Ireland's women secure famous win over South Africa to avenge recent loss

Barry Chambers reports

Ireland's women have avenged Monday's heartbreaking loss against South Africa with a 20 run victory in their second T20 International at Claremont Road.

Clare Shillington's powerful 48 at the top of the order set up the win as she and teenager Gaby Lewis (26) shared a run-a-ball opening stand of 78.

Shillington struck six fours and cleared the ropes once in her 41 ball innings, before being run out by a direct hit - one of three in the innings.

The dismissal saw boundaries dry up as South Africa squeezed the Irish in the final stages, restricting them to what looked a slightly under-par 115 for 6 at the halfway stage.

However, Ireland responded magnificently with a disciplined bowling display backed up by a determined fielding effort.

Louise McCarthy (1-15) returned to the fold with a super display, getting the early breakthrough, while Isobel Joyce (1-22) gained the key wicket of Mignon Du Preez.

Trisha Chetty top scored with 28, before becoming one of four run-outs for the buoyant Irish.

Kim Garth (2-12) kept things tight, while Gaby Lewis (1-4) and Lucy O'Reilly (1-27) were the other wicket-takers in a fully deserved win for an Irish team which showed great character and resilience.

The teams meet again on Friday at Merrion in the first of four scheduled one-day internationals. The action at Anglesea Road will start at 10.45am.


At Claremont Road, 2nd T20I

IRELAND 115/6 (C Shillington 48, G Lewis 26, M Letsaolo 2-17)

SOUTH AFRICA 95 all out (19.3 overs; T Chetty 28, K Garth 2-12)

Ireland beat South Africa by 20 runs