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Du Preez fifty gives SA Women historic win

South Africa Women 226 for 6 (du Preez 80, Lee 42, Nielsen 5-39) beat New Zealand Women 222 for 8 (Bates 66, Satterthwaite 47, Kapp 3-41) by four wickets
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Mignon du Preez's 80 led South Africa Women to their first-ever win against New Zealand Women, in the second ODI in Kimberley. She struck ten boundaries in her 112-ball knock to help South Africa level the seven-match series at 1-1.

This after Lizelle Lee, who was promoted to open, made a run-a-ball 42. Morna Nielsen, the left-arm spinner, pegged South Africa back with her third ODI five-wicket haul, and was New Zealand's only wicket-taker till Holly Huddleston, the fast bowler, removed du Preez with five to get. But there were no more hiccups as South Africa completed their four-wicket victory with five balls to spare.

Earlier, New Zealand's top order showed more resolve than in the first ODI after being put in, led by captain Suzie Bates who top-scored with 66. She put on 68 for the opening wicket with Rachel Priest, and 72 for the second wicket with Amy Satterthwaite, who scored 47. However, the middle order failed once again as they slipped from 140 for 1 to 168 for 5 in a span of 7.3 overs. The collapse strangled New Zealand, and the last 12 overs fetched only 54.

Medium-pacer Marizanne Kapp was at the centre of this collapse, as she removed Sattherwaite and Katie Perkins in consecutive overs. She finished with 3 for 41 in nine overs before contributing 27 in a 49-run fifth-wicket stand with du Preez.

The win brought South Africa within one point of fourth-placed New Zealand in the ICC Women's Championship table. A win on Thursday -only the first three ODIs count towards the championships - will help the hosts jump into the top four.