One-Day International in Sylhet on Sunday.
The young bowler claimed figures of three for 33 as Bangladesh emerging were restricted to 195 for nine in their 50 overs, with the visitors then replying with 141 all out in 44.5 overs at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium.
The South Africans, coached by Dinesha Devnarain, now trail 1-0 in the five-match series and will be hoping to bounce back in match two on Tuesday.
In their tour opener, they won the toss and bowled first, but struggled to get through the home side’s top-order.
Murshida Khatun (36) and Sharmin Sultana (34) gave the Bangladeshis a strong start, before Fargana Haque then anchored the rest of the innings with an unbeaten 71 off 102 balls (5 fours).
The South Africans did manage to chip away after the opening Khatun-Sultana salvo that yielded 78, although Haque stood firm to lift her side to a competitive total.
There was also a wicket each by Jade de Figuerido (1/33), Leah Jones (1/23), Micheala Andrews (1/22) and Faye Tunnicliffe (1/18).
The SA Emerging side made a solid start in reply, with top-scorer Andrie Steyn (41) and Robyn Searle (15) putting on 41 for the opening wicket.
But things went wrong from there as they crumbled to lost all their wickets for exactly 100. Khayakazi Mathe (17*) was the next best scorer as Salma Khatun starred with three for 25 – the away side all out with 5.1 overs to spare.
The South African Emerging Women’s squad is: Andrie Steyn, Anneke Bosch, Annerie Dercksen, Leah Jones, Faye Tunnicliffe, Jade De Figuerido, Jenay Winster, Khayakazi Mathe, Kirstie Thomson, Nondumiso Precious Shangase, Micheala Andrews, Nonkululeko Baneti, Robyn Searle, Sinalo Jafta, Tebogo Macheke.
Management: Dinesha Devnarain (Coach), Angelique Taai (Assistant Coach), Kristy Devine (Physio), Omphile Dikgetsi (Strengthening & Conditioning Coach), Marcia Letsoalo (Manager), Abram Ndhlovu (Video Analyst), Lizanne Pieterse (Doctor).
04 April 2021: 1st ODI, SICS, 09:30 – Bangladesh Emerging beat SA Emerging by 54 runs
06 April 2021: 2nd ODI, SICS, 09:30
08 April 2021: 3rd ODI, SICS, 09:30
11 April 2021: 4th ODI, SICS, 09:30
13 April 2021: 5th ODI, SICS, 09:30