South Africa ease to victory against Ireland

Clare Shillington made her 150th appearance for Ireland
Clare Shillington made her 150th appearance for Ireland

Chloe Tyron and Sune Luus starred for South Africa as they beat Ireland by a comprehensive 89 runs at Anglesea Road in the first of four one-day internationals.

Tyron’s powerful innings contained no fewer than 6 sixes as she batted magnificently to top score with 92 from just 68 balls.

She shared a 6th wicket stand of 142 in just 129 balls with Sune Luus to rescue South Africa from a precarious 106 for 5.

The pivotal moment in the game came when Tyron was dropped on 13, and she made the Irish pay with a increasingly brutal innings.

Luus proved the perfect foil – making a fine 52 from 67 balls (7 fours) as South Africa made an imposing 283 for 7.

Opener Laura Wolvaardt had played positively striking 9 fours in her 55 dominating an opening stand of 52 with Chetty (10).

Kim Garth (3-61) was the most successful of the Irish attack, although spinners Ciara Metcalfe (1-31) and Gaby Lewis (1-37) exerted the most control.

The Irish slumped to 56 for 5 in reply despite 23 from Cecelia Joyce and thereafter it was all about respectability.

Clare Shillington (29) – playing in her 150th game for the Girls In Green – shared a 50 run stand with vice-captain Kim Garth as Ireland showed plenty of fight.

Sune Luus (6-36) bowled superbly as the Irish innings faltered but Garth remained defiant in top scoring with an unbeaten 72.

The Pembroke all-rounder struck 7 fours in her 80 ball knock as Ireland were dismissed for 194 – losing by 89 runs.

The teams meet again in the second one-day international at Claremont Road on Sunday.


At Anglesea Road, 1st ODI

SOUTH AFRICA 283/7 (50 overs; C Tyron 92, L Wolvaardt 55, S Luus 52, K Garth 3-61)

IRELAND 194 all out (44.5 overs, K garth 72*, C Shillington 29, C Joyce 23, S Luus 6-36)

South Africa Women beat Ireland Women by 89 runs