South Africa Women 283 for 7 ( Tryon 92, Wolvaardt 55, Luus 52, Garth 3-61) beat Ireland Women 194 (Garth 72*, Luus 6-36) by 89 runs
Twenty-year old Suné Luus became only the second player to make a half-century and take a five-for in a women's ODI as South Africa Women crushed Ireland Women by 89 runs in the first ODI in Dublin. Luus, the legspinning allrounder, struck her maiden ODI fifty to help South Africa post 283 for 7 after they were put in. She followed it with 6 for 36 - the second-best figures by a South African in women's cricket - as Ireland were bowled out for 194 in 44.5 overs.
With South Africa reduced to 106 for 5 halfway into the 26th over, following the dismissal of captain Dinesha Devnarain, Luus added 142 for the sixth wicket with Chloe Tryon, who struck 92 off 68 balls. The stand ended when Luus was run-out for 52 by Kim Garth in the 48th over. Three balls later, Tryon was dismissed, but by then, South Africa had passed 250.
Garth had earlier produced a double-strike in the 11th over to undermine South Africa's solid start, which was facilitated by opener Laura Wolvaardt's 55. Garth, however, was among three Ireland bowlers to concede over six runs an over.
Gaby Lewis pitched in with a wicket, but was the first to depart in Ireland's chase of 284. Luus then struck in her first over to get rid of Cath Dalton for 12. She struck in her second over to account for Cecelia Joyce. When the other Joyce - Isobel - fell to Luus, Ireland were reduced to 54 for 4.
Luss went on to cut through the middle and lower order, even as Garth provided some fight with a career-best 72 not out, off 80 balls. Seamer Masabata Klaas complemented Luus with two wickets.
The second ODI will be played at the same venue on Sunday.