Laura Wolvaardt’s maiden One-Day International century came against Ireland in August last year. On Thursday (May 11), the 18-year-old’s second hundred too came against the same side.
Wolvaardt’s career-best 149 headlined a strong batting performance from South Africa Women to complete a 178-run win over Ireland Women in their Women’s Quadrangular Series match in Potchefstroom.
Chasing the home side’s 337 for 5, Ireland could only manage 159 for 8 in their 50 overs.
Wolvaardt’s run-a-ball effort included 17 fours, and was backed up by handy contributions from Lizelle Lee (40 off 36), Trisha Chetty (70) and Mignon du Preez (32 off 17).
The total was South Africa’s highest in Women’s ODIs. Wolvaardt and Chetty, who had set the record for their country’s best partnership for the opening wicket (192) in that Dublin match in August, now also hold the record for the highest partnership for the second wicket with their 179-run stand.
Mary Waldron top-scored for the Associate nation with 35.
Brief scores: South Africa Women 337/5 in 50 overs (Lizelle Lee 40, Laura Wolvaardt 149, Trisha Chetty 70, Mignon du Preez 32; Aoife Briggs 3-64) beat Ireland Women 159/8 in 50 overs (Mary Waldron 35, Laura Delany 23, Lara Maritz 25*; Sune Luus 2-27) by 178 runs.
India v Zimbabwe
India’s spinners shared seven wickets among themselves to set up a comfortable nine-wicket win in their one-dayer over Zimbabwe Women.
Even without the experienced Jhulan Goswami and Ekta Bisht in their line-up, India bundled out their opponents for 93 in 38.4 overs, all the six bowlers used chipping in with at least one wicket. Rajeshwari Gayakwad, the left-arm spinner, took 3 for 25 while Deepti Sharma, the offspinner, finished with 2 for 14.
Harmanpreet Kaur and Mona Meshram’s unbroken 93-run stand for the second wicket guided their side past the target in 18.3 overs.
Veda Krishnamurthy, who hasn’t needed to bat in the matches so far, was promoted up the order to find some form and get match practice, but she lasted just three balls before falling for a duck.
Brief scores: Zimbabwe Women 93 in 38.4 overs (Rajeshwari Gayakwad 3-25, Deepti Sharma 2-14) lost to India Women 94/1 in 18.3 overs (Harmanpreet Kaur 38*, Mona Meshram 46*) by nine wickets.