Sri Lanka win twice on record-breaking day
Sri Lanka Women 84 for 2 (Galagedara 42*, Qureshi 1-20) beat Pakistan Women 80 (Marina Iqbal 16, Kaushalya 2-17) by eight wickets
Pakistan slid to heavy defeat against Sri Lanka in one of the the first-round games from the ICC Women's Cricket Twenty20 Challenge at the North-West University No. 2 Ground in Potchefstroom.
After being asked to bat first, Pakistan had reached 33 for 1 in the sixth over before their top-order was blown away in 16 deliveries. Top-scorer Marina Iqbal was stumped off Lasanthi Madushani for 16 before three wickets fell for six runs to leave Pakistan reeling at 39 for 5. A 24-run ninth-wicket stand between Asmavia Iqbal and Sania Khan pushed the total to 80.
Sri Lanka's openers added 56 inside 10 overs before Chamari Polgampola was trapped in front for 18. Inoka Galagedara stood firm and steered her side to victory, ending unbeaten on a run-a-ball 42 and picking the Player of the Match award.
West Indies Women 101 for 4 (Nero 39, Ismail 1-18) beat South Africa Women 98 (Chetty 43, King 3-19) by six wickets
South Africa lost eight wickets for 20 runs to slide to defeat to West Indies at the North-West University No.1 Ground in Potchefstroom.
The hosts were favourites after winning the one-day leg of the ICC Women's Cricket Challenge but their batting collapse left West Indies needing just 99 for victory. They suffered a batting scare of their own when they were wobbling at 35 for 3 in the 9th over but a 33-run stand between Juliana Nero and Deandra Dottin steadied the chase.
Fittingly it was Stacy-Ann King who finished proceedings with a run-a-ball 17, completing a fine all-round game after her 3-19 ushered South Africa's collapse.
Having been asked to bat first, South Africa reached a steady 78 for 3 in the 14th over before collapsing. Trisha Chetty top-scored with 43 from 47 balls but she could not find much support after Anisa Mohammed picked two wickets in two balls with her offspin. King took two more in quick succession as the home side were bundled out for 98.
Sri Lanka Women 127 for 6 (Galagedara 28, Delany 2-16) beat Ireland Women 116 for 7 (Joyce 37, de Alwis 2-21) by 11 runs
Sri Lanka claimed their second win of the day when they held off Ireland in a hard-fought contest at the North-West University No. 2 Ground.
Having eased past Pakistan earlier in the day, they were given a much stiffer test by a spirited Ireland side thanks mainly to the all-round effort of Isobel Joyce.
Joyce, whose brother Ed has a ODI hundred for England against Australia, first took two wickets to restrict Sri Lanka to 127 and then spearheaded a bright start to the chase with a fluent 37 but it wasn't enough.
Batting first after winning the toss, Galagedara picked up from where she left off against Pakistan, stroking six boundaries on her way to a breezy 28 from 23 balls. She received able support from the rest of the middle order with Dilani Manodara ending unbeaten on 26 to set Ireland 128 for victory.
While Joyce was motoring along, cracking five boundaries in her innings, Ireland seemed to be well placed. She carried the score to 60 for 2 off 8.3 overs before falling to Shashikala Siriwardene's offspin. Thereafter Laura Delany was the only Ireland player to find any fluency, finishing unbeaten on 24 as Sri Lanka's bowlers ensured victory.
South Africa Women 205 for 1 (Fritz 116* Chetty 55) beat Netherlands Women 90 for 7 (Wattenberg 22, Nell 2-12) by 115 runs
Shandre Fritz blazed a world record 116 off 71 balls to lead South Africa to a crushing victory over Netherlands at the North-West University No. 1 Ground.
South Africa lost their earlier game against West Indies after a batting collapse but there was no mistake here as Fritz shared a 170-run opening stand with Trisha Chetty who made 55.
All the Netherlands bowlers suffered as Fritz cracked 12 fours and two sixes to bat through the 20 overs and beat West Indies batsman Deandra Dottin's 112 not out against South Africa, which was the previous record. Fritz fell one short of equalling Chris Gayle's 117, the record in the men's game.
Chetty at the other end was no slouch either, smiting six boundaries in her 41 deliveries. It took a run out to separate the pair but the arrival of Jana Nell did nothing to halt the run-rate as South Africa powered on past 200.
It was always going to be too tough a chase for Netherlands but after Masabata Klaas struck twice in her first two overs the game was as good as over. Nell added two wickets to her contribution with the bat, removing Esther Lanser and Denise Hannema, but Netherlands' lower order managed to bat through the 20 overs.