Mere days after Courtney Walsh called for the batters to improve, interim captain Anisa Mohammed is reiterating the charge following the West Indies eight-wicket loss to South Africa at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua.
The loss meant that South Africa has taken an unassailable 3-0 leave in the series that will now move to the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium for the final two matches on Thursday, September 16 and Sunday, September 19.
Taking first strike, the West Indies were bowled out for 157 in 48.4 overs despite the best efforts from Deandra Dottin, who faced 123 balls for her score of 71. She and Rashada Williams, who scored 37, laid a foundation having put together a third-wicket partnership of 77 in 23 overs.
BATTERS NEED TO STEP UP
However, when Williams got out, the West Indies lost wickets regularly. Had it not been for a sixth partnership of 39 between Dottin and Qiana Joseph the outcome would have been much worse as when Joseph got out for 8 with the West Indies at 141-6 in the 44th over, the West Indies lost their last four wickets for just 16 runs by the 49th over.
“I think the batters need to step up and make some runs for us. 157 runs in a 50-over game. You’re only going at three runs per over which is easy pickings for a team like South Africa,” said a frustrated Mohammed afterwards.
“I thought Williams and Dottin played really well today but again, they need that support. A couple of others need to step up and stay there with them.”
The main destroyers for South Africa were Shabnim Ismail, who took 3-31 and Ayabonga Khaka 2-22.
Chasing a modest 158 for victory, South Africa cruised to their target with 80 balls to spare as, Lizelle Lee scored an unbeaten 78 and Laura Wolvaardt, 53.
Joseph took 2-24 for the hapless Windies Women.
Notwithstanding the outcome of the match and the loss of the series, Mohammed is not convinced that South Africa is the better team.
“A lot of people have been saying that South Africa have gone past us but I keep saying to the team I don’t believe that,” she said.
“I believe that we’re just not playing our best cricket. Look back at the third T20I and South Africa weren’t able to beat us, so if we come out here on a game day and play our best cricket, South Africa is not going to beat us.