New Zealand Women 196 for 2 (Priest 86, Satterthwaite 81*) beat South Africa Women 194 (van Niekerk 48*, Satterthwaite 3-33, Rowe 2-27) by eight wickets
South Africa Women's ordeal of collapses continued into the fourth ODI against New Zealand Women as they were bowled out for 194 to lose by eight wickets in Paarl and trail the the seven-match series 3-1. Amy Satterthwaite led the charge for New Zealand by first taking three wickets and then scoring an unbeaten 81 in a partnership of 139 with opener Rachel Priest, who scored an attacking 86 off 67. New Zealand cruised to the target in 28.2 overs, leaving South Africa to win all three remaining matches to win the series.
Asked to bat, South Africa were reduced to 13 for 2 in the third over, before Mignon du Preez (27) and Dinesha Devnarain (42) lifted them with a 51-run stand. Once Hannah Rowe broke that stand, South Africa suffered their first collapse, stuttering from 64 for 2 to 99 for 5. Captain Dane van Niekerk, who top-scored with 48, and Sune Luus (29) stitched together 66 for the seventh wicket, before the hosts collapsed again, losing their last four wickets for the addition of just two runs. They lost their last three batsmen for no runs, similar to the first ODI of the series when they lost five wickets without scoring a run.
Satterthwaite finished with 3 for 33 after taking three of the last five wickets, while the other two were run-out. Rowe took two wickets and an in-form left-arm spinner Morna Nielsen, who opened the bowling, returned parsimonious figures of 1 for 20 in 10 overs.
New Zealand made a change in their opening combination as Natalie Dodd opened with Priest but the move did not work as Dodd was bowled by Marizanne Kapp for 1 in the second over. Priest and Satterthwaite let loose after that to flatten South Africa. Priest scored her half-century off 36 balls and slammed 13 fours and a six before being caught off Ayabonga Khaka, but the visitors were going at nearly seven an over and had only 52 runs left. Satterthwaite, who struck her second unbeaten fifty, saw them through with 81 off 71 balls, studded with 10 fours and a six.
The fifth ODI takes place at the same venue on Wednesday.